It was warm and toasty inside the Fat Radish last night at the Tabitha Simmons x Toms dinner, but goose bumps came up on more than one occasion. That’s what happens when people talk about the giving trips that Toms founder Blake Mycoskie organizes to disadvantaged parts of the world. Giving needy kids new shoes—over 10 million pairs and counting in just seven years—feels so good, they say, you get goose bumps. Fresh off one such trip, to Honduras, Simmons was still feeling the afterglow. “I didn’t realize how diligent Toms is, where they measure each child’s foot and make sure that they fit, and then they go back in six months and regift them shoes, so it’s not just a dump-and-leave, which I found was really special.” A celebration of the new collaboration between Simmons and the one-for-one company, the party drew friends of the brands such as Liv Tyler and Hilary Rhoda. Mycoskie never stays anyplace long. His twenty-four hours in New York was sandwiched between a boys’ weekend at his home in Austin and a quick trip to London for another dinner for TabiToms, followed by a visit to Amsterdam, where he’ll get better acquainted with the Toms team there. “I do about three giving trips a year,” he said, “They’re a good reset.” Next up: India in April.
According to reports, Blake Lively walked away from a Christian Louboutin sample sale recently with 40 pairs in tow. She came clean at last night’s 24th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards. “Like any addict, the first step is admitting the problem,” Lively, in Prabal Gurung and black and white Louboutin booties, said. “I’ve ordered so many pairs that I should be institutionalized!” That being the case, who better to present the designer with this year’s Person of the Year award? (And why Person of the Year versus Designer of the Year, an award which went to Brian Atwood? Louboutin himself wasn’t entirely sure. “I was in the car today actually thinking about [it],” he said. “I had to think deeply, which rarely happens to me.” Person or designer, when it comes to process, Louboutin keeps it simple. “For me, it always starts with a pen and a piece of paper.” It ends, if last night was any indication, with red soles clacking everywhere.)
Among the Louboutin-clad army last night was Jessica Alba, on hand to present Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes with the Brand of the Year award. (She deemed her studded black CL pumps “hardcore.”) Her footwear fixation, she revealed, seems to run in the family. “She is obsessed with shoes,” Alba, in a natty D&G suit, said of her daughter, Honor. “It’s a little bit of a problem. She tries to wear her plastic high heels out and we’re like, ‘No.’ She can wear them in the house and that’s it.”
Honor would have been in like-minded company last night. There wasn’t a pair of kitten heels, much less flats, in the house, all of which suited Atwood just fine. “I do try and make it comfortable, but I like them high,” Atwood, who celebrated afterward with an intimate fête at Jimmy at the James Hotel, said. “Everything is lifted and it puts a little strut in your step,” he explained. Olivia Palermo, who accompanied Emerging Talent Award winner Charlotte Dellal (and was wearing her shoes), was in the same camp. “The higher the better!”