For shoe designer Richard Braqo, it’s time to celebrate Well Heeled Women – aka the women who inspire his work, and in turn the women who’ve inspired them (in heels or flats!) His newly launched campaign follows the fourth season from the bespoke Italian footwear label, and will comprise a series of films featuring brand ambassadors discussing the women they most admire.
The series’ inaugural release showcases Vanessa Kingori, publisher of GQ, and Charlotte Rey, creative director of Campbell-Rey, both shot in cinematic black-and-white. Kingori, sporting her namesake Vanessa brogue, details her reverence for Josephine Baker. “She was a great beauty and really celebrated in a time when women like her just weren’t celebrated,” Kingori comments, adding, “She was a great thinker, incredibly intelligent, a risk-taker as well as being beautiful, feminine, sexual.”
To Rey, in her Charlotte slingbacks, seeing Grace Jones perform live was a transformative experience; she says, “I was just mesmerised with her talent, and her performance, and how much she seemed to enjoy it, and how in control she was over her artistic outlet and her artistic expression.” And both women’s introduction to the venerable high heel? Tottering around in their mothers’ collections whilst young enough to be in Velcro slip-ons.