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Sophie Théallet Brings A Bit Of Paris To NYC

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The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund-winning designer Sophie Théallet is a Parisienne in New York, so when she set out to collaborate with Nine West on a new collection of shoes, bags, and jewelry, she was thinking of bringing a little of that City of Light spirit to NYC. She was thinking of the chic marinière-style stripes that vacationing Frenchwomen love—”very Riviera,” she told me last night at a preview—and, unsatisfied with the striped textiles she could find ready-made, set about to design her own. Those stripes will come on three shoe styles: a ballet flat, a platform heel, and an espadrille, as well as the lining to two satchel-style bags, all of which will be available at select Nine West stores in May. My favorite was the espadrille (above left)—Sophie’s, too, it turns out. She imagined a cute young girl wearing it in Paris casually, with jeans, she said. At only $109 (the highest-priced item in the ultra-affordable collection), what’s not to love?

Photo: Courtesy of Sophie Theallet

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