(Bauer Griffin/Ugg Australia)
Like cat-print clothing and clogs before them, Uggs have transcended their somewhat tarnished reputation to be welcomed back into Vogue'
s embrace. And this is after
noted Ugg enthusiast Andre Leon Talley
at plans to leave his plum Contributing Editor gig for a shot at his own talk show. So, consider this love letter to shearling boots — a Vogue
blog post titled "The Secret's Out: Confessions of Vogue's Ugg Addicts"
— Talley's swan song.
Let's look at a few choice quotes. (PacificCoastNews.com) Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley:
"Once you put an Ugg on, it’s hard to go back to bespoke shoes...I have them in ebony, which I call my black tie, and bark brown, and they were specially monogrammed for me in Russian red. I of course got carried away and ordered them in triplicates. They’re lined up in my hallway by color, and I rotate them on a daily basis." Creative Director Grace Coddington:
“I wish all the It girls hadn’t discovered them years ago...Once, I was in the country, and I went over to see Helmut Lang. I said, ‘I am sorry to be wearing these boots in your chic house.’ And he responded, ‘Don’t worry, I have them in every shape and size.’ I thought, I’m in good company!”Market Editor Jessica Sailer:
“They began as my footwear of choice for driving to and from the Hamptons. But after I had my daughter, they got a lot more play. Now I practically have to force myself to wear other shoes.”Accessories Editor Selby Drummond:
“I opted for the tall Adirondack ‘otter’ style. I love them because they are full-on, weather performance utility boots...To make them work, I paired them with a silver lace Dolce & Gabbana dress — sometimes one must elevate.”
So, tell us. Do Uggs still make you think of Paris Hilton
, circa 2001, absentmindedly stroking her hair extensions as she poses in fuzzy footwear and a studded denim mini? Or, like Vogue'
s staffers, do you think Uggs can be fashionable?