Deborah Kiwi

Color blocked leather puffed stiletto mules, 2023.

This work visits the current craze of blown up, puffy fashion. Clean lines have been replaced by playful, bulky silhouettes. Taking the insecurities of the past few years into account, it is perhaps not surprising that we are seeing over-the-top, inflated garments everywhere. 

We can all use a bit of absurdly padded fun at the moment. Or are we actually craving the warm, protective embrace it offers? Either way, it feels like we want to divorce ourselves from our current reality. With escapism in mind, this footwear is playfully altering familiar lines and distorting volume into whimsical proportions.

Photo by Shay Ben-Efraim.

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