RENE’ CAOVILLA//fairy princess shoes

 These are my mom's Rene' Caovilla tulle and chiffon slingback heels. We've taken to calling these the 'fairy princess shoe'. I was so jealous when she found them at the end-of-summer sales-they are truly jaw-dropping in person. I'm on the lookout for a pair of Rene' Caovillas for myself now. I was really struck by them upon first because they are so unlike any shoe on the runway in recent years and certainly unlike any shoe in my closet.

For the past couple of years, sculpture and structured shoes have ruled the runways. Even though Rene' Caovilla isn't the most contemporary/edgy shoe designer, I'm ready to embrace the type of femenine, whimsical shoes he creates. In their own way, these shoes are kind of rock and roll: they are so over the top and out of this world-not to mention sort of impractical. To me they seem almost tongue-in-cheek. They bring to mind the wardrobe of glam rockstar Marc Bolan and Sofia Coppola's Marie Aintoinette. the phrase that comes to mind is "baroque rockstar". Paired with the right things, I think these shoes could really be what's next.

I mean I love my chunky acrylic wedge Marni's, the Burberry platforms for Spring 09, the Jil Sander shoes from Fall 07 and Fall 08, but I'm ready for something new!

These shoes are far too large for me but I borrowed them just for this picture-this picture is kind of ridiculous, I didn't realize the timer was going off. Nice jazz hands, right?

Rene' Caovilla slingback heels worn with skinny satin Joie pants, a J. Crew painter tee, a really cool tux-type bib piece from Urban Outffers, and a silk Nina Ricci jacket.

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  1. Sunset says:

    ldsmfldsmgms Those shoes are AMAZING!! It’s like sparkly girl magic in physical form.

  2. Nina says:

    those are cinderella worthy shoes. so pretty…

  3. the embellishment is just stunning. and you wear them so well aswell.
    looking up Rene Caovilla right now!

  4. Amelia says:

    I love the picture. Those are pretty cool.

  5. hrose says:

    those shoes are beautiful! absolutely stunning.
    very marie-antoinette extravagance.
    lovely!

  6. cheng says:

    lol, one mis-timed shot and you still look smashing. i love the jacket; the UO bib and pants all go so well together. love the plaits. as for the shoes, i like the colour.

  7. Dana says:

    Such a nice outfit :) I am really into nude/beige shoes and black &white clothes, and this is perfection :)

  8. those shoes and that bib are fabulous!

  9. nyun says:

    you still look beatiful even without the hair down..nice.. :)

  10. Amy Williams says:

    The shoes are really great, but the outfit you’ve worn with them is even better!! `
    Seriously, I LOVE this look, those pants look amazing, and that piece from UO looks great!

  11. Brigadeiro says:

    What a shame the shoes are too big for you, I love rummaging through my mom’s closet for ‘vintage’ clothing (in my last post I wore a vintage dress & belt I claimed as mine from her closet, haha).
    -> http://brigadeirochoc.blogspot.com
    These Rene Caovilla’s are indeed ‘fairy’ shoes! And I absolutely love that Urban Outfitters Bib piece you’re wearing! Gorgeous!

  12. tindi-rindi says:

    They look like very cute wedding shoes, you know, when you peak them from under looong skirt and they just sparkle and make you feel like princess. I always loved your collection of shoes, but I think it is always good thing to have some items in your closet that doesnt really “fit” with an era. Like the bolero jacket you have, these shoes…. :)

  13. Katlin says:

    Oh yes, pleaseeee wear more of these shoes! I’m all for a chunky bad ass shoe, but I think this daintier style is so refreshing!

  14. adorable cinderella shoes.
    also excellent outfit!

  15. Malla says:

    Wow, you have so many shoes! I wish I could be able to walk with high heels, but I look like a poodle when I’am wearing it, or try to walk with it. Sorry about my english, I’m from Finland :) I found your blog about week ago and now I’m reading your every post!

  16. Chi-Chi says:

    i love your blog, can’t wait for your mother’s line to come out!

  17. yaymaryann says:

    i love these, so delicate and feminine! the first thing that came to mind for me was sofia coppola’s marie antoinette too :D

  18. googoo says:

    Love your outfit! You are always so stylish and daring! As for the shoes – they look like shoes I’ve seen in China. You can easily find street vendors selling them all over China.

  19. nathalie says:

    so cute, love the urban thing.

  20. Lindsay says:

    Coincidentally, Gilt Groupe, an online sample sale site, is selling Rene Caovilla shoes today. Feel free to email me if you’d like an invite.

  21. cher says:

    Jane, Rene Caovilla is one of the sample sales on Gilt Groupe today. Let me know if you need an invite.
    p.s. I, for one, love the jazz hands.

  22. juliet says:

    That is a new name for me. I need to check it online. The photo of you is wery show/jazz -dance.
    juliet xxx

  23. ooh, the shoes are great. perfect for a summer wedding, maybe…

  24. Marie says:

    When I first saw them, I thought, “Ew, those are the shoes all the fashionably inept girls here in Spain wear.” And THEN I saw them on you. They look amazing, you definitely rock them with sophistication. They really are something.

  25. Danielle says:

    Hey there Jane I’m a new reader and I must say you got a great style,
    I would say those shoes are a bit old, but I really like your style overall so I bet you can make them work! (:

  26. lorraine says:

    ah i love this, you look adorable! and super chic. i’ve been a regular for a while but i haven’t commented until now, so I guess I’ll add that I love mostly everything you wear. :)

  27. Amee says:

    OMG I just saw these Rene’ Caovilla shoes at my Neiman’s Last Call in one of their glass cases! They are gorgeous in person! Too bad they weren’t my size :P I’m loving the outfit!

  28. I saw this line on Gilt Group today too. There was one style that was vaguely similar–in white with pearl embellishment (very wedding-y). The other styles were not have-to-haves, so no loss . . .

  29. I am sooo upset that UO doesn’t ship to Australia. I hate always having to use a forwarding service.
    That bib is soooo cute, something I am lemming desperatley now after seeing it on you!
    Those shoes are “fairy shoes” gorgeous detailing

  30. L says:

    i like what you are wearing but i don’t like those shoes. they look like a craft project.

  31. Nubby says:

    Wow, what a blast from the past! I remember first seeing Rene’ Caovilla in Vogue over 10 years ago…

  32. stylenowhere says:

    Very very pretty. I love the color too, perfect for fair skin.

  33. Anh says:

    Those are adorable, too bad it doesn’t fit =/
    Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

  34. Becca says:

    this is picture is lovely! So sad those shoes don’t fit – they are STUNNING.

  35. lora says:

    i was going to message you to tell you that gilt is having a private sample sale with rene caovilla, but it appears people have beat me to it. if you still need an invite, let me know– but beautiful shoes!

  36. orangegit says:

    I fell in love with these shoes! I seriously cannot close the window. I’m just.. in love…
    I don’t know if this is your style but when I started looking up the Rene’ Caovilla shoes online, i thought this shoe would look good on you as well..
    http://www.renecaovilla-usa.com/pictures/670-1l.jpg

  37. h dawg says:

    awesome outfit :)
    the world needs more candids (like this, but in general, also).

  38. jessy says:

    i love this look! those shoes are just so pretty :)

  39. Shirin says:

    what a lovely pair of shoes!!

  40. They have no age. Yo look really sweet with them!

  41. Margarita says:

    I think this is my fave pic of you so far. It looks so behind the scenes and the outfit is fab.

  42. Mai. says:

    reminds me of all the shoes and clothes I inherited from the elder generation, namely all the amazing smithsonian and franco laurenti scarves in sheer silks… its almost from a different era… THAT is definitely my style :)
    and the picture is beautiful…

  43. ediot says:

    hello wow. you look amazing in that outfit

  44. atelier says:

    those shoes look amazing! It reminds me Cinderella all the time

  45. satoshi says:

    is it possible to get that UO bib anywhere online? I looked at their site and couldn’t find it. Help anyone?

  46. Jennifer B says:

    Beautiful and unique. I wish I owned something similar. Your description of “baroque rockstar” is perfect.

  47. A says:

    Not a fan of the shoes.. They remind me of the early 2000 style which is pretty gross and out-dated.

  48. Lucy Stanton says:

    I totally agree… look at the gems appearing on shoes from Christian Louboutin & in the past Manolo Blahnik – i love this new direction!!

  49. jessica says:

    I know it’s a late post, but really this whole ensemble looks so fresh right now
    bravo!

  50. Anaïs says:

    Magnique chaussures !!! Tu est vraiment stylé et j’adore comment t’est habiller sur la photo !!! =D
    Translation:
    Beautiful shoes! You are really stylish and I love how you get dressed on the photo! =D

  51. Guru says:

    I found a giveaway for a $200 giftcard for Rene Caovilla at http://www.shoppingandinfo.com today

  52. Guru says:

    They are doing a $200 giftcard giveaway at Shoppingandinfo.com right now

  53. A. says:

    I agree with you they are so beautiful i love them !!

  54. Lauren says:

    From a few years back, I have a pair of 4″ black satin Rene Caovilla stillettos with a silver snake detail down the front – he creates such fanciful shoes, so over the top that they can be worn with almost anything! But definitely a shift from the chunky, wedge-y, boot-y styles we’ve been seeing … like you say, keep and store these precious gems for future surges in the popularity of the style.

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  60. olga says:

    They look so cheap and looks like it was made by grandmother…. I have some really nice Caovillas, but yours are nasty. You probably got them on really big sale otherwise noone would get those in the right mind.

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