“I’ve always wanted to dress women from head to toe,” said Monique Lhuillier. Between her bridal and ready-to-wear collections, not to mention stationery, tabletop and fragrance lines, she’s had it covered — minus one crucial part.
Now, for spring, Lhuillier is launching her first shoe collection with a capsule of about 15 styles that will expand into a full line for fall 2013. It will include day, evening and bridal styles, and is done through a license with Ask Alice LLC, a New York-based company run by Sebastian Marzaro, who has previously worked as president and chief executive officer of Rossimoda, Bally North America and Casadei USA.
The Italian-produced shoes, to retail between $595 and $1,195, feature exotic skins and lace, for which Lhuillier is known. “I wanted them to be sexy, feminine and glamorous,” said the designer, who will stock the collection at her own stores, including the first in New York, which is set to open in September. Other retail partners are yet to be confirmed.
Although Lhuillier, who launched her business 16 years ago, has designed footwear for her runway shows for the last three years, they’ve never been produced. As she said, “What I learned about the shoe business and the shoe process is that it takes a lot longer than making a soft garment.”