TAKING A WALK?: If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it. That seems to be the case for London-based shoe designer Patrick Cox and Charles Jourdan. Sources in Europe said Cox, who joined the French footwear and accessories firm a year ago as its creative director and started revving up its image and profile, is resigning from the post after clashing with the house’s new owners over strategy. Jourdan was acquired last September by Luxembourg-based Lux Diversity SA from Switzerland’s Remer Holding AG. Cox, who also sells his own brand of footwear to about 500 doors, could not be reached for comment. But a spokesman for Jourdan said Tuesday it was business as usual at the firm, and that Cox would be held to his contract, which is believed to last until 2005.
MARY’S MOMENT: Considering the lack of fanfare that followed when Mary McFadden shut her signature studio in August 2002, the designer finally will get herself a proper tribute this summer, thanks to the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pa. With McFadden’s participation, the museum is planning a retrospective of the designer’s fashion, as well as her famous collection of historic textiles and jewelry culled from a lifetime of globe-trotting, scheduled to run June 20-Oct. 3.
While the location — in western Pennsylvania — might sound a bit offbeat, the museum is well recognized for its Kate Fowler Merle-Smith textile collection, a 30-year-old grouping of more than 5,000 textiles that span five continents over the course of 2,000 years, some of which will be incorporated into the McFadden show. The museum also plans a publication dedicated to McFadden’s career, written by the curator of its textiles collection, Ruta T. Saliklis, and will include contributions from McFadden and journalist Bernadine Morris.