2012 marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn’s Monroe death, and her iconic status continues to titillate, resonate and inspire. It’s hard not to ponder what she would think of her impact on the world and the use of her name: would she be pleased? Macy’s—who now ships to Canada—recently launched the Marilyn Monroe™ Collection, featuring retro halter dresses cinched at the waist, t-shirts bearing her face, cherry-prints and a healthy dose of pink and red. Now Marilyn’s retail allure has inspired a new product line. Authentic Brands Group, who owns the licensing to the Marilyn Monroe estate, has announced the launch of a footwear line.
“Marilyn is fun and flirty, but she’s also glamorous and sophisticated. It’s a little bit of both and it will touch on everything,” Nick Woodhouse, CEO of Authentic Brands Group, told WWD about the new collection. Set to launch in September, the shoes will retail for $39 to $79 and include flats, pumps, boots and booties.
Woodhouse’s description contrasts with what the world now knows about Marilyn’s private life and internal struggles. Today marks the release of Love, Marilyn, a documentary directed by two-time Oscar nominee Liz Garbus which premiered at TIFF in September. The films includes A-list actors such as Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Paul Giamatti and even Lindsay Lohan reading Monroe’s poems, journals and letters. It’s a revealing look at a once private star.