>> In case you're one of those lucky sods who are enjoying sun, summer and heat somewhere in the world, the UK has been plunged into spring snow and a winter reprise.  I'm a horticultural-dunce but the spotting of the first yellow daffodils coming up from the ground have always been a sure sign that spring has come.  Sadly the only daffodils I've seen have been clothed in plastic wrapping in Waitrose.  

Therefore it was lovely to step into shoe designer Rupert Sanderson's Mayfair store last night and be confronted by a giant wall of daffodils arranged into a vertiginous heel, by Sanderson and journalist Mariella Frostup.  There were varieties that I'd never even seen but then again, according to Adrian, from R.A. Scamp in Falmouth, Cornwall who supplied these wonderful blooms, there are just under 30,000 varieties of daffodils in the world, and they grow a not so shabby 3,000 of them.  Turns out Sanderson has been naming every single pair of of his shoes since the start of his career, after a variety of daffodil.  A quick look at the Royal Horticultural Society's register of daffodil names yields specimens called Happy Miss Davis, Haute Couture, Dinkie Di, Dollar Princess and Misty Moon.  It could also be a hand book for hippy-dippy prospective parents to pick out names for future sprogs.    

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The cheery notes of those bloom varieties are certainly injected into the shoes such as these A/W 13 woven iridescent wedges or S/S 13's parrot satin heels and fruit print wedges.  I ask Sanderson, why name shoes after daffodils?  Doh!  Dumb question.  He motions to the flowers.  "Just look at them!  So uplifting!"  

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Comments (12)

  1. fantastic susie, i love your post!!!
    xoxo from germany
    http://www.mariposa-fashion.de/blog

  2. Jo says:

    Wow! Amazing pictures :)
    Love the shoes.
    http://primeministeroffun.blogspot.co.uk
    xoxo

  3. Kate Brown says:

    The shoes certainly are uplifting! And gorgeous! Please come back spring!

  4. verity says:

    She is one awesome lady !
    vasfashion.blogspot.co.uk
    V
    xxx

  5. Intiz says:

    Love those shoes :)

  6. Olive says:

    What a lovely shoes!! envy

  7. Susan says:

    Daffodils! The anticipation of spring bulbs, like waiting for the new collection from a favourite design house. I live in the subtropics, here spring bulb darlings must be coddled in the refrigerator for months and carefully planted at the coldest time. We care for and pander to these beauties – an irresisible folly – like the couture arm of a beloved label. I’m so glad there is still a place in this world for these expressions of beauty and yearning. We will always need beauty for nourishment of the soul, and I’ll keep looking forward to the frivolous couture collections and those little springtime miracles from the barren soil.

  8. Mari Givens says:

    That’s really cool. I totally love your blog, it’s been true inspiration. It inspired me to create my blog.
    http://glitterzombiesfashion.blogspot.com

  9. sara delaney says:

    I saw those daffs earlier in the day being resuscitated on site by a daffodil cpr guy at the press day….apparently the mix of blooming on time + un seasonal snow had it in for them…thus a number of blooms were being replaced when i popped in. Being Welsh and all, am particularly pleased they made it through to the night!
    p.s. what kind of job is that…being a daffodil cpr guy? I forgot to ask the dude his name but I have photographic evidence that he was helping those poor daffs out….
    http://www.notesfromastylist.com/blog

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