Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shoes Fit For Any (Possibly Vintage) Powder Room?

When I spotted these Emilio Pucci high-heeled sandals in my Shop It To Me sales alert, I instantly thought of Estée Lauder Blue -- a light blue-green, aka Pantone color 655. A pale turquoise shade, if you will.

It's probably not an exact match; but I instantly recalled the lore I learned years ago when I became an Estée Lauder counter girl at Marshall Field's.


Early on, in the mid-1940s, Josephine Esther Mentzer -- or Estée, as she dubbed herself -- wanted her product packaging to look beautiful on display in any powder rooms. So she carried sample jars of varying colors around in her purse, discretely setting them out in all the bathrooms she visited (be it the personal powder rooms in friends' homes, or the public ones of restaurants, etc.) to view the aesthetic appeal of each color in each setting. Eventually she settled on the specific blue-green as it best complimented the wallpapers and colors of bathrooms as well as being elegant on its own.


So now, the impression that I'm left with is that these Pucci shoes, should they actually be the correct shade, would look fabulous in any bathroom. At least those which favor the decor and colors of vintage 1940's power rooms.

Estée Lauder image credits via iOffer: Vintage Estée Lauder Compact with original box & Estée Lauder Idealist Set.

1 comment:

Petra Bellejambes said...

What a superb story, and a color that is impossible to not love too.

xxoo - Petra