It's a big moment for footwear designer Jonathan Kelsey, who's spent most of his career working behind the scenes, most recently as an in-house designer for Jimmy Choo, but also for Gina, Cacharel, Giles and Russian designer Igor Chapurin.
For fall, Kelsey will make his debut for Mulberry, just one year after unveiling his namesake collection.
Kelsey has drawn up five styles for the brand — a riding boot, an ankle boot, a shoe boot, a pump and a flat shoe — all of which will bow Feb. 14 during the Mulberry presentations.
"We love Jonathan's styles and he's a good fit for the brand. The models are based on his lasts — and have been adapted to Mulberry using the colors of the season," said Lisa Montague, Mulberry's chief operating officer, pointing to a palette of lilac, fuchsia, gunmetal, coffee and black.
The Kelsey-Mulberry venture is for two seasons, although Montague said she already has further plans in mind for the English designer, who got to know Mulberry through his first cousin Stuart Vevers, Mulberry's design director.
Kelsey's footwear is made in Italy and has a retro feel. His signature is a chestnut brown, vegetable-dyed sole. He's also known for his cone heels, thick wooden soles and strong, architectural toe shapes, which he describes as resembling the bow of a cruise ship.
"I wanted to develop a style that wasn't sexy and sparkly — but wasn't vintage either," said Kelsey from his tiny, split-level studio in London's Primrose Hill. "I wanted it modern, sexy, cool and intelligent."
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