Designer Jonathan Adler teams up with Blake Mycoskie of TOMS for a second whimsical collaboration of shoes—and helps print-loving ladies complete the look with the introduction of sunnies. As we excitedly step into spring, The Thread chats with the New York-based potter on this latest partnership.
Our Glendale, CA Nordstrom (at The Americana at Brand), got a surprise visit by teen queens — and now shoe designers — Jenner sisters Kendall, 18, and Kylie, 16. The ladies were in full stylish form for the unveiling of their shoe and handbag collaboration for Steve Madden’s Madden Girl line.
Since 2003, Rem D Koolhaas, Dutch architect and shoe engineer of United Nude, has been constructing innovative footwear that pushes technological boundaries and astounds the imagination. The Thread phoned Rem, who at the time was traveling through China, to learn more about his point of view on conceptual shoes.
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THE THREAD: What we love most about United Nude is that you design from a place that has no limits.
REM D KOOLHAAS: Yes, we’re designing footwear to push boundaries, to experiment… Yet as a brand we’ve grown up a lot and offer a broader lifestyle range of shoes. At the same time, we’re doing more wild collaborations, theaterlike footwear, let’s say, with people like British architect Zaha Hadid or Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. This kind of balance between experimentation and wearability is what really keeps us awake more than anything else.
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THE THREAD: Your theater footwear analogy is quite thought-provoking, especially thinking of some of your designs worn by characters like Lady Gaga.
REM: The good thing about celebrities is that they want to be seen. They are the most open to join the “theater of fashion,” which is basically where people wear something to really show off and make a statement. Most people in their day-to-day life don’t really want to wear things that are too adventurous, but then you have someone like Beyoncé , who recently sent us a request and desires a state-of-the-art shoe. We have continuous requests from the stylist of Lady Gaga to design shoes for her that complement her theatrical way to perform.
During Paris Fashion Week, The Thread stopped by the Pedro Garcia showroom, where we found our buying team hand-selecting the most essential shoes for spring.
The Art of Buying: When you’re in the business of buying shoes, you must be 10 steps ahead of the trends while also possessing an astute awareness of the styles, shapes and colors women will desire and want to wear. Our buyers get to the sole of the matter with the Pedro Garcia team.
Marilyn Monroe believed that if you “give a girl the right shoes, she can conquer the world.” But what if a girl didn’t know which shoes were right? This was precisely the predicament Gayle King and Adam Glassman faced in the February issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands now. The duo sought out Sarah Jessica Parker to give them the ABCs on her eagerly awaited namesake collection, touted as the market’s hybrid answer to affordable luxury. The lesson learned: Women rule when wearing SJP shoes!
Let’s Talk Shoes: A meeting of the minds at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, New York City.
“When I learned that Sarah Jessica was launching this shoe line, I thought, Why don’t we do a style adventure feature with Gayle, our editor-at-large, and myself, where the three of us walk through the SJP collection?,” says Adam, O‘s creative director since 2000. “I thought it would be fun to create an atmosphere where two girlfriends come together for a day of shopping, learning and trying on shoes.”
Adam went for a cozy tea-party setting and filled a sunny suite at Manhattan’s Crosby Street Hotel with decadent French pastries and cronuts (a fusion of a croissant and doughnut created by chef Dominique Ansel). “There’s this delicious quality and sensory feeling you get when touching a shoe, feeling a shoe, trying on a shoe and parading around in a new pair of shoes,” adds Adam, who also worked with Sarah Jessica on her first clothing venture, Bitten.
“Women have such an emotional connection when they’re buying shoes that I wanted the environment to tie in. Sarah Jessica and Gayle know each other, so there was a great comfort factor to begin with. Sarah Jessica has so much to say about fashion and so much to say about accessories, and Gayle is a shoe freak. I think on this shoot, in particular, Gayle honestly died and went to shoe heaven.”
Start the year on the right foot! Nothing says you’re resolved to leave a stylish imprint on 2014 more than rocking a superchic pair of heels crafted by British shoemaker Rupert Sanderson. The Thread phoned the London-based designer over the holidays to chat about why women are so mad about shoes, his celebrity shoe icons and how he maintains his clean aesthetic.
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I need, I want, I will slip on a pair of SJPs.
The countdown is on for the highly anticipated debut of SJP, a Nordstrom-exclusive collection of Italian-made shoes and other wardrobe essentials designed by actress and style icon Sarah Jessica Parker. Stay one step ahead on all news SJP and our new launches and exclusive offerings when you sign up for e-mails.
A message from Sarah Jessica Parker:
“At long last I am able to share the news of my coming shoe collection and my partnership with Nordstrom in a more official way. When I initially met with George Malkemus to discuss the idea of a shoe line, one of the first things I said to him was that Nordstrom was my dream retailer. And so it seems some dreams do come true,” says the actress and designer.
“This endeavor has been a long time coming, but now that the pieces have come together as they have, with Nordstrom, George and a collection I’m so very proud of, I believe it was worth the wait. I’m incredibly nervous about the launch but so thrilled to finally reveal more details of the collection in the coming weeks. And I’m so looking forward to meeting and actually seeing the shoes on Nordstrom customers as I travel to stores across the country. That will be, I think, the most thrilling moment of all.”
The SJP collection will be available online and in selected Nordstrom stores on February 28.
Get details on the collection and locations of personal appearances at SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker.