The Update: Ferragamo Varina ballerinas
Salvatore Ferragamo was relentless when it came to shoe-making innovation. His rainbow platforms for Judy Garland, the Neiman Marcus Award-winning invisible sandals, the four-inch heels that Marilyn Monroe adored, all earned him the title of ‘shoemaker to the stars.’ Credit for the most iconic piece of footwear from the Ferragamo stable though, goes to his eldest daughter, Fiamma, who created the Italian house’s bestselling shoe, the Vara, in 1978, which eventually led to the Varina flats.
The boutique needed a shoe that was casual and elegant, so Fiamma reworked a model that had been around for a few seasons – it had a low heel and rounded front. The prototype was embellished with a metallic plaque bearing the brand’s name and finished off with a grosgrain ribbon that was lying around the atelier. “It seemed like a good idea, so we gave it to the shoemaker and asked him to make the bow in the same leather as the upper. But he misunderstood and left it in grosgrain,” says Fiamma, of the shoe that has since become an intrinsic part of the Ferragamo DNA.
With more than a million pairs of Varas sold, the Florentine house decided to create a contemporary version of the ’70s best-seller, and developed the Varinas in 2007. Keeping with the soft lines of the Vara, the Varina was shaped into a ballet flat while retaining the plaque and the grosgrain ribbon. Available in a bunch of colours, the shoe is easy and chic, without compromising on comfort.
It may be a lot younger than the Vara, but it gives the 36-year-old a run for its money. Popular with celebrities like Emma Roberts, Jessica Alba and Freida Pinto, among others, the feminine flats are modern but with a certain undeniable old-timey charm. Whether in satin or patent leather, tonal or colour-blocked, the ballerinas bridge the gap between over- and underdressed. After all, for ladies on the go, the power of a work-meets-play pair of flats simply cannot be overstated.
Here’s how you can wear it to a brunch and a summer soiree.
Cotton jacket, Rs 9,600, Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta. Cotton bermudas, Rs 7,200, Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva. Leather ballerina flats, price on request, Salvatore Ferragamo. Satin scarf, Rs 7,500, Shingora. Metal and plastic sunglasses, Rs 8,900, Boss Orange. ‘Formula 1 Lady’ watch, Rs 1,19,000, TAG Heuer
Photograph: Ashish Shah; Styling Arushi Parakh; Make-Up And Hair: Sonam Kapoor; Model: Anna/Karma Models
Cat-eye sunglasses, price on request, Marni
'Cooper' watch, Rs 12,000, Michael Kors
Cotton shirt, Rs 2,990, Zara
Linen shorts, Rs 2,990, Mango
Navy blue silk scarf with logo print, Rs 18,000, Emporio Armani
Leather box clutch with jeweled clasp, Rs 1,50,000, Jimmy Choo
Let your shoes do the talking in a pale-hued, summery ensemble.
Lurex crop top, Rs 3,530, Asos.com
Gold-plated mirror earrings, Rs 7,115, Isharya
Embellished lace skirt, Rs 4,72,110, Burberry