I've never been big into brand names. Don't get me wrong. I have a huge appreciation for all that is Gucci, Prada, Chanel, and the high fashion company they keep. But if you were to ask me if I'd rather have $500 in my pocket or a pair of new Louboutins, I'll stick with the Benjamins.
So you can imagine that when I heard Olivia Palermo, Scarlett Johansson, Hayden Panettiere, and Michelle Trachtenberg have teamed up with designer Stuart Weitzman to make shoes for his Young Hollywood Cares collection, I wasn't over-the-top stoked. Especially since the designs start at a whopping $425.
But there's a catch here: All the proceeds go to ovarian cancer research at the Folkman Institute in Boston. That's pretty darn cool, no? You always hear "portions of the proceeds" going to such-and-such a cause. But gee, why couldn't these shoes be at least good-looking?
Palermo's design makes me think of one thing: A flamingo. If the shoe were featherless with just the black band, it would be such a classic! I could envision myself wearing these to just about every wedding I have to go to from now until forever.
I don't hate Hayden's shoe. To be honest, I have a pair of black booties like this, and I wear them during the fall and winter seasons on nights out with the girls. I'm just not too sure what that little plate of metal is all about on the top corner.
Gossip Girl must be doing some wacky things to Trachtenberg's thought process. Her blue/purple/whatever you want to call this color alligator print shoe with rhinestones up the back is way too much for me.
Scarlett's design is trendy for sure, but it screams clown fetish to me. The cutouts are what throw the curve ball here. I'd take a standard Oxford heel over this any day.
You got to hand it to Weitzman. He's gathered himself a good gaggle of girls to endorse his latest charitable venture. Trachtenberg and Panettiere will even be "unveiling" the collection on September 8 at one of his stores in NYC for Fashion's Night Out. Now that's ugly done right!
Would I be apt to buy more expensive things, like shoes from this collection, if I knew my money were going to a good cause? For sure. If I were in the market for some new shoes, then these designs could potentially be thrown into the ring. And besides, Louboutin makes enough of his money from the Kardashians as it is. He doesn't need my business.
Would you buy expensive clothes that aren't your style if the proceeds went to charity?
Images via Stuart Weitzman