FANCY FEET: The first Louis Leeman collection was inspired by Istanbul and the opulence of the Ottoman Topkapi palace, so it was fitting that Leeman, who hitherto has only produced men's collections, took that same inspiration and applied it to his first collection for women, called Miss Leeman.It was just as lavish, ornate and fastidiously finished as the now-established men's line, which launched in 2012 and prompted many a fan and retailer to ask Leeman to make the foray into women's shoes."Mary Katrantzou is a dear friend and she said that we should do something together but we only did men's, so we decided that she should do a women's collaboration with her, and that was really the start of Miss Leeman," said Erica Pelosini, Leeman's wife and fellow creative director, adding that the Katrantzou collaboration was shown on the runway two days earlier.Strappy sandals were the stars, with standout styles including the Erica, a petrol blue velvet sandal with a wide ankle strap, featuring rows of pearl studs (a Louis Leeman signature embellishment); a claret sandal with silk fringe around the ankle and braiding over the toes; a scalloped pair of fine black suede and nude mesh that tied at the ankle, and a pair in burgundy velvet with silk tassels suspended from ornate braid, a riff on the traditional Turkish carpet.There were some great ankle boot styles, like the blue suede pair with scalloped trim down the outside and big pearls that recalled Victorian button-up boots, and the suede lace-up shoe-boot with shearling trim.Flat loafers were also key. Ornate metallic embroidery covered one pair, while another had grape-sized pearls across the foot.The men's collection is sold at retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, and at the brand's own standalone stores, and while no retailers have been confirmed for the women's line, Leeman said that he'd had strong interest from a number of major stores.Prices start at 395 euros, or about $417 at current exchange, for loafers, to 695 euros for a pair of sandals, about $734, and roughly 1,400 euros, about $1,480, for a pair of intricately embroidered shoes.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“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)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion