So, Diablo Cody decided not to wear the $1 million dollar shoes Stuart Weitzman custom-made for her to wear to the Oscars this year. This is something that Weitzman does every year, but Cody apparently didn’t realise the cost of the shoes and was, and we quote, pretty "pissed" when she found out.
"They’re using me to publicize their stupid shoes and NOBODY ASKED ME," said Diablo. "I would never consent to a lame publicity stunt at a time when I already want to hide. I’m sorry if I sound like a party-pooper, but Jeebus."
Stuart Wieitzman, however, tells a slightly different story:
"I have been making a special pair of shoes to be worn at the Academy Awards for a number of years," says the designer. "This year – more so than in any previous year – the lady who was given the opportunity to wear it was quite involved in the design process. Diablo Cody sent me examples of the type of shoes she liked and actually did the final selection herself, choosing a three-inch retro style T-strap as well as a changeover pair of ballerinas."
Weitzman continues: "She chose to adorn the shoes with medium-sized diamond roses from three different sizes offered to her. Why she seems to be so surprised as to the attention being paid to her and these shoes, I cannot answer. It should certainly come as no surprise that a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes would generate excitement at the Academy Awards."
Despite all of this, Diablo is still claiming to have had no idea what was going on:
"NEWS TO ME, kids. I must have somehow missed the part where my shoes cost a MILLION FUCKING DOLLARS and my “choice” of footwear would be publicized nationwide. I honestly thought they were just sparkly shoes. Mr. Weitzman did mention that the diamonds were real when I tried them on, but I’m not Nancy Rockman, Expert Gemologist. I didn’t, you know, bust out my miniature spyglass and assess the potential worth of my kicks."
So, what’s the true story? Can it be possible that an intelligent woman like Diablo Cody really had no clue that designers lend Oscar nominees clothes and shoes because they want them to photographed in them, or that real diamonds tend to be expensive? And, having been closely involved in the design of these shoes, was her very public trashing ofthe designer who made them justified when the light finally dawned?
Weitzman gets the last word:
"Regardless, what should matter is the fact that this talented woman won an Oscar this weekend. I offered her the opportunity initially because I so enjoyed her film, and I’m very happy for her success. I wish her all the best."
We have no idea whether Diablo really was as clued up about these shoes as Weitzman’s response seems to suggest. But we do think she could learn a thing or two from him about class.
What do you think?