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New York Is Burning

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Anyone who has seen the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning or tried to “strike a pose” like Madonna is familiar with voguing—the gender-bending posing that flourished during the late eighties and early nineties with New York’s “ball culture.” Last night, W Hotels paid tribute to the “legendary” underground movement by putting on its own Love Hangover Ball—a voguing competition—in support of amfAR and World AIDS Day on December 1. Hosted by Kelly Osbourne, the walk-off drew a crowd of club kids and fashion fixtures, including models Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, Anne Vyalitsyna, and Lily Donaldson, and designers like Richard Chai, Zac Posen, and Prabal Gurung.

“I used to go to all the voguing balls back in the day,” said Simon Doonan, who judged the event alongside a panel that included Fergie, Mickey Boardman, and Jason Wu. Wearing a fur coat and a necklace constructed out of Liberace charm bracelets, Doonan reminisced about the old days. “I knew all those people and houses: the Xtravaganzas, the House of Dorian Corey, the Mizrahis. The level of style and preparation that went into the balls is beyond description. Drag queens would still be painting on their lashes at 10 p.m., and the balls would take hours and hours, going until 3 or 4 in the morning. Hopefully that won’t be the case tonight.” W‘s style director Edward Enninful was also a judge and voguing veteran. “I’m a huge fan of voguing. Growing up, it was a very important part of all our lives,” he said. “It’s a great art form. It’s glamorous. It’s fashion. I think the new generation is really inspired by what it represents.”

Speaking of the new generation, Donaldson and Kloss were just babies during the fad’s heyday, but were quickly swept up. By the end of the performance, both girls were pounding their fists on the makeshift runway, finger-wagging, and yelling, “Work!” When asked to compare her posing abilities to the divas onstage, Donaldson enthused, “These girls are on a completely different level. I wouldn’t stand a chance against them.” Perhaps Pat McGrath summed up the evening best: “Drama, drama, drama. Fierce, fierce, fierce. Realness.” Amen.

Footwear News’ Lifetime Achiever Has The Kate Middleton Vote Locked Up

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According to Stuart Weitzman, earning a lifetime achievement award could be considered a nudge toward an exodus from the industry. “Twenty-six years ago they gave me my first award, which was Man of the Year,” recalled the designer who took home the Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s 26th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards held at the Museum of Modern Art. “Now I think they’re trying to retire me.” Despite his jests, the 71-year-old designer (above) shows no signs of slowing down. Selling two million pairs of shoes each year, Weitzman continues to outfit well-heeled women across the globe in his signature 50/50 boots and demure heels. He counts Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé (who even sent in a congratulatory video tribute for Weitzman), and Kate Middleton as fans. Most recently, the latter turned up at London’s Olympic Games in his Corkswoon wedge, turning the stacked style into an instant hit. “She didn’t change her shoes for nine days,” he said. “It was a big deal.”


Among the flurry of footwear fanatics on hand were Miranda Kerr, Tali Lennox, and pop star-turned-designer Fergie, who paired a turquoise Pucci dress with her own Holly pumps. “I love a platform because my husband is so much taller than I am,” the singer admitted. “He’s always leaning over to kiss me.” Even presenter Victor Cruz revealed he’s a “heels guy” and prefers his lady friends in Christian Louboutin or Charlotte Olympia. “I know my stuff,” beamed the New York Giants’ wide receiver. Among the winners of the evening, Charlotte Dellal and Tabitha Simmons (left, with Kerr) took home trophies for Designer of the Year and Style Influencer of the Year respectively, while Rebecca Minkoff earned praise for using Instagram photos in her first print ad campaign (which debuted, by the way, in Style.com/Print). “It was another way that we could connect to our customer and make her feel empowered,” explained Minkoff who, hours earlier, uploaded sandal options for the evening and let her 114k followers decide. No stranger to posting sartorial selfies, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine lamented over the cons of public forum sharing. “Shoe porn instigates the most heated conversations,” the blogger told Style.com. “The reactions are funny. Amid all the ‘OMG, I love your shoes!’ There’s always the ‘Girl, shave your legs! Why aren’t your toes pedicured!’ It can get pretty hostile.”

AmfAR Inspiration Gala Honorees Announced, Calvin Klein Debuts Its Macy’s Capsule Collection, And More…

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At the upcoming New York amfAR Inspiration Gala on June 7, Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs International, and Fergie will all be honored. WWD reports that the event will also include “an Olympic-themed men’s runway show.” [WWD]

Calvin Klein has just announced the limited-edition release of a capsule collection by Francisco Costa for Macy’s. The Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein selection of dresses will be unveiled May 15 as part of the retailer’s A Magical Journey to Brasil campaign. [Calvin Klein]

Since leaving his namesake label, Simon Spurr has not discussed his plans for the future. However, the designer recently told British Vogue, “[I'm] looking forward with great hope and excitement toward my future within the industry as a men’s fashion designer.” As for his CFDA Award nomination this year, he said, “If they don’t vote for me this year, they’re not going to next year. It’s now or never.” [Vogue U.K.]

To show off her new line of intimates (not to mention her taut body), Bar Refaeli hit the tennis courts with her racquet in hand for a short film. In the video, Refaeli runs around in just a bra and underwear. [Telegraph]

Photo: Courtesy of Calvin Klein, Inc.

If You’re Going To The Kickoff, You’re Going To Need The Right Shoes

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Most of the country will be tuning in to the Super Bowl this Sunday to watch the Packers take on the Steelers. But twelve F.I.T. students will be paying particularly close attention—to the halftime entertainment, at least. The Black Eyed Peas are booked to perform the mid-game show, and for the aspiring designers-to-be on Footwear News‘ new online reality show, FN Shoe Star, Fergie might as well be their homework. The pop star plays a starring role in the new Web series, where she’ll challenge the contestants to design a shoe around her and with her. Anyone who reads the celeb weeklies knows she’s got a taste for peeptoes and booties, but those hoping to succeed—the winner, selected during the final round of judging in June, will win a design position with sponsor Brown Shoe (which produces Fergie’s own footwear collection)—will need to keep a close eye on their collaborator-to-be. The lady already appeared on the first episode, which debuted at FNshoestar.com late last month. On Monday, the 12 finalists will be narrowed to six contestants and the game will truly begin. So if you find yourself elbow to elbow with a fashion student at McNulty’s on Sunday, you’ll know why. Do her a favor: Don’t get any wing sauce on her sketchpad.

Photo: Courtesy of Footwear News

Meet The Man Behind The Sequins

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Fergie took the stage last night on American Idol in a spangled bodysuit fit for a particularly glamorous superhero. Routinely topping the Top 40 charts has its perks. But ask us, and the real superhero is the guy who painstakingly crafted the damn thing: the undersung costume designer and stylist Michael Schmidt, the go-to for celebrities looking for a few (thousand) scales, sequins, and sparkles. Fergie’s Idol suit and boots are covered in 8,500 metal scales and Swarovski crystals, each one hand-sewn. The process took three months. But no sweat for Schmidt, whose clientele (Madonna, Cher, Dolly, Janet—the glitteriest of the glitterphiles) routinely go to him for showstopping couture. Not that it’s all girls. Schmidt also designed a rope-knot sculpture for the Palm Springs branch of the Ace Hotel in 2009, and the VIP rooms of NYC’s Palladium club, where he installed black leather floors and hand-studded them in silver—spelling out in Braille (why not?) the lyrics to Iggy Pop’s “Nightclubbing.”

Photo: Vince Bucci / PictureGroup / FOX / AP Photo