>> 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.
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!"