August 22 2014

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4 posts tagged "Edmundo Castillo"

Drag Queens, Credit Card Debt, and Fashion’s Rising Stars


Rising Star Winners

“Think of me as sort of a gay male version of Maggie Smith’s character on Downton Abbey,” said Simon Doonan while smiling onstage at Cipriani’s yesterday afternoon. “I’m going to give you some life tips. Rising stars, are you listening?” And so began the 17th Annual Rising Star Awards, an industry event that drew the likes of Anndra Neen’s Annette and Phoebe Stephens, Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, and NARS’ Sara Zucker to celebrate emerging talent in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories, business, and design.

“Thank God for menswear, otherwise I would be freezing my ass off on days like today!” exclaimed Hal Rubenstein before presenting the menswear award to Pyer Moss’ tear-stricken Kerby Jean-Raymond and a very surprised Ian Velardi. “I really didn’t expect to be up here, so I have nothing to say,” offered the former. “But I do want to thank my girlfriend for allowing me to max out all of our credit cards. I promise you that I’m gonna buy you a ring after we pay off Chase, American Express, Capital One, and every other credit union who ever lent us money.”

Honor’s Giovanna Randall later received the womenswear award from a fanny-pack-totting Stephen Burrows, who wore his sunglasses onstage. The accessories prize, meanwhile, was handed to Edmundo Castillo. “Of course you want it, but you never know…” he whispered after leaving the podium.

We have to imagine that, as they left the luncheon, all the event’s guests felt like winners—after all, they had been privy to Doonan’s sacred life tips. His best advice? “Always make sure that you have at least one drag queen in your orbit. They’re very inspiring.”

Photo: Courtesy of Rising Star Awards 

Edmundo Castillo, Sneaker Obsessive, Grows Up


Edmundo Castillo has spent years designing gorgeous, exotic shoes for the ladies (both for his former namesake collection, and for Santoni, which signed the Puerto Rico-born designer as creative director last year), but the guy himself was most often seen in sneaks. No more. This weekend in Milan, Castillo and partner Manuele Bianchi debut Casbia, their first men’s line. Castillo spoke to about trends, traditions, and just how many kicks he’s got in his closet.

How’d Casbia come about?
I always wanted a line of men’s shoes. I love buying men’s shoes, as much as a woman loves buying high heels and platforms. And I’ve always been a collector of the shoes that I like—I have over 500 pairs of sneakers. But lately, I’ve been having difficulty finding what I want to buy. My partner, Manuele, and I, we both feel that we’ve been wearing sneakers for the past ten years. It’s time for the shoe that’s going to replace the sneaker but still feel like a sneaker—to have that casualness. It’s almost like growing up.

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Freewheeling Fashion’s Night Out


This has got to be one of the coolest FNO ideas we’ve heard so far. Edmundo Castillo is renting a black Winnebago, filling it with vintage Edmundo Castillo shoes, his Fall 2009 Edmundo Castillo for Narciso Rodriguez creations, and other accessories like necklaces and candles, and setting up his shop on wheels on the corner of Bond and Bowery in front of the Rogan store. That’s Castillo in the driver’s seat yesterday when he took it for a brief spin. “I moved it maybe a few inches. I was too scared I was going to trash the other vans,” he told us. “It’s gigantic.” The shoe designer is also working on a series of sketches dedicated to every country participating in Fashion’s Night Out; their proceeds will go to cancer research. You’ll recognize the van on September 10 by the huge neon signs on its sides advertising “SHOES! SHOES! SHOES!” See you there.

Edmundo Castillo Steps Back In Time


For centuries the espadrille was relegated to peasant status, and since 1927 the Spanish shoe company Castañer was content producing jute-soled footwear for country-dwelling Catalonians. That is, until the sixties, when Yves Saint Laurent went to the brand with a sketch of a previously unheard-of heeled espadrille, and the resulting collaboration kicked off a fashion frenzy for the humble slip-on. Today Castañer is the go-to manufacturer for any designer looking to add woven wedges to his or her collection. And now Edmundo Castillo, formerly of Sergio Rossi, is on board reinterpreting some of the brand’s classic pieces. First up? The shoe that started it all. This YSL-inspired ballerina-style design is a bit heftier than other wedges, making it an ideal piece to bridge the summer-fall gap, while adding a bit of history to your wardrobe.

$175, available at Castañer boutiques worldwide.

Illustration: Courtesy of Castañer; Photo: Steven Torres