Barratts Shoes Buzz and News - October 2008

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I think the easiest way to approach it is to try to capture the times we live in - the shoes, the clothes.

The ultimate boot sale at Gwyneth's?

Gwyneth Paltrow has cleared out the wardrobe and her cast-offs are now set to be put up for sale in aid of a children's charity. According to Marie Claire, the Hollywood star will donate the proceeds of the ultimate boots sale to the London-based KIDS Company. It is believed that many of her designer pieces will be put up for sale but it remains to be seen if any of her fabulous footwear will be available to purchase. In the last year, Gwyneth has made the headlines with a selection of skyscraper heels that reignited the fashion world's love for not-so-sensible shoes. And in recent weeks, the actress was spotted stepping out in a particularly striking pair. While attending the launch party of her new TV cookery and travel show Spain ... On The Road Again, Gwyneth dressed up her simple blazer, skirt and t-shirt combo with a pair of black, bow piping slim stiletto heels which were encrusted with sparking diamonds. According to the Mirror, the shoes were worth a staggering £15,000.

Shoes give inspiration to SATC writer

The creator of Sex and the City has admitted that when it came to inspiration, she often used shoes as a muse. Candace Bushnell, who wrote the book that was later to be transformed into the hit TV show and movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker, made the comments while promoting her latest work One Fifth Avenue in New York. According to the Miami Herald, the 49-year-old was decked out in glamorous leopard-print heels after a year that has seen Sex and the City The Movie storm the box office and the take-off of Lipstick Jungle - a new show based on one of her books. When asked about her inspiration, Ms Bushnell said: "I think the easiest way to approach it is to try to capture the times we live in - the shoes, the clothes." However, she added that self-esteem was the biggest issue facing women today. "There's a lot of waxing, plucking and manicuring involved in being [female]," Ms Bushnell joked. It was recently reported that the writer is to begin work on the Carrie Diaries, a new work detailing the Sex and the City character's time at high school.

Celebs go low-key

With high-profile weddings from UK stars such as Coleen and Wayne Rooney in vogue at the moment, celebs on the other side of the pond are having decidedly more low key affairs. First up is Scarlett Johansson who, according to Glamour magazine, recently married actor Ryan Reynolds at a secret ceremony in Vancouver in front of only their family and friends. This came as something of a turnaround, as the actress was recently quoted as saying: "(There's) no big plan yet. But it's a good time and we're just ... enjoying our time to be young and engaged. I mean, I'm 23. There's no reason to rush into it. Everything feels very natural and relaxed." Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are believed to be the next starry couple to take a trip up the aisle. The pair recently enjoyed a romantic break together in Italy to attend a friend's wedding, however, the two have been secretive about their own relationship. Could another secret ceremony be on the cards?

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Barratts Shoes is a trading name of Stylo Barratt Shoes Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stylo PLC based in Apperley Bridge, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

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