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When Glenn Martens’s models strode out on the runway, their upper thighs encased in fluffy tan tubelets, the front row did a double take. Were those…could those be…UGGs?
Whatever your associations with the 40-year-old boot company—surfers, early-aughts Pamela Anderson, the heroines of The O.C.—its 2018 collaboration with the avant-garde Paris label Y/Project probably wasn’t one of them. It was as though the ultimate normie footwear had returned from a year abroad at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp— alma mater of Martin Margiela, Demna Gvasalia, and Martens.
“They weren’t expecting it,” says Andrea O’Donnell, president of UGG & Koolaburra by UGG of Deckers Brands, of the reaction