Dear Shaded Viewers,
I’m here in Berlin for a few days visiting my nutty “cousins” Vaginal Davis and my friend Isabel, and trying to catch up on all my coverage from MQ Vienna Fashion Week which wrapped up this past Sunday.
One of the surprises of the week was a runway show by Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, for his Ciccone Footwear collection. I really liked the men’s shoes and would wear them, especially the metallic silver, black, red, and blue styles. I thought some of the women’s rain boots were really cute. I was a bit skeptical when I heard he was doing a footwear collection, but I think he did a really nice job.
Ciccone was inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe and Italian and Hollywood movie stars. When he was approached by the Czecho-Slovakian-based shoe company Novesta, he went through his closet and analyzed his personal shoe collection, dreaming up ways to improve the styles he liked by combining traditional looks with modern materials. The reindeer antler logo represents “the cycle of life, fresh and new, recreating itself and symbolic of reformation.”
In case you don’t know, Christopher wrote a pretty tacky memoir about his sister that came out in 2008, during a period when they were estranged (which I read by the pool at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood–really the only place you can read this sort of book). The reasons for their estrangement are documented at length in the book. But then I heard that because of his new footwear collection, she’s talking to him again.
On his website, Ciccone certainly doesn’t hold back about his asscociation with his mega-star sister. His About page starts out thusly:
“Christopher Ciccone is best known for his award winning Interior Design, Art and his vision and collaborations with his sister, Madonna. Ciccone, the Creative Director on numerous music tours –including the landmark and often imitated, ‘Blond Ambition’ and ‘The Girlie Show’ as well as directing many award winning music videos, he is constantly sought after for creative input in the entertainment industry.
Ciccone has made a name for himself as a painter, photographer, art director, interior and furniture designer. As an author and biographer, Ciccone wrote ‘Life With My Sister Madonna,’ which remained on top of the New York Times Bestseller list for months. But with the announcement of his forthcoming brand, THE CICCONE COLLECTION, he has added yet another title: Footwear designer – to his already impressive repertoire.”
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more MQ Vienna Fashion Week coverage.