Fashion: C'est chic, la plastique

As fashion editors last week watched Paris designers raising dresses higher and higher, there came a moment when the eyes had to come down. And there, right at floor level, many observers found their news. It was in shoes. Never has high-fashion footwear been so low. When models didn't walk barefoot, they paraded out in flat Mary Janes with straps round the ankle or across the instep. What heels there were, came in the shape of round rhinestone-covered balls or thick Pilgrim squares.

But the shoe of shoes was the one that was almost invisible: a clear plastic model decorated with...

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