Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Color Of The Season: Yellow

I read that yellow is the color of the season - witness Sonia Rykiel's beautiful new ads...
Challenging as it is to wear, especially for blondes, I like my acid yellow. I confine it to shoes though: my patent leather "Apple" flats by Charles Jourdan, and my Dr Scholl slides.

At the sound of the name Dr Scholl, some shiver and think Clunky, Anything But Chic. For me though, these Dr Scholls are very special.
Back in Uruguay, inspired my her aunt Raquel, a fearless and unconventional woman who got married in church in bright red and was a Scholl devotee, my mum started wearing Dr Scholls as a young woman. I saw her with this practical footwear all my life - she 's wearing a pair on in the picture above, taken during a vacation on Cape Cod in the mid 80's... My friends' French mums wore precious shoes, fancy heels, but they never seemed to play with their kids the way my mum did, with all her heart and her extraordinary energy, and to me, Dr Scholls came to epitomize what my mum is, an independent-minded woman whose appetite for exploration, fun and knowledge is boundless.
After Raquel and my mum, Laura, I carry on the Dr Scholl tradition. Only I wear them in pop yellow rather than clinical white.

24 comments:

Imelda Matt said...

I think 'pop yellow' would be a fitting tribute to your mothers extraordinary energy and love for life. It's beautiful that shoes can provoke such stirring childhood memories!

mansuetude said...

this is a nice tribute to the honesty of being alive; love your yellow (one of my favorite words as a child) and the image at the ocean.

Esti said...

Sometimes too much marketing makes us forget the essentials. See, I can't stand yellow, even if it's the most chic thing this summer... :)

August said...

What a nice correlation between your Mom and Dr. Scholl's. I remember them quite well from childhood too. I took my stepsister's navy blue one and sent it floating down the stream and gots in lots of trouble after she told on me. They do float!

MISS GLITZY said...

Love your "Apple" flats by Jourdan and your pop yellow Scholl's slides too. And it's not clunky anymore since Diego Dolcini has designed a collection for the brand, take a look there: http://www.scholl-diegodolcini.com/inglese.html

Arlene said...

Now that is a lovely post Mother's Day tribute. But do you celebrate Mother's Day in France? Pardon my ignorance...-:)

artycho said...

I love scholls! and yellow is a bright choice too!

yasu said...

love your mothers energy and originality. what a shame not to be able to play with kids because of wearing fancy high heels.

Mom said...

Thank you

Jill said...

I love the Dr. Scholls. My mom and my aunts used to wear them all the time too! I've never owned a pair, which suprises me because I always go for comfortable shoes. Anyway, the yellow pair is great!

chloe van paris said...

http://www.beautyrealm.com/lady_lanell_slide.htm
The classic Dr. Scholl's slide has been recreated by Lady Lanell and adorned with handset clear Swarovski Crystals !
have you saw the brand today it's hype but i can't find them in France ! http://www.scholl-diegodolcini.com/inglese.html
For the yellow it's now 2 week that i say to Benoit - yellow is the color of this summer - i was waiting to write a post about it.Mother day soon soon - you wrote a lovely story about Laura/

Mrs.French said...

I have always loved the Dr. Scholl's...I love them more after this sweet story. Thank you.

ALL THE BEST said...

Great post! I LOVE the yellow Dr Scholl slides!

Nina said...

love your post. i also have cape cod memories.

marie said...

i did love your shoes :)
i would love a yellow dress i think..not too bright though!

Mary-Laure said...

MANSUETUDE - thanks for your sweet comment. It's true that YELLOW is a beautiful word, so expressive and full of cool sounds...

ETSI - aaawww, come on, give yellow a try... It's instant sunshine!

AUGUST - LOL. What a naughty girl you were! I would have strangled my sister if she had done that. Tey float indeed. Good to know.

ARLENE - actually, the French invented Mother's Day, but not in a very "nice" way: while France was occupied by the Germans during WW2, the French government sadly collaborated with the Nazis, and on their agenda was the promotion of traditional family values that involved not letting women work. So they created Mother's Day as a way to glorify the ideal of a stay-at-home mum. Which is nice in some ways, but for me, the idea that Mother's Day was created by the government that collaborated with the nazis taints it.
Mother's Day is still celebrated in France, but not at the same time as in other countries. It's end of May, I think.

MISS GLITZY and CHLOE - thanks for mentioning those Scholl collections, I'll check them out!

NINA - yeah, Cape Cod is the best!

MARIE - with your dark hair, I'm sure yellow would look lovely on you! I'll email you names of places where you can buy fabrics in Paris, if you want...

karina said...

Me encanta el amarillo desde siempre.
Jaja, me siento inútil con zapatos de taco con mis chicos,el mas chiquito tenia la costumbre de salir corriendo y escaparse, acá las mamas usan zapatos cómodos,pero todas se visten divinas y muy cancheras.
el a año pasado en París destruí mis pies porque no quería usar zapatillas para recorrer (caminaba como 11 horas cada dia)lo que perdi en bienestar lo gane en buen trato, jaja,los turistas se quejan de que los tratan mal en Paris pero a mi me trataron como una reina.

Mary-Laure said...

KARINA - me imagino los parisinos te habran tratado como una reina porque sos tan linda...
La proxima vez que venis a Paris, manda me un email antes, asi nos vemos!!!
Y la proxima vez, trae zapatos comodos (pero lindos)...

in the life said...

i love yellow!

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

I totally agree that it's typically harder for blondes to wear yellow, but I'm all for incorporating the color into aspects of my wardrobe. Btw, love your blog and if you're interested in trading links, please check out CupcakesandCashmere.com and let me know!
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Thanks!

Angie hearts said...

the apple flats are so cute!

Ash1314 said...

thanks for stopping by :)p.s. those yellow shoes are just too adorable (are those little apples?)

Mary-Laure said...

ASH1314 - are those apples? Well, that's my guess... But some friends think they're actually lemons. Who knows?...

Pamcasso said...

I have those dr scholls sandals, only in navy. They were my mom's in the seventies. What a sweet story.