Christian Louboutin loved working with ‘very specific’ Blake Lively for 2018 Met Gala

Christian Louboutin loved working with Blake Lively in the lead-up to the 2018 Met Gala despite her “very specific” requests.In a new interview with Footwear News, the Frenchman opened up about his favourite moments from the prestigious annual fashion …

Christian Louboutin loved working with Blake Lively in the lead-up to the 2018 Met Gala despite her “very specific” requests.

In a new interview with Footwear News, the Frenchman opened up about his favourite moments from the prestigious annual fashion event, and said that the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination-themed bash was at the top of his list.

Louboutin worked with the Gossip Girl star, and his longtime friend, as he created footwear to tie in with her show-stopping ornate gold and burgundy Atelier Versace gown.

He even accompanied Blake on the red carpet as her date for the evening, and told the publication that he thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the big night.

“It was a very fun preparation. Blake was really into it,” he recalled. “The dress was really big, so the whole preparation was a lot of fun.”

Louboutin designed two pairs of heeled pumps, with one decorated with passementerie, an intricate style of elaborate trim work, which he created to the actress’s exact requirements.

“(It was) a peep-toe sandal with three layers of different, successive layers of small platforms, which I adorned in a different way every time,” the 57-year-old explained. “(They were) exactly she wanted. She’s very specific. At the end, she was really incredible.”

He also designed Rihanna’s glittering pumps for that year’s Met Gala, which the Umbrella hitmaker teamed with her infamous papal-inspired outfit by Maison Margiela.

“There was so much effort, especially that year, and it was linked to something that I like,” he added. “It was a vision of a very baroque idea of religion… really extravagant in a religious way, which you barely see in reality. It was something out of an incredible movie.”

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Versace and Giorgio Armani cancel cruise shows over coronavirus fears

Versace and Giorgio Armani have cancelled their upcoming cruise shows amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.The Italian fashion houses have become the latest additions to a growing list of luxury brands that have decided to scrap their 2021 shows …

Versace and Giorgio Armani have cancelled their upcoming cruise shows amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.

The Italian fashion houses have become the latest additions to a growing list of luxury brands that have decided to scrap their 2021 shows as the epidemic spreads around the globe.

In a statement, officials from Versace, headed by creative director Donatella Versace, announced that they would be postponing their show, which was scheduled for 16 May at an unknown location in the U.S.

The decision follows “restrictive measures relating to international mobility”, a spokesperson for the Milan-based fashion house stated, and added that “Versace is aware of the need to give priority to the health and safety of its guests and employees”.

Three states in the U.S. have declared a state of emergency in response to the growing epidemic, with more than 230 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths reported from across the country.

Armani has also made the decision to postpone its 2021 cruise show in Dubai in April. It was due to coincide with the reopening of its boutique in the Dubai Mall, according to editors at Footwear News.

The Armani store opening will now be held in November, but the cruise show has not yet been rescheduled.

The decision comes hot on the heels of the designer staging his Milan Fashion Week fall/winter 2020 presentation behind closed doors over coronavirus fears.

Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Prada have also sent the fashion calendar into disarray by cancelling their upcoming shows in light of the widespread epidemic, which has infected more than 100,000 people and killed over 3,400 across the globe.

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Amber Valetta urges shoppers to stop buying brand-new clothes

Amber Valletta has urged shoppers to stop buying brand-new clothes in a bid to help save the environment.The American model is pushing for much more sustainability in the fashion industry, and in an interview with Footwear News, said that she is reduci…

Amber Valletta has urged shoppers to stop buying brand-new clothes in a bid to help save the environment.

The American model is pushing for much more sustainability in the fashion industry, and in an interview with Footwear News, said that she is reducing her carbon footprint by buying vintage.

“Things have value. Slow down. We don’t have to buy just because we have the urge to buy,” Amber explained, adding that she “hates” shopping.

The 46-year-old, who regularly takes part in Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Fridays climate change protests, went on to urge more leading figures, especially women, to promote eco-friendly fashion.

“Fashion affects everybody. We all have to get dressed, and one out of six people on the planet work in the garment industry in some capacity. It’s mostly women. And we know that women, one, push the economy, two, hold the money, and three, spend it,” she commented. “Fashion has an incredible opportunity to become a 21st-century industry that can really prove to the rest (of the world) how to do things properly.”

And Amber also wants to use her platform to inspire people to solve the industry’s huge environmental impact.

“We have so much potential. This is why I put my focus here, otherwise, I’d just stop focusing on fashion and go focus on environmental activism, but I actually think we can be the biggest change agents,” the star added, noting that her top tips for reducing her fashion footprint include buying quality designer pieces that have longevity and fixing broken items.

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Swae Lee confused Giuseppe Zanotti with floral sneakers for new collection

Swae Lee confused Giuseppe Zanotti when he pitched floral sneaker designs for their new collaboration.The limited-edition collection, which was announced in January, features sneakers with embroidered floral motifs, sleek glittery block heel boots, and…

Swae Lee confused Giuseppe Zanotti when he pitched floral sneaker designs for their new collaboration.

The limited-edition collection, which was announced in January, features sneakers with embroidered floral motifs, sleek glittery block heel boots, and pink suede loafers.

But when the Sunflower hitmaker first pitched his ideas to the Italian footwear designer, Giuseppe was baffled about his plans to create a more feminine collection.

“He asked me to do flowers. Usually the rule with flowers is that they are more feminine. It’s very strange for a sneaker. He also asked us to do a pale blue boot with a pink rose. I was confused,” the 62-year-old told Footwear News.

However, he welcomed the refreshing approach to men’s footwear and believes the collection is more unisex.

“But in this moment in time, there’s no more gender. There’s no sneaker for men or women. It’s the same. This collection is feminine but masculine in a different way. Welcome to the present,” he explained.

Swae, who forms one half of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd with his brother Slim Jxmmi, said he doesn’t mind being criticised for his flamboyant style, because he’s happy to push boundaries and inspire others to embrace their own unique looks.

“A lot of (rappers) are f**king scared to wear s**t. They want to think the old ways and put a limit on that s**t,” Swae stated. “I’m not scared to be different.”

The Giuseppe for Swae Lee collection, priced from $995 to $1,695 (£760 – £1,295), is available now.

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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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