Paris, late sixties: a rebellious spirit is around, women burn their bras, Gainsbourg causes a scandal with “Je t’aime moi non plus”; it’s also the time of the legendary show “Salut les copains” and of the crazy nights at Regine, wearing – of course – Carel shoes. Kubrick has just released his futuristic masterpiece 2001, A Space Odyssey, Romy Schneider steals the show in Deray’s movie La Piscine (The Swimming Pool). While Twiggy in London puts on her square toe boots and asserts her androgynous style, in Paris Birkin chooses babies to pair with her famous wicker basket.
Iconoclast French artists make their mark. Martial Raysse saturates colours in a pop-art way, Villeglé overruns the streets and already creates street-art with his torn posters, Raynaud builds his famous ceramic white tile house. Today, they are more contemporary than ever, and Carel will pay tribute to them in its SS17 shop windows.
Like the remix of a sixties hit song, this season’s collection metallizes the soft colours of the famous three-strap Carel Mary Jane; it reinvents the square toe boots with new materials like stretch. It modernises pale pink and baby blue, it covers the iconic straight toe-end flats with a pop-coloured patent. And for a bit of fresh air, a few beiges, camels and kakis on wooden wedges will take you to Woodstock, away from Parisian streets.