For years, no let’s be honest, forever, I thought paillettes were sequins. I assumed (wrongly apparently) that sequins were the literal translation of the word.
Recently, this week I’m embarrassed to say, I discovered that paillettes can also mean glitter whereas glitter for me is a mass of those shiny speck-y things that shed. You know what I mean. Sequins are normally solidly attached to a surface whereas glitter is glued on things and then falls off leaving sparkly bits wherever it last appeared.
I mention this because when describing one of the latest spring/summer French fashion footwear trends, everyone is referring to the blingy shoes as covered in paillettes. I say they’re covered in glitter and therefore before the season is over I maintain they won’t be so glitzy when fall rolls around. And, some of the shoes sporting sparkle are very expensive.
Babette, in our ill-fated style shoot on Tuesday first introduced me to the look when she paired a pair of navy glitter covered sandals from the French brand Beaux Sabots. They look like Birkenstocks, see above. She carries them in navy, gold and black speckles.
She says they are flying out of her boutique.
If one has a sense of humor and believes that glitter doesn’t shed, then the two pairs from Chiara Ferragni, the coke and popcorn slippers and the wink-wink pumps might be fun at 175 and 225 Euros respectively.