Archive for May, 2009
-ShoeBlog’s own blogger, TwinkleToes, talks to Christian Siriano about his Payless shoes collection. To make me an even bigger fan, he actually sounds like a pretty decent person too.
-StyleFrizz brings us Acne’s fall 2009 collection, which look a little like astronaut shoes. [via StyleFrizz]
-During Nordstrom’s shareholder meeting, we learn who two of its top selling vendors are. Hints: They are both shoe designers, one of the brands specializes in warm boots, and the other brand sounds a little like ‘shoes’. Okay, that’s like giving away the answers. Can you guess who the designers are? [via Luxist]
Carine Roitfield of Vogue Paris is considered a style icon within the fashion industry.
She has a pair of Azzedine Alaia lace up sandals that she has worn several times. They were £705 at Browns but are no longer available. Here is the shoe.
Here are the outfits.
AMFAR Charity Luncheon 2008
Wild Grass Premier 2009
Cinema Against Aids Gala
Dolce Gabbana Party 2009
I am not sure when this was taken, but I think it was Paris Fashion Week 2009.
When I look at the shoe in the top photograph I think they are heinous, but seeing the way she has worn them I think they might not be so bad. What do you think?
No, they are awful.
Don’t you love Cannes? Eleven days of style and red carpet fashion. Oh Yeah, and films. Here are just a few of the shoes seen on the red carpet.
These shoes have been a hit with those who don’t want to be seen as playing it safe. The trouble is that they have been seen everywhere. Variations of this shoe have been seen on Madonna, Victoria Beckham, Kerry Washington (twice) and Isabelle Huppert.
One of the reasons I love Cannes is because it truly has an international attitude. The women don’t have that odd wax lip thing going on. The mature women don’t look like they have a Kabuki mask on. They have allowed themselves to age gracefully. Right now, Isabelle and Robin Wright Penn are my heros.
I Love, Love, Love the way Isabelle made an odball dress work with these shoes. Isabelle Huppert in Louis Vuitton Fall Collection 2009.
Kerry Washington at the Amend Charity Luncheon, Cannes 2009. Kerry wore a gold version of this shoe.
Asia Argento in Armani Prive
Charlotte Gainsbourg wore some amazing Balenciaga Heels. I have tried to get a large photo, but I am a techno dork, for which I appologize.
Sarah Marshall wore Sergio Rossi’s coil heel. Do you love these or what?? I didn’t think they were available yet.
Bae Doo-na from Air Dolls wore Steve Madden Gladiator Flats at a daytime press conference. She wore a gorgeous Doir dress later that night. (I will include the dress just because she looks so great in it. ) I love a girl who goes from Steve Madden to Dior.
Ya gotta include Phoebe.
Most photos fom Red Carpet Fashion Awards
OK Ladies (and the odd gentleman), who loves Christian Siriano? Let me hear you! Who is fascinated by how his maniacal fashion mind works as he manages to succeed in an industry that often crushes new designers and an economy that crushes everybody else? Me! I am!
I got a chance to talk to Christian at the Fall Release event for Payless at their showroom in Manhattan. I will admit that most of the information in the interview is paraphrased (hey, I had a notebook, not a tape recorder). But these are the facts. The cold, hard facts.
Part 1: Memories….la la la la
So we all remember the runway versions of Christian Siriano’s soon-to-be-ready-to-footwear. They were…aspirational. Celebrities starting wearing them even before they tripped lightly down the runway at his Fall 2009 show. Needless to say, the question of how those 7-inch stunners would be modified for a population who walks farther than runway–>limo–>premiere–>limo was foremost in my mind. Here’s a reminder of what the runway versions looked like:
Cute, but Ouch!
Part 2: Here comes the love
First of all, let me say that Siriano was the picture of graciousness throughout the Payless event. He chatted with all the journalists who were milling around, smiling and posing for photos. My Payless contact told me that he had come in on a red-eye flight that morning, but you certainly couldn’t tell by looking at him. After exchanging greetings, I dove into the interview.
Twinkletoes: Can you tell me about the inspiration for your Payless collection?
Christian: My inspiration is the diva, Cleopatra, in Egypt. You can see in the colors palette that we have the browns of the sand and the blue of the Nile. The detailing also comes from Egypt; we have inverted pyramid zipper pulls and a blue hieroglyphic-like pattern. Even the curved, conical heel is an inverted pyramid. Also, the snakeskin-like fabric is totally Egypt.
T: Talk to me a little about how your runway shoes are different from the shoes that will be sold at Payless.
CS: The Payless shoes are definitely modified to make them more wearable, but they are very similar. I designed the runway shoes with Payless, so don’t think that the retail shoes will be inferior in any way. The Payless customer wants an everyday shoe, not something they can wear just once. You can see that the retail shoes are dramatic enough with the color and the details. They don’t need to be 7 inches high for drama. They have enough drama on their own.
T: I noticed that on the blue hieroglyphic bootie, the zipper is farther toward the front of the shoe than on most ankle boots. Was there a reason for that design decision?
CS: I was to democratize fashion a little and I love it when people take something and make it their own. With the zipper moved forward like this, the wearer can actually unzip it part way and fold over the top, making a whole different look. On the runway, the shoes actually had a double zipper so that they could be modified even more.
T: How was designing your collection for Payless different from designing your own collection?
CS: Well, first of all, working with Payless was wonderful. They have so many resources so there are a million different options. At the same time, when I design for Payless, the first this I have to think about is making my design wearable, then I add drama. It’s actually the opposite process when I design my own collection. With my line, it’s all about the drama. I want it to be fabulous. If it’s not, then my take is “If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. Let’s throw a poncho on her and call it a day.” Wearability comes later. I loved working with Payless though! And there are plans in the works for more collections! I am already working on a Holiday collection and a Resort collection and there will be a Spring collection as well. This is just the beginning.
T: Do you have a deep-rooted love of shoes?
CS: Actually, my sister has over 400 pairs of shoes! And they are dramatic ones, not everyday ones. I remember that when we were little, she would get a new pair of shoes every week, so that there were so many of them in all kinds of colors. She loves shoes. One of the perks of me designing, in general and for Payles is that I can send my shoes to her and my mom. So far, I haven’t heard any complaints from them. So it definitely comes from them.
Christian’s shoes for Payless are due out in August and they are very cute. He stayed true to the runway versions for the most part, bringing the heels down a notch and dropping a chain or a spike here and there. There are also even some flats in the collection for the girl on the go. All the shoes will be priced below $50.00, which is true for all the designer collaborations at Payless. Detailed photos won’t be available until late summer, but ladies, get ready to pounce on Payless when those shoes debut. For a sneak peak at the collection check out this photo from Racked.com.
I just want to thank Payless for letting me talk with Christian so I can share his thoughts with all of you. There is more coming from the Payless event. They are a brand that has come a long way in the last several years, becoming more recognizable and more respectable. I will also be posting about their designer collaboration with Alice & Olivia and their eco-friendly line Zoe & Zac as well as some other tidbits. Stay tuned!
If any of you happened to drive by an Old Navy store this past Saturday, you might have noticed the mad lines snaking out from the front of the store. Apparently $1 flip-flops are impossible for many folks to miss a shot at buying.
Happily, I missed the local madness, but did find myself the local Old Navy store on Sunday (It was just a day after the flip-flop sale and there were only 2 pair of lonely flip-flops surrounded by empty display space in the entire store). While there, I found out about a promotional tie-in to the Memorial Day weekend flip-flop event that is still ongoing.
If you are like me and have a young fashionista (or two) in training – this contest is for them.
Aspiring shoe-designers (US and Canada) aged 12 and younger are being asked to design a flip-flop for Old Navy. The winning design will be produced and sold at Old Navy Stores.
Entry forms are available at brick-and-mortar Old Navy locations; entry deadline is June 7, 2009. All your young designer needs to do is color an original design and then nag you to return it to the nearest Old Navy location.
And, to help us grownups to be responsible and not miss the contest deadline: There is detachable 20% off discount coupon at the bottom of the entry form. It’s good until June 7th, so there’s no excuse not to find your way back to the store before the contest deadline has passed.
8/7 Update: We just learned from Old Navy’s PR Department that the winners were just notified. However, that info will not be released to the general public for another week. As soon as we hear back, we will let you know.