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April 19 2014

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Loree Rodkin Designs For The Cause, Vacations With Cher

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Loree Rodkin’s client base includes names big and bigger, but for her latest piece, the jewelry designer committed herself to giving back. She flew into London last night for the launch of “Rocks, Stones, and Metals” at Joseph, where she—along with Stephen Webster, Delfina Delettrez, Katie Hillier, and Hannah Martin—collaborated with the retailer on a curated collection sold to benefit UNICEF.

She joined a crowd that included Daphne Guinness, Alexandra Shulman, Ozwald Boateng, and Charlotte Dellal, whose mom, Andrea, was on hosting duties with Michael Roberts. The guest list might’ve wowed a lesser designer, but Rodkin is used to keeping famous company—she counts Elton John, Courtney Love, and Cher among her friends and clients. (Here in the U.S., she’s best known for designing Michelle Obama’s inauguration gems, but her first client was no slouch, either: Elizabeth Taylor.)

At the cocktail party, Rodkin (left, with Andrea Dellal) revealed that she’s been experimenting with restaurant design (with Luau in Beverly Hills), eyeglasses (“Elton’s got hundreds!”), perfumes, and candles. While in London, she tells Style.com, she’ll be “shopping at Browns, Feathers, and of course Joseph, trying to manage a facial at Harrods, and finally trying to get some rest. Last, I’m meeting my friend Cher for her London premiere of Burlesque on Monday. Then we are going on to Hawaii to switch off from all our respective traveling!” Travels with a diva? We can only imagine what bedazzled inspiration will come out of that one.

Photo: Courtesy of Joseph

Charlotte Dellal Would Rather Be Backstage

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To anyone familiar with Charlotte Dellal’s body of work, it should come as no surprise that the Brit-girl shoe designer didn’t pack a single pair of flats for her two-day trip to New York this week. “These are my traveling shoes,” said Dellal with a mischievous smile, showing off a pair of her own steeply inclined black patent Charlotte Olympia platform wedges.

Dellal was in town to accept the Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent honor at the Footwear News Achievement Awards on Tuesday night, which she attended with friend Olivia Palermo, as well as celeb stylists J. Logan Horne and Tracy Cox. At breakfast the next morning, she proclaimed herself a bit out of sorts. Still, she looked typically polished in black leather shorts, a Dolce & Gabbana/Naomi Campbell Fashion for Relief T-shirt signed by the supe herself, and, of course, her signature retro-glam coif and matte red lips.

Though Dellal is a girl who considers 125 mm a mid-heel, she explained, her best seller for Spring 2011 was in fact a flat—a knotted leopard style. “Nearly every stockist bought that as their flat shoe and then chose different heels,” she said. That list of stockists newly includes Harrods and Selfridges as well as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. She also opened her own store in July in London’s Mayfair, which has served as an excellent crash course in merchandising. “I’m learning the art of buying stock at the moment,” she said. “I would have never thought we’d need so many small sizes, but we have a ton of Chinese clients who have tiny feet. My manager just e-mailed me saying, ‘We need more 35s and 36s!’ “

Dellal returns to New York in February to see Peter Som’s show, for which she’s designed the shoes for the past two seasons. But don’t expect to see her in much more than Som’s front row. “I don’t necessarily fly to New York to go to shows,” she said. “I only go to shows I’ve worked on, and Giambattista Valli who’s a friend and Valentino because I love him. I like being involved. In fact, I’d prefer to be backstage.”

Photo: A. Scott/BFAnyc.com

Shoe In

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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!”

Photo: A. Scott/BFAnyc.com

Talk Supe At Hakaan’s After-Party

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When Naomi Campbell swept into Le Montana last night for ANDAM winner Hakaan Yildirim’s after-party, she pursed her lips and gently shook her head at an intrepid reporter’s tape recorder in a gesture at least as old as Garbo. But no matter. The stonewalling supermodel’s presence itself spoke volumes. It may not have been the party of the night—an honor reserved for a veteran, not a relative rookie—but it was a required stop for the girls who made the show a hit both on the runway and in the front row. That includes Eva Herzigova, Anja Rubik, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Natalia Vodianova (who came by early with Jefferson Hack), as well as fashion folk like Giambattista Valli, Charlotte Dellal, and Hidetoshi Nakata. Also taking in the dark, smoky scene were visiting New Yorkers Thakoon Panichgul, Lorenzo Martone, and Suno duo Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty.

Campbell commandeered the best downstairs booth with a perfect view of the dance floor, where she sat with boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, and Bar Refaeli, the latter keeping an eye on beau Leonardo DiCaprio. (Though Leo, with baseball cap pulled low, wasn’t so much dancing as swaying with the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.) For his part, Yildirim (above, with Arizona Muse and Lindsey Wixson) pronounced himself “happy but just very tired.” That wasn’t entirely the case with the line’s creative director (and photographer), Mert Alas, who played the host. “I liked it, but I’m never happy,” said Alas, half in jest. “You know when you have a perfect vision of how it should be? So I hate it all.”

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Saloni Lodha’s International Studies

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“I spent all morning buying flowers,” Saloni Lodha said at bit breathlessly at her debut London fashion week presentation. Said exotic flora were there to pretty up the classical masculinity of the Map Room at the Royal Geographical Society, where the decor runs to dark wooden map chests, portraits of African explorers, and a single, glorious seventeenth-century map that covered an entire wall. But the modified setting made perfect sense once models began to saunter out in Lodha’s Spring collection.

“I took the African body-painting rituals and ikat block prints and hand-painting to create a mélange of prints that all sort of sit together,” she explained. “But it’s all very wearable.” Indeed it was. Her easy, draped silk jersey dresses in swirling prints were served controlled and ladylike doses of embellishment in ruffles delicately edged in beads and waistbands embellished with woven raffia and copper bits. Smart little cardigans were dotted with little twists or raffia fringe or tassels of coral beading.

Transforming faraway exotica for a city girl is something Lodha’s done since she launched her collection five seasons ago and had it immediately snapped up by Harvey Nichols. (It’s now sold at Browns in London and The Webster in Miami, among others, and she’s hoping to find a New York stockist.) The cultural exchange of clothing all sourced and produced in India from Jaipur to Bangalore mirrors Lodha’s own path—Bombay native to cool London lass. And next season, she’ll be launching costume jewelry in the same vein, all made by Indian artisans but with faux stones and designs that Lodha’s Brit-girl friends like Poppy Delevingne and Charlotte Dellal should love.

Photo: Richard Young / Rex / Rex USA