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    I think 'tacky alti' is closer!
  2. Strictly - It Takes Two

    My late mother never wore heels of any significance (alas), although in her late 30s when the stiletto era was emergent. Stockings/suspenders, yes, but she preferred to go bare when possible and was always a (flat) sandal lover. Thinking about it, she was pretty unfashionable all round and somewhat bohemian; never glamorous. There was an easy way to approximate a post-decimal conversion back to 'real money'. Double the decimal figure and put a 'shilling stroke' between the figures, e.g. 27p = 5/4d; 93p = 18/6d; £2.63 = 52/6d (£2.12.6). (it works the other way round too: 4/9d = 24p. I remember too bombsites, rationing (just), smog, Sputnik and the Suez crisis!
  3. Strictly - It Takes Two

    Not unkind at all! I'm proud to have been around (and observant) when winkle-pickers and policemen's helmets were seen every day. And nurses wore seamed black stockings and starched caps, errand boys whistled and railway porters carried luggage for a tanner tip. Alas, nostalgia is not what it used to be ...
  4. Strictly - It Takes Two

    I remember that exchange too - and I'm sure I've posted it here. My copyright!
  5. Strictly - It Takes Two

    The toes are not particularly long or very sharply pointed. The whole appearance is well-balanced; they would look totally wrong imho if they had a stubby or rounded toe, quite apart from the foreshortening effect. My Miguel Jones boots have a high 5" heel and their pointed toes are longer - perhaps a little too long (and I like pointed toes!) - but again the overall look is balanced:
  6. Strictly - It Takes Two

    True about the men's Cuban heels, which are traditional for Latin dances. Indeed, the 'Beatle boot' (of happy memory) was derived from a flamenco dancer's boot but with a more pointed toe. I have two pairs of these Madcap zip-sided boots, with 2.7" heel and neat centre-seam on the pointed toe, the tan leather (as shown) and black suede : They are good to wear, although I've not (yet) tried dancing in them. My wife doesn't like them - she thinks the heels are effeminate (not so) and that I don't need to be taller (true) whilst the pointed toes are 'old fashioned' (nonsense!). .
  7. PVC - Shiny clothing and shoes - big for 2017?

    Well, this 'skirt' ain't PVC but does look like rubber, albeit actually leather: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5020257/Balenciaga-ridiculed-1-700-car-mat-skirt.html Not at all up my street - but possibly up yours (If you'll pardon the expression).
  8. Shiny - PVC - big for AW2017

    Yet again my carefully-worded statements are misinterpreted. You should not assume that my interest in (or knowledge of) 'fashion' extends no further than the items I personally might wear, or like to wear. Like you, I have been an interested 'observer' since childhood; unlike you I have however not studied fashion in depth nor become involved in fetish wear. I willingly accept that PVC became an important fashion item from the mid-60s - but not imho (from observation) the major development of that vibrant decade or at any other time. It was certainly not the principal fashion innovation in the 60s or worn almost universally by women of all persuasions. The subsequent widespread use of PVC (or PU etc) for a variety of fashion or household purposes has no bearing on the original assertion of PVC's '1960s landmark status'.
  9. Shiny - PVC - big for AW2017

    What makes you now say that I inferred that you might suggest that PVC was all-important, at some time in the 1960s or otherwise? You merely said that many people would associate the 1960s with PVC. Maybe so, but the 1960s as a whole was a very varied decade in fashion terms (and of course otherwise) and the advent of PVC but one fashion 'landmark', and then largely in the latter half. There were many other notable and popular fashion developments in the 60s - with the mini-skirt a strong contender for that with the biggest impact. Let's leave it there. You clearly have more enthusiasm and regard for PVC than I do. Your choice!
  10. Shiny - PVC - big for AW2017

    You originally wrote: 'If a large group of people were collected together, and they could mention one thing that made them think of the 60's, I would expect a great many would suggest PVC clothing. Yes, haircut would be in there, winkle-picker and or Chelsea boots, but many would proffer PVC.' The 1960s was very much a game of two roughly equal halves, as I well remember. You rather implied it was all one era. Winkle-pickers, Chelsea boots (and stilettos) gave way mid-decade to Mary Quant, mini skirts and (I agree) PVC. That was quite a divide as hair got longer, skirts got shorter and heels got lower. I know which half I preferred!
  11. Shiny - PVC - big for AW2017

    Having the advantage (?) of age, the 1960s are perhaps more deeply etched in my memory and certainly remain very vivid. I started grammar school in 1960 and travelled daily into and around West London so saw for myself how fashion was developing. What I observed in the first half of that decade (before flower power and hippies spoiled everything) was imho a golden era and has influenced me ever since. If only I had been (say) 10 years older and truly able to participate in everything typical of that period and not merely to observe it! [Offers of a time machine set to, say, 1962 gratefully considered.] I don't think of the 60s as notably a 'PVC era', although I agree that it emerged as a component of everyday fashion, particularly during the latter part of the decade. Yes, shiny PVC jackets and coats were seen in the early 60s, complementing beehives, stilettos, pencil skirts and fishnets - a sort of 'French Tart' look (which was not appreciated by everyone, obviously), but it was only when mini skirts had become mainstream that I recall PVC becoming a more general fashion material, notably including the 'go go' knee-length boots. My impression is that PVC (and certainly shiny PVC) has usually been seen as a cheap (in both senses) substitute for leather and, unlike leather, is not really a mainstream fashion item, even now, and certainly not for men. But maybe I will be proved wrong ...
  12. 'Wet look' or shiny leggings?

    Unless further confusion has entered the arena, the discussions have been relating to the Pat Boone song 'Speedy Gonzales', rather than any subsequent cartoon characters. Predictably (and sadly), the song is now regarded as a racist slur - no further comment needed.
  13. 'Wet look' or shiny leggings?

    I think you need a better textbook on logic. One that doesn't also suggest, for example, that (a) All policemen have big feet; (b) I have big feet, so I must be a policeman. Evening all!
  14. recent article

    Indeed so. And I'll wager that anyone making a critical comment to or about any copper wearing heels or nail varnish will get his (or her) collar felt for an alleged 'hate crime'.
  15. Man Heels? Boot With Hidden Heel.

    Understood - they obviously won't work in any footwear that is not at least 'bootee' height. I've never tried them but I find it hard to understand that they could be practicable (or comfortable) except in a very well-fitting (tightly laced or zipped?) high ankle boot.