Tommy Hilfiger thrilled to collaborate with Zendaya before her career ‘skyrocketed’

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unv…

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.

The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unveiled a second ’70s-inspired line as part of New York Fashion Week in September.

In a new interview with Footwear News, Hilfiger revealed that he and his team were glad they tapped the 23-year-old to work with the label before her role in critically acclaimed in HBO show Euphoria hit TV screens.

“When she started collaborating with us, we thought, ‘OK, this is great. She’s a TV star, she’s a movie star, she’s a musician,'” the 68-year-old explained. “But what we didn’t know was that she was going to come out with a new show called Euphoria that was going to skyrocket. I think that it was maybe luck that we engaged with her at that time.”

He noted that the actress, who featured vintage and ’70s-style pieces in both her collections with the iconic fashion house, is “beyond her years.”

“She said, ‘Yeah, I think like a 70-year-old,” Hilfiger recalled. “And I really believe that because she’s so in tune with life. She’s very, very present, and she’s very aware of everything that’s going on around her.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hilfiger explained how he has always been influenced by the “music fashion revolution” and noted that even when launching his business in the 1960s, he wanted to connect his label to musicians and pop culture.

“I really thought that if the musicians who were relevant were wearing my clothes, their fan base would come to us,” he shared. “In a sense, that was social media back then. When Britney Spears was on tour or Jennifer Lopez was playing at a stadium or doing a concert wearing my clothes, their fans would then come to my brand.”

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Steve Madden credits stint in prison for reviving his career

Steve Madden is thankful for his stint in prison as he believes it revived his career.In April 2002, the shoe designer was sentenced to 41 months in prison for cheating investors in a stock fraud scheme headed by Jordan Belfort, with the story included…

Steve Madden is thankful for his stint in prison as he believes it revived his career.

In April 2002, the shoe designer was sentenced to 41 months in prison for cheating investors in a stock fraud scheme headed by Jordan Belfort, with the story included as part of Martin Scorsese’s 2014 film, The Wolf of Wall Street.

Madden was released in 2005 after serving 31 months, and in a new interview with Footwear News, explained that his jail time has benefitted his career.

“When I got out of prison, it was a moment with a lot of energy and a whole lot of grit. It took the company to another level,” the 61-year-old stated. “Bet you don’t hear that a lot, right?”

And Madden, who was inducted into the Footwear News Hall of Fame at the recent 2019 FN Achievement Awards, is looking forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary of his namesake brand next year.

“It’s great now. I’m having a lot of fun,” he insisted. “I’m having more fun now, actually. I feel physically, mentally and spiritually in the best shape of my life. It’s the best I’ve ever felt.”

Madden began his shoe label back in 1990, and in the chat, acknowledged how lucky he was that his business took off so quickly.

“Yes, I was hard-working and talented, but I was a lucky guy. And it may not have been enough if I didn’t have luck,” he confessed.

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J Balvin searches social media for unknown designers

J Balvin regularly scours Instagram for emerging designers and brands to collaborate with.The Colombian reggaeton star, who is known for his vibrant and colourful style, is set to be honoured as the Style Influencer of the Year at the Footwear News Ach…

J Balvin regularly scours Instagram for emerging designers and brands to collaborate with.

The Colombian reggaeton star, who is known for his vibrant and colourful style, is set to be honoured as the Style Influencer of the Year at the Footwear News Achievement Awards on Tuesday.

He recently spoke to the outlet about his passion for fashion, as well as his desire to help unknown designers who have small followings and engagement on social media platforms.

“Jose will not only curate what he wears, but he goes searching for brands. He discovers brands,” his friend, designer Mike Amiri, told Footwear News. “He goes through Instagram and looks for brands with 500 followers, 1,000 followers, or maybe it’s a kid in Ohio sewing a quilted blanket into a pair of jeans. These are the people he reaches out to.”

The Mi Gente hitmaker has worked hard on creating his own unique look without professional guidance from a stylist.

“I like to (style myself) because I’m a geek of it. I go to the past – the ’80s and ’90s – and I walk around New York and watch people’s style, the creativity,” Balvin explained. “Fashion is art, a way to express yourself, and it’s what I love to do.”

It was his quest to discover an unknown designer that led him to Amiri in 2015, and later to 424 co-founder Guillermo Andrade. Balvin was also tapped by Guess for a spring collection and campaign, and more recently collaborated with Japanese brand Bape, with a capsule line to be released on Thursday.

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Kerby Jean-Raymond lands spot on Time 100 Next list

Kerby Jean-Raymond has landed a spot on the inaugural Time 100 Next list.The designer has been named alongside the likes of model Adut Akech, actress Awkwafina, singer Camila Cabello, basketball player Zion Williamson, Glossier founder Emily Weiss, wri…

Kerby Jean-Raymond has landed a spot on the inaugural Time 100 Next list.

The designer has been named alongside the likes of model Adut Akech, actress Awkwafina, singer Camila Cabello, basketball player Zion Williamson, Glossier founder Emily Weiss, writer Chanel Miller, and politician Carlos Alvarado Quesada as one of the 100 most influential rising stars.

Time’s new list is an expansion of its annual Time 100 – which has listed the world’s most influential people over the past 15 years – and instead looks at those who are “shaping the future” of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more.

Jean-Raymond was included for his “dedication to centring the Black American experience among others”.

The Haitian-American designer founded his Pyer Moss brand in 2013, and won the top honour at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards last year, scooping the $400,000 (£311,000) prize.

He has previously spoken out about being “ostracised” and treated “like a pariah in the industry” after he staged a show during New York Fashion Week in 2017 that focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.

And while accepting a Footwear News Achievement Award for his collaboration with Reebok last year, he said that working with the sports giant allowed him to express his views through the pieces.

“My work is political, so I was offered political things, and I was offered things that were specifically black or specifically street. And Reebok said, ‘Do whatever the f**k you want,’ and that was immediately the perfect match for me,” he shared.

Jean-Raymond was later named Footwear News’ 2019 Person of the Year, and was tapped to be a part of this year’s CFDA board, along with Maria Cornejo, Carly Cushnie, and Virgil Abloh.

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Donna Karan blasts fashion industry for becoming too boring

Donna Karan wants to see more diversity on the fashion runways.The New York-based designer has opened up about her views on the ever-changing industry and recalled a much simpler time back in the 1970s when each nation had its own unique style on the c…

Donna Karan wants to see more diversity on the fashion runways.

The New York-based designer has opened up about her views on the ever-changing industry and recalled a much simpler time back in the 1970s when each nation had its own unique style on the catwalk.

“Everybody was individualised. You had the American world, the British world, the French world, the Italian world,” she said in an interview for Footwear News. “And it was… the Americans were black. The British were (punk), France was colour and Italy was neutral.

“Now, everything’s alike. You can’t tell the difference,” Karan sighed, adding that everybody is dressing the same nowadays, which makes it difficult for her to design on-trend clothes.

“I like to feel the differentiation between our cultures. And that’s where I’m at, which is a little bit different than most designers.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Karan, who has recently launched an exclusive shoe collection with Kenneth Cole in collaboration with artisans in Haiti, complained about the rise of social media and how it’s ruining fashion by showing collections from designers before they are even ready to be released.

“I believe we’re giving too much information out. And now, because of communication, everybody sees everything. You know, and the customers see it six months before, which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever,” the 71-year-old insisted. “In the fashion industry, the consumer is confused. She’s seeing too much – early. And then it finally comes in, it’s boring because she wants buy now, wear now.”

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Tyra Banks once had to walk the runway with her shoelaces tied together

Tyra Banks has recalled the time she had to take “tiny” steps down the runway because her shoelaces were tied together.The supermodel launched her career at the age of 15, and after becoming one of the world’s top-earning names in the early 2000s, foun…

Tyra Banks has recalled the time she had to take “tiny” steps down the runway because her shoelaces were tied together.

The supermodel launched her career at the age of 15, and after becoming one of the world’s top-earning names in the early 2000s, found success in co-creating her reality TV series America’s Next Top Model.

While Tyra has appeared in numerous fashion shows over the years, in an interview with Footwear News, she remembered her worst-ever footwear fail.

“I did a fashion show when I was really young. I was 18 or 19,” she stated. “My dresser was dressing me really fast and I’m running to get to the stage. I get on the runway and my shoelaces are tied together.”

Even though most young models would have crumbled in the same scenario, Tyra took it all in her stride.

“I don’t know if my dresser was paid by someone to do that, but I ended up taking tiny little steps down the runway the whole time and I just made it a thing. (Afterwards), the designer was like, ‘Oh that was amazing,’ and I’m like, ‘My shoes were tied together!'” the 45-year-old laughed.

Tyra was recently named as the new global brand ambassador for shoe and accessories company Nine West. The model will front the Groudbreakers advertising campaign, as well as feature in marketing imagery throughout the next year.

“For years Nine West has helped women from all walks of life look amazing from the ground up,” she said of the gig. “It’s both inspiring and exciting to partner with a brand that is committed to empowering the modern woman and giving her the confidence to take on her nine-to-nine lifestyle in the fiercest fashion.”

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Britney Spears has never worn $6,000 Christian Louboutin snakeskin shoes

Britney Spears spent $6,000 (£4,900) on Christian Louboutin snakeskin shoes that she’s never worn.The 37-year-old performer shared a snap of the sky-high heels on Instagram on Thursday and told her followers that while she’s had them for a while, she’…

Britney Spears spent $6,000 (£4,900) on Christian Louboutin snakeskin shoes that she’s never worn.

The 37-year-old performer shared a snap of the sky-high heels on Instagram on Thursday and told her followers that while she’s had them for a while, she’s never got round to wearing them.

“Four years ago I bought my first pair of Christian Louboutin snakeskin heels that were 6,000 dollars… PS I’ve never worn them !!!!” she wrote, alongside two rolling eyes emojis.

Her followers urged her to auction them off for charity and expressed concern that she was spending huge amounts of money on frivolous things.

“Britney, I don (don’t) think u should be posting how much u pay for things (sic),” one wrote. “Yes u can afford it and that’s great but it might be a little insensitive to those that struggle each day.”

“If you wanted you could have fed the unprivileged with that money,” another commented, while one follower suggested: “Auction them off and donate the money to a non profit woman’s cause. They are beautiful and shouldn’t be kept in a box.”

The multi-coloured snakeskin pumps feature a platform base and were part of Louboutin’s fall 2019 collection titled Palace Nights, which was a homage to a Parisian nightclub in the 1980s nicknamed the Palace.

News of Britney’s splurge comes after it was revealed she’s worth more than $59 million (£49 million).

According to documents obtained by The Blast, she has increased her net worth by $2.5 million (£2 million), thanks to her Piece Of Me tour last year.

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Dr. Martens suing fast-fashion retailers for allegedly copying iconic boots

The maker of Dr. Martens is suing Boohoo, Nasty Gal and PrettyLittleThing for allegedly copying its iconic boots.Representatives for AirWair International Ltd. have launched legal action against the three fast-fashion retailers, claiming that the compa…

The maker of Dr. Martens is suing Boohoo, Nasty Gal and PrettyLittleThing for allegedly copying its iconic boots.

Representatives for AirWair International Ltd. have launched legal action against the three fast-fashion retailers, claiming that the companies had repeatedly infringed on copyrights “over the course of three years”, according to editors at Footwear News.

The London-based company filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against BooHoo Group Inc., Nasty Gal Ltd. and PrettyLittleThing.com Ltd. for trademark infringement and unfair competition earlier this month.

The battle is over the designs of several of Dr. Martens’ shoes, including its signature 1460 boots, and one new style.

The 1460 is one of the brand’s most recognisable designs, and features a grooved edges sole, yellow stitching, and a black fabric heel loop.

Lawyers for AirWair have accused designers at Boohoo, Nasty Gal and PrettyLittleThing of copying their styles since 2016, and a year later, sent cease-and-desist letters to all three retailers.

In the lawsuit, the firm also accused PrettyLittleThing of breaching a previous confidential settlement by continuing to sell their replica boots.

AirWair bosses are seeking a whopping $1 million (£799,000) in damages per every alleged counterfeit product offered for sale, and has also demanded a jury trial in the U.S.

They described the trio’s actions as an “exceptional case” of infringement “because (the) defendants knowingly and intentionally used the Dr. Martens trade dress and intentionally sold copy footwear with the intent to confuse consumers.”

“Unless restrained and enjoined, (the) defendants will continue to engage in the acts complained of and irreparably damage AirWair,” they added.

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Ciara teases possible shoe collection after meeting with Gianvito Rossi

Ciara has teased a possible shoe collection after receiving advice from Gianvito Rossi.The Goodies hitmaker was recently bestowed with the Style Icon Award at the 2019 ACE Awards, and in a new chat, has hinted at a future collaboration with the women’s…

Ciara has teased a possible shoe collection after receiving advice from Gianvito Rossi.

The Goodies hitmaker was recently bestowed with the Style Icon Award at the 2019 ACE Awards, and in a new chat, has hinted at a future collaboration with the women’s shoe designer, who is the son of revered Italian footwear master, Sergio Rossi.

Ciara commented that she had met with Gianvito for breakfast, and the pair have been in touch over the past few months.

“It was a sweet morning,” she recalled to Footwear News. “We’ve both been getting to know each other more and I’m a huge fan of his work. It was really fun to talk, and he showed me his next collection.”

The mother-of-two officially graduated from Harvard University’s prestigious four-day intensive Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports course earlier this month, and is looking to evolve her style through her own line in the future.

“You have to know who you are when it comes to fashion and expressing yourself as an artist because that’s a huge part how people remember you,” the 33-year-old insisted. “You want there to be a visual when they think of you.”

And the singer has plans to conquer the fashion world, following in the footsteps of Rihanna and her hugely successful Fenty range.

“I have plans to do a lot in the fashion space. It’s all about timing, but I have been taking meetings, getting mood boards together. When the time is right things will roll out. I can’t wait to get my feet wet and start expressing myself through clothing and fashion,” she explained.

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Rosanna Arquette still can’t walk in high heels

Rosanna Arquette has ditched high heels for good.The 59-year-old actress revealed her style choice at the Women In Film Gala in Beverly Hills earlier this week, where she wore a white tuxedo jacket and silver sequinned trousers with silver round-toe fl…

Rosanna Arquette has ditched high heels for good.

The 59-year-old actress revealed her style choice at the Women In Film Gala in Beverly Hills earlier this week, where she wore a white tuxedo jacket and silver sequinned trousers with silver round-toe flats.

“I’m in flats because my feet hurt,” Arquette told Footwear News on the red carpet. “I’m getting too old. Why am I punishing myself? Who is it really for? It’s not for me, so I decided to be comfortable.”

However, comfort isn’t the sole reason the Desperately Seeking Susan star is favouring flats.

“I don’t know how to walk in heels still; I’m the worst. I look like I’m dressing up and I’m three years old and I’m in my mom’s heels,” she joked.

The last time Arquette tried to walk in heels was a turn on the runway for the Heart Truth Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection in February, and she confessed it was “embarrassing.”

Another famous face joining the actress in wearing flats was Amy Poehler, who teamed a pair of white Nike sneakers with a black blazer and trousers.

The Parks and Recreation star was honoured with the Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award for nurturing the advancement of female collaborators, and other winners on the night included Issa Rae, who received the Emerging Entrepreneur Award, and Cathy Schulman, who was presented with The Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment.

Another honouree was Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, who received the Max Mara Face of the Future Award at the annual gala, which recognises the entrepreneurial achievements of women in the movie industry.

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