After attending the New Look SS14 preview event this week, I trotted over to Dirty Martini at Hanover Square for the Rainbow Club ‘Alter Ego’ event.
For those of you that haven’t heard of Rainbow Club before, they’re a company who design, make and dye handmade satin shoes. I have to be honest and say they were a new introduction to me when I received the invite, but having looked at their website I was very impressed! They have a whole host of different styles of shoe so you can pick the one you want, tell them your colour scheme and they’ll have them produced for you – how perfect is that for a wedding?!
Not just that, they also do children’s shoes, handbags, veil’s and headdresses, so they’re a bit of a one-stop-shop when it comes to those special details of your wedding day.
As I was squeezing two events into one night, I arrived at Dirty Martini towards the end of this event and as I walked in the door was given a beautiful satin shoe to decorate and directed to a table full of dyes and accessories for adding detail. I had less than 10-minutes until the judging would commence so I frantically set about ruining a perfectly good shoe customising it.
When my time was up I had a shoe that looked like a toddler had been let loose on it and there were diamantes stuck to my hands and elbows. I was also sporting a face which said “Please don’t judge me, I only had 10-minutes!”
Needless to say, my shoe didn’t win the competition, but to be fair, I’m not surprised. It’s so horrific that I was actually pleased when they said we could take our shoes home, as I wanted to show K what a terrible job I’d done.
Before I show you said shoe, I’ll explain my thought process: I wanted to give it a pink dip-dye look to match my hair. I then wanted diamantes around the front of the sole and down the heel. If I’d had more time, I would have put diamantes around the edge of the pink too, to give it a glitzy look and to define the separate colours. However, in the rush, I was left with just 3 diamantes stuck to the front – all the ones on the heel fell off as soon as I picked the shoe up. Jimmy Choo, you may rest easy, I’m no competition for you just yet.
I know, I know, my talents know no bounds! They look partially acceptable in dull light and hopefully (if you squint really tight) you’ll be able to work out what kind of look I was going for from this picture.
Aside from my utter crime against fashion and footwear, I was really impressed by Rainbow Club. As well as the competition entries, they had examples of their shoes dotted around the venue and they’re really stunning. In fact, they’re so beautiful that they used them to decorate the Christmas tree, which looked fantastic!
As the event came to a close, we were all given a gift from under the tree. I had a peek in the box on the train journey home, but it was only when I managed to look at them in the clear light of day that I realised just how beautiful my gifted shoes are. They’re absolutely stunning and SO comfortable!
Because these shoes are blue, I couldn’t immediately think of what I would wear them with, but I was surprised how good they looked with my jeans. I thought the two different shades of blue would clash with each other, but it actually looked great!
I can’t quite put my finger on what colour blue I would call these; it’s not quite royal blue, nor is it pastel or sky blue. But it’s beautiful and I love it. I also think the lace overlay means what could be very ordinary court shoes suddenly become elegant and classy. These would be perfect to wear to a wedding! The heel height is also spot-on for me.
Overall, I’m really impressed with Rainbow Club. The shoes are great quality and because they’re satin, they have a really special feeling about them; they’re just that little bit more sumptuous. The shoe shape I’ve got are called Ella, but with over 80 different styles on their website, it’s definitely worth taking a peek, especially as you can choose a dye them from any colour in their palette!