Ever since Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova snapped up Capezio slippers for herself and her entire company during their first U.S. tour in 1910, the leap from stage to runway to street has been swift for dance shoes: Consider the quintessential ballet flat, that essence of casual chic that enjoyed a fashion renaissance in the late Fifties (merci, Audrey Hepburn, and your skinny pants in Funny Face!). In more recent years, everyone from Lanvin to Nine West has sent forth variations on the slip-ons, from the former’s elastic-structured style to the suedeand feather-covered designs at London Sole.
It was inevitable, then, that another hot-stepper’s footwear of choice—the jazz shoe—would assume its place as a fashion muse, first in the Eighties (remember Fame?) and then in 2006, when Dior Homme put the delicate lace-ups on its models. Fast-forward to spring 2008, and the jazz shoe is most certainly getting its due. More sturdy than the ballet flat—some variations include a stacked heel, while the sneakerlike lace-up design offers ankle support—the jazz shoe possesses an androgynous quality, its rounded toe and cross-stitching lending the effect of a men’s dress shoe.
Repetto’s line, which launched in the Sixties, was inspired by ballerina Zizi Jeanmarie, who had married Rose Repetto’s son, Roland Petit (subsequently, Serge Gainsbourg reportedly wore only Repetto during the last part of his life). These days, “the shoes come in 18 different combinations of various colors and materials,” according to general manager Michael Flanagan. While Repetto long has been a favored producer of the style, there are a few unexpected names getting into the mix: Christian Louboutin, better known for sleek stilettos, has done up his design in sunburst yellow, while Max Kibardin has a festive bead-embossed look. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, the designers behind Rag & Bone, took a more classic approach, crafting a shoe that hews closely to the dancer’s prototype, while Jonathan Kelsey—the man behind the shoe lines for Mulberry and Emilio Pucci—did a sleek white one with a considerably pointed toe. As day-to-evening accessories go, these numbers give new meaning to the request: “Put your dancing shoes on.”
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge