Flat shoes are so trendy even Irish style queen Celia Holman Lee has hung up her heels
Published 18/05/2016 | 16:01
Irish style icon Celia Holman Lee has pulled a Victoria Beckham and fallen for flats.
The model boss has taken a step down from her Louboutins, and discovered that ditching heels doesn’t require sacrificing style.
While the 65-year-old may have realised the comfort and style that flat shoes have to offer, she said that she would always “respect the occasion” when dressing for an event and would wear heels if the event required.
As actresses go barefoot on the Cannes red carpet in protest of the film festival's archaic requirements of female footwear, Celia said she doesn't believe in dress codes.
“If someone told me what to do, I’d do the opposite,” she laughed. “No woman should be told what to wear or what to do.”
The pressure to wear heels goes beyond the red carpet, with a viral photo showing a woman’s bloody feet after being required to wear heels for a shift waitressing, as well as claims from a woman in England that she was sent home from work for not wearing heels.
In response to whether she would ever wear flats to an event, Celia said: “If you asked me that six months ago, no way. "But now, with luxe trainers by brands such as Dior and Michael Kors available, she wouldn’t cross it off the list."
“The fashion scene has opened in that way,” she said.
Celia set up The Holman Lee Agency when she was just 22 and is now Ireland’s longest running modelling agency.
Despite her newfound love affair with flat shoes, much like Victoria Beckham who famously said she "beyond hates" ballerina flats before embracing life without heels, the tv personality said she doesn't force her models to wear heels to go-sees.
“They can go however they please, once they look fresh," She said.
The fashion mogul won Most Stylish on the Night at this year’s Peter Mark VIP Style Awards, wearing a floor-length black gown designed by Marian Murphy.
The mum-of-two revealed that the sapphire blue shoes she wore on the night actually had a short cuban heel, which was hidden by the length of the gown.
“That was a first for me,” she said. “They were one of the smallest heels I’ve ever worn!”
Celia’s devotion to heels may even channel that of Carrie Bradshaw: “I love my heels. I have always loved them.”
“My heels are usually sky-high. I like my heels to look like heels,” she added.
However, wearing a smaller heel for the awards was one of the best decisions the model boss could have made: “I was delighted that I wore them when I won and had a glass of wine, because I didn’t have to worry about falling over!”
Celia recently announced that she plans to step down from running The Holman Lee Agency, 30 years after its founding.