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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Manolo Blahnik splits from longtime U.S. partners

Manolo Blahnik has parted ways with his U.S. partners after a 37-year business relationship.The Spanish footwear and accessories designer, whose stilettos became famous around the world when they were featured in episodes of TV show Sex and the City, h…

Manolo Blahnik has parted ways with his U.S. partners after a 37-year business relationship.

The Spanish footwear and accessories designer, whose stilettos became famous around the world when they were featured in episodes of TV show Sex and the City, has worked alongside George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik USA, and Anthony Yurgaitis, for nearly four decades.

However, on Monday (08Apr19), Malkemus and Yurgaitis announced that they had decided not to renew their license to sell Blahnik’s designs across America.

“After meeting with Kristina Hulsebus Blahnik, Mr. Blahnik’s niece, who, along with her in-house counsel and financial adviser, offered unacceptable terms, George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, on behalf of Manolo Blahnik USA (MBUSA), have chosen not to renew their license agreement of 37 years,” they said in a statement issued to WWD.

Malkemus and Yurgaitis’ licensing deal runs until December. The duo did not disclose why they had differences with Hulsebus Blahnik, who took over as chief executive officer at the London-based brand in 2013, though indicated that the choice to split was not “hinged by a financial disagreement”.

Representatives from Blahnik’s office in the U.K. have not yet commented on the news. It remains unclear what will happen to the licensing deal, and Blahnik stockists across the U.S., including high-end department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Malkemus and Yurgaitis also oversee a Blahnik boutique in Manhattan.

Previously, Blahnik described his relationship with Malkemus as solid, and praised the executive’s knack for making savvy business decisions.

“It’s a balance thing for us,” the 76-year-old told Footwear News in 2009. “George is a very good businessman. He’s patient. I am not. When it comes to money and things like that, I’m totally innocent. I don’t want to know. It’s always been my strength not to be involved in the business end. George is very constant. You can count on him.”

In addition to working for Blahnik, Malkemus co-founded Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP Collection in 2013.

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Jamie Chung caters to busy working women with new Chinese Laundry shoe line

Actress and TV personality Jamie Chung is celebrating busy modern day women with an affordable new shoe line. The 35 year old recently unveiled the practical footwear collection 42 Gold, her collaboration with Chinese Laundry, and reveals she wanted t…

Actress and TV personality Jamie Chung is celebrating busy modern day women with an affordable new shoe line.

The 35 year old recently unveiled the practical footwear collection 42 Gold, her collaboration with Chinese Laundry, and reveals she wanted to offer items that would appeal to multi-taskers just like her.

“Footwear is a really personal thing,” she tells Footwear News. “42 Gold is elevated. It’s for the working woman, the woman who does it all, the multitasker, the mom, the business owner.”

“It fits with the modern-day woman. It felt right.”

For Chung, teaming up with bosses at Chinese Laundry was a smooth process, as her input and ideas were valued.

“The team knows what they are doing,” she tells the publication. “It was great to see the mood boards, the line sheets. I had my input of what styles I liked and what worked for me and what my fans would like.”

Chung aimed to develop items that buyers could wear all year round, which didn’t simply follow trends.

“I am running around in flats, and when I’m travelling, I like to take a pair of heels, flats and a sandal,” she says. “It really is a brand you can wear all year round. I can wear these heels all day.”

The new collection, which retails for under $250 (£190), drops a month after Jamie was unveiled as the new face of handbag label Hammit, a venture that allows her to celebrate her passion for fashion.

The Sin City: A Dame to Kill For stars adds, “Fashion is always something I gravitated toward and I had so much fun with, so being able to turn that into a business is great.”

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Tabitha Simmons used to go clubbing wearing ice skates

Tabitha Simmons used to wear ice skates to go clubbing with Anna Wintour and Karen Elson.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief shared Tabitha’s unusual footwear choice as she presented her with the award for Designer of the Year at the Footwear News Achieveme…

Tabitha Simmons used to wear ice skates to go clubbing with Anna Wintour and Karen Elson.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief shared Tabitha’s unusual footwear choice as she presented her with the award for Designer of the Year at the Footwear News Achievement Awards (FNAAs) on Tuesday (04Dec18), which took place at the IAC Building in New York.

And Anna believed the accolade was inevitable given Tabitha’s bold approach to evening shoes.

“Years ago, Tabitha and (model and singer-songwriter) Karen Elson shared an apartment in New York — and like most young women in the city, they liked to go out,” the 69-year-old began. “Tabitha would then dance all night at various Manhattan clubs. She danced in a pair of ragged white Victorian ice skates. She wore them like a pair of comfortable and practical biker boots — never batting an eyelid or complaining that her feet were hurting or even acknowledging that she was on ice skates. She only gave up on them when the blades finally offed.”

Anna added that considering her statement footwear, it’s “no surprise that Tabitha became an extraordinary shoe designer”.

The British footwear mogul has had a busy year, having launched collaborations with Brock Collection and Johanna Ortiz, and also welcomed her first child with husband Robert Livingston Mortimer, daughter Violet Elizabeth, in January.

The couple then went on to get married in June.

Tabitha insisted she had “been wanting this award for so long” but in spite of her growing success, she still believes she has much to learn.

“I’m still a baby in the shoe industry, getting my identity,” she explained. “I want to be able to say (to the customer): ‘This is our shoe, and this is how it feels.'”

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Jessica Simpson still wears boots and shirts from her teen years

Jessica Simpson still wears boots and shirts she purchased as a teenager.The singer has been focused on expanding her Jessica Simpson Collection of fashion and accessories in recent years, with the brand developing into a billion-dollar retail empire. …

Jessica Simpson still wears boots and shirts she purchased as a teenager.

The singer has been focused on expanding her Jessica Simpson Collection of fashion and accessories in recent years, with the brand developing into a billion-dollar retail empire.

While Jessica has to keep at the forefront of trends when designing for her company, she remains adamant that classic pieces never go out of style.

“My preferences have always remained the same: classic, all-American and effortless,” she told Footwear News. “I still wear some of the same cowboy boots and flannel denim shirts that I have worn since I was a teenager. I believe great pieces stand the test of time and get better with age.”

Jessica went on to explain that she looks to offer women a variety of clothes and accessories that make them feel “uniquely beautiful”. In addition to her current ranges, she is also looking to delve into the beauty market further.

“We’re getting ready to launch colour cosmetics and a new fragrance, which is super-exciting because I love make-up,” the 38-year-old divulged.

During the chat, Jessica also shared that she is again wearing the maternity outfits she designed for her brand during her pregnancies with her daughter Maxwell, six, and son Ace, five.

Last month, the blonde beauty and her husband Eric Johnson announced that they are expecting their third child, a girl.

“I am very creatively inspired right now,” she smiled. “My most important project is always though being a mom and a wife. My kids are five and six now, and being their mom and Eric’s wife are the best parts of my life. And my most current project, of course, is growing the baby in my belly. We can’t wait to meet her.”

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Manolo Blahnik launching men’s accessories line

Manolo Blahnik is launching a line of men’s accessories.The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr. But Manolo is now moving in…

Manolo Blahnik is launching a line of men’s accessories.

The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr.

But Manolo is now moving into the men’s market, and after opening his first dedicated men’s store in London’s Burlington Arcade in July (18), he has announced that he is making an accessories range too.

“I think there’s a niche group of people out there that still love beautifully executed things, fabrics, colours,” he told The Telegraph. “I love accessories, which is why I wanted to make them for myself. I sent some crocodile fingerless gloves to Karl Lagerfeld too.”

The collection includes standard and fingerless gloves made from colourful leather or cowhide, pocket squares and scarves.

Made from silk, the squares feature bold patterns and the designer’s initials.

“It’s a small selection, and very specific,” Kristina Blahnik, chief executive officer of Manolo Blahnik, explained to Footwear News. “It’s about creating solid foundations and building layers on top – a sprinkling of newness underpinning the classics.”

Regarding the capsule, Kristina recalled how Manolo simply yelled out the word “accessories” while working on his men’s shoe collection in his studio one day – and the range quickly came together soon after.

And she is adamant that even the most conservative of men are beginning to become more experimental when it comes to outfits.

“Men’s fashion is getting much more explorative, colourful and expressive,” she added.

The Manolo Blahnik men’s accessories line will be sold online and at the brand’s flagship boutique.

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Tabitha Simmons doesn’t care whether her brand is ‘established’

Tabitha Simmons has insisted that she never wonders whether her brand is “established”.The British shoe designer entered the fashion industry as a model before becoming a stylist, and is also a contributing editor at American Vogue, in addition to styl…

Tabitha Simmons has insisted that she never wonders whether her brand is “established”.

The British shoe designer entered the fashion industry as a model before becoming a stylist, and is also a contributing editor at American Vogue, in addition to styling Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda line.

Though her own shoe label will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, Simmons is adamant that its respective status amongst other fashion brands is of little importance.

“When you are in the trenches you are always thinking, ‘How can I move this forward.’ You are never thinking if you are an emerging brand or an established brand, you are thinking about what problems you are going to solve,” she explained in an interview with Forbes. “You live to fight another day, and you love it. It’s your passion.”

Simmons has grown a loyal clientele thanks to her unique and attention-grabbing designs, adding that her desire to create new footwear sometimes meant she would “create an entire collection and then scrap it”.

Another attractive aspect of her eponymous shoe line is the reasonable price of the products and she previously admitted that she regrets setting such a high price point when she first launched the brand in New York in 2009.

“In hindsight, I would be more mindful about the entry price point of the line when I launched the brand, as ours were priced completely out of the market,” she mused in an interview with Footwear News.

And despite her success, Simmons still abides by one motto, in particular, to keep herself motivated in the workplace.

“There are always going to be daily challenges; however, I’ve learned to roll with the punches. As the saying goes, ‘When you fall off your horse, the only thing to do is to get right back on,'” she laughed.

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