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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.
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.”