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