Repetto gives models chance to ditch killer heels for the gentler comfort of cool ballet flats

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am

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It's not every day that you see runway models wearing comfortable flats, and the Repetto fashion presentation was one of those rare exceptions.

The 60-year-old French ballet shoe retailer recently opened its first store in Hong Kong in Central's IFC Mall. The brand celebrated the launch on Wednesday with a VIP cocktail party and fashion show in the mall's atrium.

The venue was transformed into a stage resembling a ballet studio, with models and ballerinas showcasing Repetto's signature ballerina flats in a rainbow of colours and prints.

Repetto chief executive Jean-Marc Gaucher, who flew in from Paris for the event, said the ballet shoes were styled to bring out the dancer in every women.

Celebrity fans include singer-actress Gigi Leung Wing-kei, model-turned-patisserie owner Amanda Strang and model Mandy Lieu.

Lieu, who is also a professional ballet instructor, closed the fashion show with a dance that earned her warm applause.

Leung, who made her entrance onto the stage accompanied by four child ballerinas, said she had been a fan of the elite dance form for years.

'I love how they stretch for a pose so elegantly on stage and I'm obsessed with their beauty,' she said.

Leung was given a pair of limited-edition ballerina flats as a thank you token.

She later said on her Weibo microblog that it had been the first time she had ever been to an event without wearing killer heels.

'And [my feet] certainly felt comfortable,' she added.