Sandra Bullock may play the villainous Scarlett Overkill in the new Minions movie, but the actress actually loves the little yellow critters so much that she decided to wear them on her feet at the animated film's Los Angeles premiere this past Saturday (June 27).
The 50-year-old Hollywood star had her "minion yellow" suede pumps custom made by designer Rupert Sanderson , complete with the distinctive Minion eye made of black and white patent leather on the pointed toe and heel, with a line connecting the two.
Creating shoes based on a movie character was a first for Rupert, whose celebrity clientele includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Carey Mulligan and Rachel McAdams. “It has been a scream making a one-off pair of shoes for ‘big boss’ Sandra!” he said.
The shoes weren’t the only way the Gravity star got into the spirit of the film at the premiere. Bullock’s sleeveless black dress also featured a swipe of Minion yellow across the chest.
Although the Minions may hail from an animated family film, these little yellow creatures certainly have adult appeal. The U.K. department store Selfridge’s launched a Bello Yellow collection this month, which includes a similar pair of Sanderson-designed Minion shoes made out of printed satin that retail for a whopping $824.
In tribute to the film’s London scenes, the Selfridge’s collection also includes pieces by other British designers, such as Giles Deacon, who designed a minion-eye silk dress that sells for $2,472, and an eye-print cotton jersey T-shirt that sells for $78.
Highlighting the influence that the Despicable Me and Minions films have had on pop culture, Pantone, the global colour authority, has created and named a colour after the brightly hued creatures.
“Colour is contextual and right now there is a desire for colours that are more vibrant and uplifting. This is especially the case with the yellows, so given the worldwide popularity of the Minions, it seemed only natural to name a colour after a character for the first time in our history,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone Color Institute, in a press release. “When developing the colour, we worked directly with the animation team at Illumination, and we thoughtfully considered the characters’ aura to ensure PANTONE Minion Yellow is the exact right hue.”