Margo Selby scarf.
I've written about my passion for Selby's textiles before in a post, and thought I'd revisit the London designer's home page, since I hadn't paid a call in a year or so.
There I was intrigued by a whimsical collaboration with Daita Kimura, for the Dickensian Old Curiosity Shop: shoes outfitted in Selby's trademark bubbly silk (my term).
I wouldn't wear the cocktail court shoe (wish I could see its heel, above) with a solid-color ensemble; that's too generic. Rather, I'd pair it with a riot of patterns, ideally on a bustle skirt or somesuch and a fitted jacket. Or maybe with a perfect Manish Arora dress. To my mind, pattern begets pattern.
This cocktail hogtoe boot (truly one knows this is a porcine boot before reading its name) is a peculiar mix of Victorian novel, Tim Burton film, and street chic. It's the piggy cousin to Alexander McQueen's Bedlingtons and I am in thrall.
It could look terrific with a pair of perfectly cut fluorescent beige* jodphurs (wait--do pigs and ponies mix?) and an eccentric but fitted jacket. Oh yes: and a vintage top hat.
*This is my new favorite color, which I just heard articulated in the film Precious. There's nothing precious about fluorescent beige: it's in-your-face cool.