Not many people in fashion today can claim spending time with friends Andre Courrèges, Guy Laroche and Roman Polanski at Paris' trendy gym Le Samurai at the beginning of the fitness craze in 1979.But Jean-Michel Cazabat, a French-born shoe designer in business since 2000, can. And like the fitness movement, he has endured several incarnations.His latest collection, which is repositioned to its designer price point after some experiments in lower tiers and Chinese manufacturing, takes its cues from that magical era in fashion, France in the Sixties. The boot with an almond-shaped toe and chunky heel is a signature of the era and the collection. Cazabat imagined it in a croc-embossed "Saint Laurent" green velvet, a metallic brocade fabric and a plastic studded velvet with an amour effect. Shorter styles in colorblock suede recall Mondrian à la Yves Saint Laurent in the Sixties, while another style is adorned with a buckle across the toe inspired by a bracelet found recently at a Paris flea market that Cazabat purchased for his wife. Speaking of wives, the designer recalled Courrèges showing up to the gym in a "baby blue cosmonaut suit and his wife in a pink cosmonaut suit."[caption id="attachment_10783866" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Jean-Michel Cazabat[/caption]The collection is big on shine, a Cazabat hallmark, but not in crystal embellishment. Evening sandals were accented with ankle straps and T-straps in meshlike technical fabrics that add shimmer. One such evening style, a retro platform he calls "Disco Inferno," lives up to its name. Fishnet and cage details are also strong in the collection and perhaps evidence of an early trend emerging. Sexy suede booties with a cut-outs, a lace-up "combat" heel and an over-the-knee suede stiletto with fishnet insets — a style lent for Naomi Campbell on the latest Lee Daniels TV show, "Star" — made the point best.
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“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
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EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
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