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.”
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye