FETING THE ITALIAN SHOE BIZ
NEW YORK — It was footwear Italian-style at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here when the Italian Trade Commission staged the Michelangelo Shoe Awards.
The third annual edition of the event, held Feb. 7, was attended by 670 footwear retailers and Italian shoe manufacturers. Todd Oldham received the fashion designer award; David and Jeanine Jassem, co-owners of David’s Shoe Salon in Beverly Hills, the retailer award, and actor Ron Silver was given the celebrity award.
“This comes as a great honor, particularly for someone who’s been fascinated with shoes for as far back as I can remember,” Oldham said. “I remember when my mother used to get ready to go out, and she would always say, ‘The shoes are what make you look glamorous.”‘
Oldham’s footwear line is manufactured under license by Lerre, a firm based in Naples. Actor Tony Randall served as the master of ceremonies for the presentation, which also featured a fashion show based on scenes from well-known Italian movies. The program was followed by a dinner in the Temple of Dendur.