By Perrie Samotin. Photos: Courtesy of Instagram.
"Dude, those YSL boots are 10k." This was a very real, very sad sentence I wrote this afternoon, informing a friend via text message about the price of the slouchy jeweled boots that walked down the fall 2017 runway. My friend, who doesn't work in fashion, saw them all over Instagram immediately following the show, designer Anthony Vaccarello's second for the label, and asked me whether she "needed them." Of course she needs them—don't we all?—but it appears getting them isn't in the cards if you're just a shiny-shoe-loving civilian.
According to WWD, the boots—handmade and covered in 3,000 rhinestones per shoe—are going to be priced at a chill $10,000 and have already racked up "many"-person waiting lists at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.
Rihanna—master stirrer-upper of fashion buzz thanks to her seasonal ability to bestow the masses with intel surrounding what item is the only one worth caring about—Instagrammed the boots after attending the house's show. This may or may not have something to do with the frenzy, although Saks’ senior vice president and fashion director Roopal Patel chalked it up to the "glitz and glamour" they embody.
Since taking over at the French fashion house last year, Vaccarello, the 27-year-old Belgian-Italian designer, has infused the label with his signature sex-appeal-heavy designs that feature asymmetry, audacious cutting techniques, and 1980s-tinged silhouettes. It's a pretty big departure from Saint Laurent's previous designer, Hedi Slimane, who knew sex appeal but kept it restrained in his beyond-cool rock-and-grunge vibe.
Although Vacaarello changed the company's name back to YSL (Slimane chopped the “Yves” after signing on in 2012, much to the initial shock of the industry), it seems he's sticking with his predecessor's commitment to It Items; Slimane was a master of creating gotta-have-it pieces like leather moto jackets, printed silk blouses, babydoll dresses, kitten-heel pumps, and, of course, a heavy rotation of status bags, although few crept up into the five-figure range.
Needless to say, the sad-face emoji my friend sent me in response pretty much sums it up. On the plus side, it's pretty much a given that Zara will be debuting their own "version" of the boot in the coming months, so there's that.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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