Sunday, 7 May 2017

Rayne Spotting 4: The Passionate Stranger

1956 film starring Margaret Leighton in Norman Hartnell gowns and Rayne shoes. (Ralph Richardson also does well).

An amusing satire on the slushy romantic novel vs. reality with a story within a story plot line. The frame is filmed in black and white, the 'melodrama' in colour.
Good performances from a stalwart cast and excellent production from Muriel and Sydney Box as usual. If you're a fan of vintage clothing there are some famous frocks in this film.


Rare glimpse of Rayne shoes

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Shoe Folklore

Red Shoes, No Knickers

A mid 20th century saying denoting the person in question is only concerned by outward appearances. A similar phrase is All fur coat no knickers or more literally all design no substance.

Red shoes have become cultural icons due to their occurrence in various pieces of literature.


Moira Shearer can't stop dancing in The Red Shoes

Judy Garland follows the yellow brick road in ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz.


Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe prove irresistable in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.


Beaded red shoes c1905


Red suede court shoes by Holmes 1950s


Red glitter sandals by Rayne c1975


Guradsman sandals by Charlotte Olympia c2015