As I have been reporting the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (two of them actually) happened in NYC just recently. ‘On the heels’ of all that fashion-if you will allow me the phrase-I wanted to pay a little attention to what’s new in the world of shoes for this blog. As much part of couture as any other article or accessory, footwear deserves a mention I feel…even if some of what I report below had nothing to do with Fashion Week.
With a very NYC –based flavor/reputation to be sure, it seems that Sarah Jessica Parker has partnered with Manolo Blahnik to create a shoe line. Featuring a strip of grosgrain running up the back seam of every shoe (reminiscent the actress/designer says of the signature ribbon she always wore in her hair as a child) the SJP shoe line features pumps, flats and T-straps, with prices ranging from $195-$475, quite the price break from the usual higher prices of Manolo Blahnik. As Ms Parker claims: “…I really tried to give women beautiful silhouettes and colors and excellent quality for their money.”
Ms. Parker created a “Carrie heel,” for the line from the name of her character on Sex In The City.
Speaking of something directly related to fashion week, at NYC’s Parsons The New School for Design Victoria Beckham (in town with hubby and children to attend/show at Fashion Week) admitted that she not only wants to add shoe designing to her considerable empire but managed a shout out to designers present in the 800 strong audience to present their ideas to her: “If anybody here is a shoe designer, please do come and see me!” she said.
There were big doings in the Beckham design camp during New York Fashion Week as it was feared Beckham would be cancelling shows, not have a line ready etc. (she had her show though with hubby and kids in attendance.)
She also added during her talk at Parsons that she can see developing men’s shoes as well.
If you haven’t realized it was the The Beatles 50th anniversary in coming to America you must not have been near a T.V. radio or your computer this past month. In keeping with the spirit of The Fab Four’s debut on American shores and not forgetting fashion one little bit Vans is releasing a footwear collaboration with The Beatles, featuring four sneakers with artwork inspired from their animated Yellow Submarine film. Retailing from $65-$75, the line includes four different sneakers, from classic “Slip-Ons” showing sea monsters in an ocean of pink, “The Era” showing John, Paul George and Ringo wearing rainbow pants and hanging out in a yellow garden and the “Authentic” with “Allyouneedislove” littered across the sneaker in purple, yellow and green.
So, will the above get you out and about stepping high in the next few months?
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