Thursday, June 5, 2014
Twenty-five years ago this month, I went to Paris for the first time. It was chilly and breezy during my stay. Here I am huddled in my denim jacket, wearing the leggings I wore all over Europe that summer.
You can see the front view of the outfit here.
I also went to London, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands during that month-long, post-college trip. It was hot in Spain, so I was able to take a break from the leggings. In this photo, I’m wearing a black mini with a little top I bought in Paris.
I wore those rubber-soled shoes throughout the trip. They might have been the only pair I brought along. I believe they were by Kenneth Cole. That bag looks like a LeSportsac. I thought I had quit those after high school, but I might have gotten it especially for traveling because the nylon is lightweight and durable. I have a big, gold LeSportsac carry-on now.
While I was trying to confirm my memories of the shoes, I was searching for 1980s Kenneth Cole and found these on eBay.
OMG! If those had been my size I would have gotten them. I’ve always loved laced-up, boxing-shoe looks. In fact, a few hours before I dug up the Europe photos, I’d been peering at Madonna’s flat-soled, flexible shoes in her 1983 “Lucky Star” video, wondering if they were this type of thing or maybe a black version of the strappy, flat shoes she wore in “Borderline.”
I bet chic Erika Belle — Madonna’s friend and backup dancer in this and other early videos — would remember!