August 29 2014

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Plastic Fantastic: Melissa + Karl Lagerfeld


Earlier this month, Karl Lagerfeld revealed his capsule range for accessible Brazilian “jelly” shoe brand, Melissa, via a campaign starring Cara Delevingne. The Lagerfeld-lensed images, which depict Ms. Delevingne as a leather-clad bondage dominatrix, stirred up the requisite buzz. And last night, at the label’s Soho boutique, the wares made their much-anticipated New York debut. Featuring a range of pointy plastic flats and sparkly ice-cream-cone-heeled pumps, all of which are fruit scented, the collection boasted a subversive, but almost silly sex appeal. Naturally, this was only enhanced by Lagerfeld’s snaps, which were displayed at yesterday’s fête. “The shoes are amazing, and they smell so good,” offered Delevingne. “In one of the photos, I’m drinking Champagne out of them, so I got to know them pretty well.”

Since launching over thirty years ago, Melissa has worked with some pretty impressive collaborators—Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Jason Wu among them. On hand to discuss the latest joint effort was Melissa’s US CEO, Michele Levy, who noted that Lagerfeld “wanted to capture who we are.” (However, the photo shoot, she affirmed, was “Karl’s touch.”) “We are a Brazilian brand, although we’re in 71 countries, and he wanted to embrace that spirit.” One pair of pumps shown in the colors of the country’s flag was particularly patriotic. Continue Reading “Plastic Fantastic: Melissa + Karl Lagerfeld” »

The Full Brazilian: Melissa X Pedro Lourenço


In terms of collaborations, Brazilian shoe company Melissa has roped in some of the industry’s finest, from Vivienne Westwood to Gareth Pugh. Now, add one more name to the list: fellow Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço. Of the design behind the two styles he created, Lourenço tells, “I like women in heels, but I like it when they feel light and seductive without being aggressive.” He adds, “I wanted to see a fusion of skin and plastic—I like the juicy look of plastic in combination with nude skin.” Here, has an exclusive first look at the shoes, the Melissa No. 1 + Pedro Lourenço heel ($175, in stores in November) and the Melissa Divine + Pedro Lourenço ballet flat ($90, in stores in July), which is available in several different colors including red, black, and blue. Up next for Lourenço—a sunglass collection. Until then, stay tuned.

Photo: Courtesy of Pedro Lourenço

Alessandra Ambrosio X Melissa, The 3-Year-Old Chanel Show Star, And More…


Alessandra Ambrosio has designed a collection of shoes, including a ballet flat and a fifties-inspired pump, for Brazilian footwear label Melissa. The pregnant supermodel is the first in a series of celebrities set to design styles for Melissa. [Vogue U.K.]

You know all the fuss about underage models? That didn’t stop Karl Lagerfeld from enlisting male model Brad Kroenig’s 3-year-old son to walk in the Chanel show yesterday. The little model sported a tweed blazer, cords, and a quilted black Chanel purse. [NYT]

Nanette Lepore will be the guest on Project Runway All Stars tomorrow night. The designer has revealed that the winning designs will be sold in her boutiques and online with a special hangtag. [WWD]

Ryan Reynolds and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have reunited for their second Marks & Spencer Autograph ad campaign. The duo was photographed around London and at swanky hotels for the shoot. [Telegraph]

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Gareth Pugh’s Foot Armor


“Melissa supported me with product sponsorship for my second show at London fashion week for Spring 2006, a good six years ago now, and we talked about doing something together ever since,” Gareth Pugh tells of the Brazilian footwear label. Tonight, the British designer celebrates the launch of his first original design for Melissa at Layers in London. The collection, available at Colette includes two styles ($117 to $130), a sandal and a flat, both of which have Pugh’s signature touches all over them. “The idea for the sandal was taken from the vented outfits produced for my first show in Paris (for Spring 2009)—these formed an exoskeleton,” says Pugh. “The Melissa style has quite an amour-like quality to it, which I love, but essentially they’re an open work sandal, nothing as weighty or as cumbersome as armor.” Next month, look out for another collaboration from the designer, this one with MAC, which has been two years in the making. “Well at least I know what my mom’s getting for Christmas this year!”

Photo: Courtesy of Melissa

You May Be Ready For These Jellies


“This is the only way to have a party,” Erin Wasson announced last night, looking breezy in cream linen overalls at Milk Studios’ penthouse patio on the Hudson. Behind her, the sky had turned tangerine and yachts slid by on the purple water while Leigh Lezark and the MisShapes manned the DJ booth. “What better way to spend the evening than watching the sunset with a cocktail?”

Guests like Dree Hemingway, Cory Kennedy, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian, Carly Cushnie, and Michelle Ochs seemed to agree. Their host, the Brazilian plastic-sandal maker Melissa, was celebrating its new collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier, who designed a rubbery stiletto, but he’s only the latest of many. A retrospective of 30 years of collaborative jelly footwear from guest designers past and present lined a few display vitrines. (Beyoncé, if you ever condescend to wear flats, you may like Thierry Mugler’s gold, genie-ish slip-on from the early eighties.) Nearby, a film by Lola Schnabel played against a studio scrim, and a piece by tattooer-turned-art-star Scott Campbell—a sheet of dollar bills, perforated by a heart—hung on a wall. It fluttered in the river breeze and Campbell, too, admired the view. “Every party should be like this,” he said. “They’ve spoiled us.”

Inside was the art, but outside was the action, where revelers sipped Champagne and cachaça cocktails. (The bravest accepted shots from circulating waiters.) Co-host Lorenzo Martone (with Hemingway, left), another successful Brazilian export, surveyed the crowd. “I guess I have really good friends,” he said. “It just makes sense to me—they are a summer brand and they haven’t had a party. I said, we need to have a party.” Irrefutable logic.

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