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Talent is always in demand. These top shoe designers create collections for fashion’s biggest labels as well as their own lines. Here’s how they juggle both.
This story first appeared in the August 4, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Lines: Brian Atwood ($500 to $5,000, at Net-a-porter.com); Bally ($300 to $950, at Bally stores worldwide).
Celebrity Sightings: Demi Moore, Fergie, Anne Hathaway, Eva Mendes, Kelly Ripa, Madonna.
In Her Words: “There is, of course, a lot of balancing of time and back-and-forth, but I never like to be in the same place too long, so it keeps the inspiration flowing.”
Lines: Jonathan Kelsey ($550 to $1,500, at Jeffrey, New York, 212.206.1272); Jonathan Kelsey for Mulberry ($550 to $1,500, at Mulberry stores worldwide); Emilio Pucci ($350 to $1,500, at Emilio Pucci stores worldwide).
Celebrity Sightings: Amy Winehouse, Debra Messing, Kate Bosworth, Natalia Vodianova.
In Her Words: “Creatively, I think it’s actually preferable to work with different people and companies at the same time. It often entails thinking outside my comfort zone.”
Lines: Claudia Ciuti ($299 to $450, at Claudia Ciuti, New York, 212.535.3025); Badgley Mischka Couture ($500 to $650, at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, 212.753.4000).
Celebrity Sightings: Ivanka Trump, Vanessa Williams, Jodie Foster.
In Her Words: “Designing multiple lines is always fun. It mainly involves giving different personalities to the various brands and fashion concepts.”
Lines: Georgina Goodman ($240, at The Shoe Box, New York, 212.877.2846); Alexander McQueen ($700 to $1,800, at Alexander McQueen, New York, 212.645.1797); Casadei ($250 to $1,000, at Zappos.com).
Celebrity Sightings: Thandie Newton, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Mischa Barton, Keira Knightley.
In Her Words: “I love it. It gives me the opportunity to express myself in totally new and different arenas. I also learn a lot by working with bigger and differing businesses.”