Friday, August 28, 2009

In Good Company

A wall dedicated to 'shoe art' adds to the tone of the Presidential Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. Robert Tabor designed the shoes, which pay tribute to past first ladies and other dignitaries. The Barbara Bush shoe is a wing tip in signature blue with a red ribbon tie, topped by her famous three-strand pearls. The Jackie Kennedy shoe is a '60s-style square toe covered in a pink wool suit with a jeweled-trimmed JFK political button. The heel reflects her signature hair style and pill-box hat. Other shoes are a tribute to Hillary Clinton, Betty Ford, Eve (as in Adam and Eve), Evita PerĂ³n, Imelda Marcos, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Antoinette, Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. (courtesy of PalmBeachDailyNews)

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The shoe wall in the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach will get a new addition when the Michelle Obama shoe debuts on January 17th, the First Lady's 46th birthday. Created by Miami designer Robert Tabor, the impressive collection of women's pumps, wedges, and sandals pays tribute to past First Ladies and other worldly, historical dignitaries. The shoes are better known as “Sole Sensations’ One can see here how all of Robert’s various design experience and passion is being combined into a multi-level concept and one of a kind art piece.

The bright, high-fashion Michelle Obama shoe is a sleeveless-style silhouette of lemongrass-colored lace with a velvet and jeweled bow and Obama '08 campaign button on the toe, all inspired by Mrs. Obama's dress at the inauguration of her husband earlier this year. The shoe's heel features a White House architecture-inspired column, with a graduation cap and Princeton University and Harvard Law School logos. The columned heel also includes an Obama family portrait and the First Lady's "family first" quote, finished with a red, white, and blue ribbon and Mrs. Obama's campaign button.