Thursday, November 20, 2008

At Prada, Milano

Remember that last Prada show where the girls kept falling down?

I was wondering if anyone got the shot – the hand on the right is me catching one of the girls as she fell.

The young lady in this photo had already fallen three times before she reached me and fell again about five steps past me. I have never seen a more terrified girl on the runway – it was very difficult to watch. Finally she took the shoes off and walked in bare feet the rest of the way. A lot of people had thought that the reason the girls kept falling was because the heels were too high. Actually, it was the little cotton socks that were inside the shoes. The girls couldn’t keep their heels in the shoes correctly. If you think Lara Stone looks stern in her everyday life, she looked five times more serious trying to make it around the maze/catwalk in those shoes.

Did Miuccia ever explain her side of why the girls kept slipping? Maybe the samples were late and they were not able to check them correctly?


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  1. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    November 20, 2008 at 9:43 am

    fashion can be painful….

  2. HarvardDental

    November 20, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I read an article about this… it was the socks that caused the girls to slip. For production, Miuccia said that she would have the socks sewn into the shoes.

  3. Estelle

    November 20, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Whe I saw the video, I was totally scared. Poor girls ! How could they possibly walk with those shoes… I didn’t notice there were socks inside, but it can be one of the reason. The floor seemed also very slippery !

  4. a gal

    November 20, 2008 at 9:50 am

    reminds me of a medieval court where “lower” lives are used as freak attractions for the amusement of royalty. those heels are way too high (despite the presumption that the socks are causing the slippages)… i find it hard to see the distinction between chinese foot binding and practices such as stilettos. sorry sart, the photo is a bit poignant and caused a visceral reaction in me.

  5. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Painful! Looks just like the moment when Barbaro’s ankle snapped.

  6. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 10:09 am

    God bless you, Scott. You are a real and intelligent human being.

  7. designgod

    November 20, 2008 at 10:13 am

    What a shame! I know Miuccia and she is a stickler for details. This had to be so embarassing for her!

  8. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 10:14 am

    the picture is amazing. Her arms are so tiny….

  9. moi

    November 20, 2008 at 10:18 am

    i think she wanted them to fall down. considering the costs of a fashion show, i don’t think it’s just hazard.

  10. moi

    November 20, 2008 at 10:34 am

    harvardDental, you seriuosly saw that miuccia said that??? It can be so funny when the little sock starts stinking and being grey… hahaha

  11. Iheartfashion

    November 20, 2008 at 10:52 am

    This was a horrifying show to watch. Poor things!

  12. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    November 20, 2008 at 10:55 am

    I also saw an article where someone from Prada gave an explanation, yes there was something about sewing the socks to the shoes. It is true they might stink but then again these shoes you would only wear for a few hours at a time, I hope. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  13. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 10:58 am

    ridiculous…the height of the heels and the fact that they were forced to wear them.

    strikes me as a nice commentary on the excesses of fashion in recent years…and how they seem asinine in the face of a now faltering world economy.

  14. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 11:24 am

    the model in the picture looks like a fragile little bird

  15. Sam

    November 20, 2008 at 11:34 am

    poor girl.

  16. Pseudoangela

    November 20, 2008 at 11:58 am

    There is no way that I can be convinced that the size of those heels had nothing to do with it. I don’t want to go into a rant about corsets/foot bondage/high heels being a form of oppression for women because I think they can be a form of power and liberation at the same time.

    But I think anyone who chooses to wear these shoes should reflect quite seriously about the implications beyond fashion and beauty. Not just practicality (broken ankles), but perhaps WHY they believe high heels are beautiful and how their tastes are shaped.

    That said, today I am wearing high heels for the first time in about 4 years.

  17. life . style . dissected

    November 20, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    while i always applaud designers taking risks, situations like this only detract from what should be the focus – amazing clothes! everyone just sits there cringing….

  18. Carla

    November 20, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Poor thing, I was afraid she twisted (or worse) her ankle. That’s looks very painful.

  19. cassaundra

    November 20, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    oooo! ouch!

  20. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 12:44 pm


  21. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Yikes. I am cringing just reading how many times she fell. Poor girl. Glad no one got seriously hurt!

  22. Austin.Garnett

    November 20, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Of course, you’re wearing a great shirt and jacket. Very chivalrous of you to watch to catch these girls.. although I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t be scared for them.

  23. skinnyGLASSESgirl

    November 20, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    here you are on youtube then also ;o) nice catch

  24. lisa

    November 20, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Aiya, I feel sorry for her.

    It’s an interesting reason for why the models kept falling and certainly true in my experience. Unless the shoes have ankle straps, they just don’t stay on properly when you wear thin little socks with them.

  25. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    It’s nice to see/hear this story told by someone with a brain, heart and love of fashion. Seems that most of the reports of it relied exclusivly on one of these. This all said, she looks like a tiny, wounded animal…and I do find the image of two strong male hands having to help her up (apparently for the third time) a little disturbing. Contrast this with the vibrant-looking Italian student below… Stephanie

  26. CamoGirl

    November 20, 2008 at 1:46 pm

  27. Jack Daniel

    November 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you for helping out my fellow COUNTRY girl.
    She’s beautiful!

    Although not very appropriate to say but: Great shot. Who was the photographer?

  28. Lalaland

    November 20, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    It’s Katie! Katie Fogarty!

  29. TiKeDi

    November 20, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    thats crazy..their poor little fragile ankles

  30. Brigadeiro

    November 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    The poor model, sometimes it’s amazing what they have to walk in, in some of these catwalk shows…

  31. dlittlegarden

    November 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Oh, that was so awful! I can’t imagine being there. My heart would have been in my throat. What a cruel shame. I certainly hope it wasn’t purposeful, as I’ve heard some suggest. I wouldn’t have ever thought a modern, intelligent woman such as Miuccia would put other women in such a precarious position.

  32. chris

    November 20, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    sorry, but this is the part i hate about femininity the most: high heels. as if it were not bad enough to be expected to wear heels to conform to what most believe is “womanly”, we are expected to risk life and limbs in 5 and 6 inch heels? this is just painful and stupid.

  33. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Why am I not surprised that it’s you, Mr. Schulman, that’s lending the helping hand? ;-) Always the gracious and generous gentleman…

    Would love to see more candid shots of your exploits behind the slick veneers of the fashion shows. The Gap one was very nice.


  34. isabelle

    November 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    pauvre katie! c’Ă©tait la faute de miuccia . . . les chaussures Ă©taient trop ridicule

  35. NATS

    November 20, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    that is sad, i feel so bad for them… i know i wouldn’t even stand in front of that many people…

  36. T38

    November 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    The most iconic fashion fall was in 1993: Naomi Campbell in her Vivienne Westwood´s blue mock croc 10¨ platforms.
    Look at:

    Kisses from Spain

  37. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    This made me lose a lot of respect for Miuccia – as both a designer and fellow woman.

    Watching the video of the fall was awful.I usually love all aspects of fashion!!

  38. Samantha

    November 20, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    It seems ridiculous that they didn’t figure out that this would happen when they did the run-through!

  39. Shen-Shen

    November 20, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    This makes me feel a little sad, for some reason.

  40. A Weekend in The City

    November 20, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I believe Hilary Alexander (London Daily) reported the same thing you mentioned, Sart, that the socks were the main reason for the falling. However she did report also that Miuccia said the shoes were too high and they would be lowered for production.

    A great show nonetheless. No one is yet to beat Naomi’s Vivienne fall though…

  41. Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Aren’t her arms scary thin? I worry about these models still; the photo seems a commentary on that, as much as the little spoiler socks.

  42. Shaina

    November 20, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Oh maaaan, that’s so embarrassing. her ankle looks like it may have gotten twisted. OUCH! Those heels should have been better executed.

  43. ginasaharudin

    November 21, 2008 at 1:17 am

    i found the video of her falling.

    fashion hurts sometimes

  44. Diana

    November 21, 2008 at 3:07 am

    I love the majesctic dignity with which Katie walks after she took off the shoes.

    Ah and does anyone remember Naomi Campbell falling down with those incredible Vivienne Westwood heels in 1993?

  45. elaine

    November 21, 2008 at 3:25 am

    This ugly foot ware concept is injury enough in itself. I too would go bare foot.

  46. V

    November 21, 2008 at 4:05 am

    Was at the Prada store last week where I was shown their catalogue for SS’09 and noticed that the socks were listed as a separate item from the shoes. Not sure if its such a good idea to sew them on the strappies, as they need more toe grip than pumps if they are anything more than 5 inches. The store told me that actual production might feature lower heels, but that’s unconfirmed. I was just thinking that socks would be a good idea for pumps which are cut too high around the metatarsals…but anyways. Love the crinkled skirts.

  47. Nili

    November 21, 2008 at 4:05 am

    what strikes me most, and i think people in fashion are already immune to this (and it’s too bad) – is how thin her arms are.
    they are mere bones and skin, nothing else. it’s frightening.
    she looks life a famine survivor.

    and what you’re worried about is that she fell because of the shoes??

    i love fashion, but i just can’t grasp this way of thinking.

  48. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 4:52 am

    This picture really bothers me–it reminds me of what models have to go through to achieve the desired look of the designers and the fashion industries. Using a live human as a coat hanger or display can have some twisted outcomes.

    I have a good friend who was chewed up and spit out by the modeling industry. I’m so glad she’s done with it–her many years in the thick of it were quite physically and mentally damaging.

    Runway shows can be hard to watch, even when the models aren’t in heels like this–their legs are so skinny and they hit the catwalk with such force, it sometimes looks like they’re going to snap off…

  49. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 4:55 am

    That’s what I was thinking…why didn’t they work this out at the rehearsal?

  50. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Just try doing anything in your everyday life wearing 4 inches heels.

    I consider the current trend of very high heels just a way of keeping women in a precarious and feeble position.

  51. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 5:45 am

    here is a link of the entire scene, Sart.

  52. Dexter

    November 21, 2008 at 6:27 am

    What a picture! Thanks for the short story!

  53. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Socks sewed into shoes? And how can we wash them?

    I couldn’t watch the whole video of this accident. It’s too horrible. I don’t like Prada anyway.

  54. eachkey

    November 21, 2008 at 8:37 am

    But some girl takes off her shoes.
    That was most dramatic moment in this PRADA show.
    As a PR, Very urban resortic.

  55. filoderba

    November 21, 2008 at 9:05 am

    oh sart, the point here, is not lara stone, or miuccia being superficial, is you: you are our hero!!!!

  56. mej

    November 21, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Yes, it was the socks. Notice how she took them off as well, after taking off the shoes… They look like satin silk, very slippery. However, it’s impossible to walk naturally in such heels.
    Carine said “Miuccia said she can walk in them, so I guess we will try and make it as well”.
    It was a gorgeous collection, however.

  57. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 10:56 am

    that man on the left can close his fingers all around her upper arm :S

  58. Jack Daniel

    November 21, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I’ve seen the clip on youtube (thanks, anonymous 5:45am) and it was you, Scott, who prevented the girl from falling on the floor, not the other man in the picture. It’s because she fell to your side when she got help from that other man. And then you gave her your hand…

    Poor thing. She really looked terrified!

  59. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Fashion should be about good things that elevate our spirits–beauty, self-expression, elegance, joy of life, and creativity. But this incident gives us a peek at an ugly side to fashion. Why wasn’t the show stopped the moment it became clear that it was not safe for the models? If a model falls, shouldn’t there at least be a pause to do a safety check?

  60. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    This picture is worth a thousand words, none of which would be approved as comment by you, I am sure.

    (And that you chose not to post the above comment says a lot as well.)

  61. Tim

    November 21, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    How skinny models are really doesn’t concern me (call me a monster if you must).

    I still found it quite fascinating how EASY it was, for two men grabbing at a falling model, to support her entire weight and get her up.

  62. Rollergirl

    November 21, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Oh, SNAP! (no pun intended…)I just posted about this as well. I actually can’t stand those 6/7 inch heels from an aesthetic point of view but from a practical point of view they are truly ridiculous. What was Miuccia thinking!

  63. The Fashion Fiend

    November 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    This picture is embedded in my mind, I remember seeing it in the latest issue of WWD Collections.

  64. loli

    November 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    watch the sart lend a helping hand to Katie Fogarty:

  65. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    My feet slip around in even 3″ heeled sandals when I’m wearing stockings, so in this case, it must have definitely been the combination of the socks and all that extra height.
    The socks might just need some rubber pads on the bottom, to give some grip –as is often the case with childrens’ socks! I also find those rubbery jel comfort pads have the added benefit of providing grip.

  66. Haesoo

    November 22, 2008 at 1:46 am

    So poor gril…

  67. You’re right…

    and that socks are ridiculous and so ugly!

  68. a*

    November 22, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I’m surprised it took her so long to take the shoes off. If I were her (which obviously, I’m not) I would’ve ripped those shoes off at the first sign of slippage. It had to be clear from the first step she took that there was no way she was going to make it down the entire runway. I understand all of the implications with doing that, but given the outcome I think it would’ve been better.

  69. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Watching the video made me yell out loud – it looks so painful! Poor thing.

  70. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Oh Sart!
    You are a sweetheart, Thank gad you were there to catch her!
    If only we all had a strapping gentleman on hand to help us up when we fell…

  71. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah I think this is the perfect example of when fashion goes just a little bit too far

  72. smilla

    November 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    It’s not so much the shoes that are a worry here, although how anyone could think the models could walk in them with cotton socks on beggars belief.

    I know there has been quite a fuss about what I am about to refer to but seriously, she is way too thin. Her arms look like a sickly child’s.

  73. Mary Sue

    November 23, 2008 at 1:28 am

    People keep commenting on the size of the heel, and wondering at it. I think it became popular because models have to be so tall, they must have huge feet! Obviously you can loose as much weight as you want but your feet don’t really shrink lengthwise. The high heels only work on people with big feet. 4 inches is plenty high for someone with my size feet. Also, I think some women must find it empowering to be taller than males. I think it looks stupid and it puts me in mind of the time in fashion history when it was stylish to wear 24 inch heels that were impossible to walk in on the cobblestone streets that were the only kind back them. Women were forced to lean on their husbands/servants or stay home.

  74. Donno

    November 23, 2008 at 6:08 am

    perfect cuff length showing. sart is on the ball for the defining moments.

  75. Ann (MobayDP)

    November 23, 2008 at 8:18 am

    thankfully nobody broke or twisted an ankle!

    Socks in frightfully high heels. Fashion can be so ridiculous sometimes.

  76. The Dark Bohemian

    November 23, 2008 at 10:05 am

    oh !!
    la pauvre chérie

  77. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Is everyone forgetting this is their profession? They chose to wear the heels and were probably quite happy (at the start) to do so!

  78. wolf

    November 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    ah, you seem like such a beautiful-hearted person, it’s refreshing to see

  79. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    The other person who help her is THE bigesst men in fashion in Russian, Leonid owner of the bigest imperia in Russia, called Merccury, with all those amazing shops, and here he is doing a good job!
    poor girl…

  80. downunderboy

    November 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    OK – I am so glad that you bought this up.
    When this show was being run, I was in Tokyo and read Suzie Menkes review in the HWT. She basically poo-poo’d it, but not having seen the show I tried to keep an open mind. I raced to my computer to get the pix.
    The shoe accidents aside, the collection is gorgeous! I thought it was fresh and included some great new updates on Prada’s classic looks. It’s wearable, and feminine and terribly modern. I loved it.
    If we think back to classic shoe accidents, this is no more shocking than the Vivienne Westwood uber-platforms of the late eighties, early nineties. There were twisted ankles all over the shop!! It’s fashion, not lawn bowls!!! If anything, this will just secure the shoes status as a cult classic – I hope they sell truck loads! Viva Muccia!

  81. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    sorry anonymous 6:28, but that goodness Upton Sinclair didn’t have those sentiments. no matter how much these women are being paid, i don’t believe they are “happy to wear items that put their limbs at risk nor do i believe that the designers should make the girls wear things that put their safety in danger.

  82. karmapolice

    November 24, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    what a distressing moment, but what a beautifully poignant photo.
    i think an anonymous poster mentioned this already, but she really is reminiscent of a baby bird being helped up into flight.

    ps. i think you’re right about it being the socks.

  83. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Possibly when designing a greater aspect of whether it works is to test it. Thank goodness common sense prevailed and she removed them before more permanent damage might have been made…forget worrying about any embarassment!!

  84. ML

    November 24, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    These super high heels are ridiculous. They look sexy in still photos, but when I see the girls and women walking down the sidewalk on a busy weekday they look incredibly awkward, silly and unattractive. Save them for a party at night where you can lounge, sit, pose, but don’t have to walk too much – and always take a cab! Do not walk in these shoes, not only are they dangerous – you look stupid!


  85. Mohani

    November 25, 2008 at 5:52 am

    “She was a paid member of the Communist party and a women’s right champion during the seventies in Milan.” (

    Ha! Whatever happened to those ideals, Miuccia?

  86. jessicadrhp

    November 25, 2008 at 8:53 am

    the first thing i was thinking after reading the post was: Mr Schuman, you’re such a lovely person.
    I like it when you post captions to go with your photos, not only does it give the image a sort of depth, it’s also amazing to read the thoughts of a professional.
    Thank you very much, keep up the great work

  87. TheShoeGirl

    November 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm


    These heels don’t look out of the ordinary high- come on, we’ve seen much higher. Socks on an open back leather insole are not a good mix… and that should have been obvious.

    tisk tisk.

  88. syrhiz

    November 26, 2008 at 2:31 am

    reat great blog that captures just what people ‘do’ with fashion.. thumb up!!

  89. .alexandre

    November 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    what a shame!
    i think those heels are not that high, there has been higher ones and models can handle that situation. too bad for the show and so kind from you to help out the girls a bit haha

  90. Anonymous

    November 27, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Sorry, but if my socks are sewn into my shoes, how am i ever going to wash them?

  91. Anonymous

    November 27, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    front row at Prada.. lucky!!

  92. Sarah H

    November 30, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Man I feel sorry for those girls. Is it harder for them to get work after that? And what an embarassment for the designer. Obviously no one in their right mind would buy those shoes now.

  93. heatherj

    December 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Here it is on You tube. So Sad… Good thing your caught her.

  94. Anonymous

    December 8, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    8 inch heels, what else do you expect to happen, unless the girls weren’t acrobats

  95. Jennifer Rados

    December 9, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Even if it were the “socks fault”, then the height of the heel could be to blame somehow. Don’t they test these things out before hitting the catwalk? I, for one, wear heels, although not that high. It’s hurts me to see a model in such agony just trying to do her job, and like another poster noted, taking away from the beautiful clothes. The endless debate of form vs. function…

  96. Anonymous

    December 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I think this shows the same girl, and you catching her.

  97. missyb

    December 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Aw poor girls. Being a model IS hard.

  98. Patricia Gray

    December 11, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Too bad for those poor women. Doesn’t make me want to buy Prada!

  99. Anonymous

    March 4, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Patricia Gray I second that.

  100. Dax

    May 8, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Who was responsible for this echec?

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