August 22 2014

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3 posts tagged "Footwear News"

A Manolo Moment


Footwear designer Manolo Blahnik has been in the business since the early seventies. Over the decades, there have been ups and downs, of course, but through it all, the man and the brand have achieved the status of a modern classic. The return of the pointy-toed pump for Fall has arbiters—Footwear News among them —calling it a Manolo moment. Blahnik himself demurs. “I have never had a perception about whether it’s my time or someone else’s time,” he told the paper. “I don’t think I have a time.”

If a Manolo is forever, though, that doesn’t mean now isn’t a very good time to indulge. The Blahnik classics look fresh once again, and’s senior market editor, Marina Larroude, highlighted many of them in her Fall 2011 Accessories Index. For fall, there are concessions to trends in the form of plaids, leopard prints, and the season’s must-have fur-trimmed sandal, but our favorite is the ankle-strap pointy pump, a ladylike standard that’s hallmark Blahnik. Dare we say it? Timeless.

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

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


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 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

Shoe In


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!”

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