It’s often said that if you want to judge someone’s style, a simple glance at their footwear is enough. In a year teeming with ‘it shoes,’ ranging from the omnipresent Adidas Sambas to the sultry strappy stilettos by Femme LA, there emerged a singular footwear choice that captured attention, sparking conversations and setting trends: the infamous Margiela Tabis. Though divisive, the Tabis dominated the fashion landscape in 2023, leaving an enduring impact on both celebrity closets and the hearts of style aficionados.
A Split-Toe Narrative
The split-toe was first presented by Martin Margiela, a Belgian designer during his first show in 1988. The split-toe silhouette was not only stylish but also encapsulated an overall perspective. The literal meaning of tabi is a foot bag and it refers to the traditional Japanese footwear. The big toe is separated from the other toes and is parted from the rest of them.
This was purposefully designed to promote balance by separating the big toe and conforming to the principles of reflexology as a means to having a clear mind. Tabi is one of the iconic styles of Margiela that is still popular today. There are different versions, such as boots, leather sandals, loafers, and Tabi ballet flats.
The Tabi Movement
This year witnessed a multitude of celebrities confidently sporting Tabis. Dua Lipa strutted through the streets of New York City in black Mary Jane Tabis paired with an oversized coat. Cardi B made a bold statement in tan boot versions, effortlessly blending the Tabi with a distressed leather jacket.
Even Pedro Pascal graced the red carpet with Tabi loafers, seamlessly incorporating them into his ensemble. The influence of Tabi went beyond the celebrity sphere, earning the coveted top spot on the Lyst Index for quarter three.
Selena Gomez recently brought some serious cheer to her fans, debuting rainbow-colored hair in a Tik Tok clip. The multi-talented singer and actress loves to experiment with her hair; from long hair to short, she has tried it all. This time, it seems like the “Who Says” singer is ready to play with colors.
Natural or Wig?
In a recent video, Selena was seen supporting multicolored hair, which fans have assumed is for her role as Mabel Mora in the mystery-comedy show Only Murders in the Building. During the eight-second clip, the pop star is seen blow-drying her hair with an automatic hand dryer. The fascinating thing is she does not move a strand of her hair to dry it properly, which might make one feel that she didn’t color her natural hair, but our guess is she did not want to go the extra mile and wear a wig. The comment section was filled with speculation on whether it was her natural hair colored or a wig, and some pointed out how her look resembled a lot of a character of Netflix’s new hit series, Wednesday, Enid Sinclair.
Gomez’s Tryst With Colors
This is not the first time the “Rare” singer has been seen in such a colorful mood. In a recent picture posted by her nail artist, one can see each nail painted in a different shade. The artist gave it a cute caption that said when Selena could not pick one color to complete her red carpet look, she went for all of them. And we have to say, her nails and the black dress looked amazing! Gomez has a lot of accolades to her name, from the Choice Television Award to the Primetime Emmy Award. She was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album in 2021. Apart from being an actress and singer, Gomez is the founder of the makeup brand Rare Beauty.