Final Touch: Mirabella Beige
Anyone who thinks beige is boring certainly doesn’t know her fashion history. The moment former Vogue editor-in-chief Grace Mirabella walked into her new office as the head of the fashion bible in 1971, she painted over predecessor Diana Vreeland’s red walls with her favourite neutral shade – a gesture that symbolized how she would revolutionize the magazine, not to mention the global fashion scene. Vogue‘s subscription numbers more than doubled thanks to Mirabella’s belief that career women of the era wanted clothes that could transition from day to night and from the office to cocktail party. Beige was at the centre of it all.
To rock the beloved neutral shade in Mirabella’s fashion-forward career-woman way, invest in a pair of beige sandals that look sophisticated enough for the office and seductive enough for after-work drinks. The open-toe, two-piece single sole high heel with a sexy ankle strap and high back is the perfect transition piece to take you from the boardroom to the bar in style.
Pair the versatile shoe with an ahead-of-the-curve style statement, like a retro-inspired pleated mid-length skirt, which is one of the biggest upcoming trends for fall 2014. Add an extra dose of beige to your outfit with a glossy-finished clutch, complete with a gilded turn-lock closure. Accentuate the metallic elements of your ensemble by topping off the look with a statement making accessory, like the bracelet in gold. Mirabella was all about giving an unexpected twist to practical fashion, and this look is the ultimate tribute to the trendsetter’s beige-tinted legacy.