Sunday, January 29, 2012
Are shoe collections the new fragrances? Halle Berry is latest celebrity to unveil line
It used to be the case that you couldn't really call yourself a celebrity until you had your own fragrance. Now stars are aiming higher - with whole collections of footwear.
Cheryl Cole recently launched a collection on Stylistpick.com, following in the footsteps of everyone from Natalie Portman to Jay-Z. And Halle Berry - who already has her own fragrance - is now throwing her own line of sandals into the mix. The '5ths Avenue by Halle Berry' collection, designed for German retailer Deichmann Shoes, comes six months after Cindy Crawford posed with her own range of Deichmann heals.
The launch of the collection must be a welcome distraction for the actress who was interviewed by the Los Angeles Police Department yesterday over claims her ex-boyfriend pushed their daughter's nanny during an argument.
Like Crawford, Berry is 45 - and the shoot shows off her enviably toned legs as she slips on her new shoes.
The film star's spring/summer range of 40 limited edition shoes will boast peep toes with wedge heels, high-heeled sandals with straps and high-heeled sling sandals on wedge heels.
Berry said it was a 'dream come true' to have her own collection.
She said: 'Women have always loved shoes. It's like if your hair is not right and your shoes are not right, the woman is not right.
'If both of them are right, you're pretty much OK.
'And shoes are a statement. They can be very sexy; they can say something about where you are in the day; they can say what your mood is; they give you a chance to accessorize.
'And I'm a girl that loves to change my shoes all the time. It's an expression of who you are really. I'm a girl if I find a shoe that I really like I like to get them in all colours. I'm big on that.
'I would say I'm a nude girl because this goes with everything. You can dress it up and dress it down.
'I can't think of any girl who wouldn't want her name on a brand of shoes. I think that's pretty cool.
In her Deichmann commercial, Berry gets so caught up in the shoes and changes of outfit in her dressing room that she is late on a film set. She said of the ad: 'I like the concept of it. It really relates to my life and who I am as a person and what I do for a living. 'And I think there's kind of a fun element to it. And it also speaks to my love of shoes.'