Ali MacGraw was determined to avoid making “old lady” shoes in her debut footwear collection.
The 80-year-old actress, best known for her role in 1970’s Love Story, has teamed up with luxury women’s footwear brand Butter for her capsule collection, which will debut in January 2020.
MacGraw insisted that while she had a vision for the collection, it was a collaborative effort between her and Lynne Comeau, Butter’s co-owner.
“I love what she does,” she gushed to Footwear News. “All the bits that matter are things Lynne has tremendous knowledge about, such as comfort and proportion. We didn’t want to make a lot of shoes with just a celebrity name attached and didn’t have real value.”
“We’re partners on every level, since I’m a complete neophyte to the business,” MacGraw shared, before adding, “Comfort is really important, but this is not an old lady brand.”
The collection, made in Italy and Brazil, features sandals, tapered-toe pumps and ballerina pumps, which are all favourites of MacGraw, and some of the shoes are also completely vegan.
“We both decided in this day and age, it would be incredible if a lot of the shoes were vegan,” said MacGraw. “It stems from my passion about animals.”
The former Dynasty actress looked at existing silhouettes in the Butter line for inspiration and wanted to make them comfortable, sexy and beautiful for her generation.
“These styles just don’t have a four-inch heel, which I love the look of but can’t wear anymore,” MacGraw stated. “I think my generation is going to be grateful to show how chic and sexy the shoes are.”
The collection will hit stores in January next year and are priced from $250 (£206) to $350 (£288).
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