Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell Collection — A Footwear Tale of Comic Strip Art, Colorful Galaxies, and X-Ray Vision
If, come New York Fashion Week time, you pay enough attention to the shoes on the feet of the editors, stylists, writers, bloggers, photographers, buyers, and “It” girls attending the shows, you’ll notice a trend: Jeffrey Campbell “Lita” booties, “Tick” open toe wedge ankle booties, “Sassy” T-strap platform sandals, sky-high “El Carmen” ankle strap sandals, “Mariel” cut-out wedge slingback sandals, and “Foxy” T-strap sandals with conical heels and covered front platforms are as ubiquitous as oversize sunglasses and press passes. My own shoe collection is brimming with JC styles: the Darian in Neon Pink and Neon Orange, the Tick in Tribal, the El Carmen in the Blue Fuschia Floral print, the Mariel in Grey Floral, the Lita in Tan Black Fabric, and the Revolver boot are just a few of the styles in my closet.
Every time a new Jeffrey Campbell drop is announced, my heart smiles as if I’d been told it was raining ice cream a la Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs. My latest obsession: the brand new Black Milk and Jeffrey Campbell footwear collaboration, which incorporates five styles and incorporates three attention-grabbing prints.
Now available for pre-order at Solestruck.com, the Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell collection incorporates the Damsel , an ankle-high bootie with a covered 6 1/2″ wedge heel and 2″ platform, a lace-up construction along the front, a side zipper, and a chain accent along the heel counter. Retailing for $239,95, the Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell Damsel is available in three different prints: Rainbow Galaxy, which captures a cosmic, nebulous, starry sky in shades of rust, blackened blue, reddish brown, and cryptic cyan blue; Sick of Men, a comic strip print featuring various frames that depict a woman bemoaning the deterioration of her relationship while receiving counsel from her girlfriend; and Bone Machine, a graphic, black-and-white print that looks like a shark’s X-ray.
The Lita Fab, one of my favorite JC silhouettes to date, is offered in the Pop Art-flavored Sick of Men print (as shown first and second from top). The lace-up, ’70s-influenced, platform bootie features fabric uppers, a 5″ heel and 2″ platform, and a rounded toe. The Sick of Men print, meanwhile, features comic strip art set in a ’50s or ’60s setting, with Madge, a perfectly coiffed brunette in a belted red frock, sobbing about being heartbroken while her blond friend encourages her to scream for a much-needed release, to think positively, and to hope for future love. The Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell Lita Fab Sick of Men bootie retails for $199.95 at Solestruck.com.
Another standout is the Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell Back Off boot ($219.95 at Solestruck.com), shown third and fourth from top, which features a covered 5″ heel and 2″ platform, an 11″-tall shaft, and a leather outsole for a Moonman-esque effect.
Adventurous gals, meanwhile, will appreciate the Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell Night Lita in Rainbow Galaxy ($249.95 at Solestruck.com), which features a lobster claw-like construction, with a 2 1/4″ platform at the front of the boot and no heel along the back but, instead, a comma-like heel counter shape. Last, there’s the Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell 99 Tie shoetie ($189.95 at Solestruck.com), a more sensible, bowling shoe-esque, lace-up style with a 3 3/4″ heel and a 1″ platform, available solely in the Rainbow Galaxy print.