NEW YORK — The runway shows might be in full swing, but accessories designers and houses have also been making statements about town.

It began with an event celebrating the launch of Eileen Shields shoes in the East Village at the Issue Project Room. Shields, who designed for Donna Karan and was instrumental in the launch of DKNY Footwear, also plans to open a store in her native Dublin in July, which will be a combination shoe store and art gallery. Shields served cosmos and chocolates to her guests as she offered wholesale prices to buyers and anyone else wanting to place an order. It was truly a family affair, as Shields’ husband, Mark Orange, a curator at the Spencer Brownstone Art Gallery, hung shoes art-gallery-style on the walls with red strings, and her brother Kevin Shields, who wrote the music for “Lost in Translation,” provided the tunes. Judging from the parade of little ones at the party (new mom Shields encouraged her guests with kids to bring them) perhaps a children’s line is not so far off.

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