Spotted this Chanel ad in the latest issue of Elle Decor and it instantly caught my attention. The shape of the ring – part flower, part looping ribbon – looks unattainably opulent, but at the same time very familiar and whimsical. The latter is probably the case because my absent minded doodles of choice are always loopy flowers, and much of the 4 years I spent designing for Stride Rite (see sketch below) involved incorporating some sort of flower decoration on the shoes.
Inspired by Chanel’s latest Camélia in 18K white gold and diamonds (which is nowhere to be found online), I set out to construct my own version from leather and rhinestones. The rigid 8 petal flower I created first paved the way for an improved second attempt, which mixes 6 loops with some abstract ribbon ends between them. Can you imagine a pair of wedding shoes with clusters of these three dimensional crystalized camellias? Oui, oui, Mademoiselle!