FOOTWEAR ROYALTY: Tommy Hilfiger and Vince Camuto, who have been friends for 30 years, threw a dinner party on Tuesday at Sant Ambroeus on Madison Avenue to celebrate the publication of Camuto’s coffee-table book, “Life of Style,” published by Assouline. Guests included Andrew Rosen, Reed Krakoff, Marigay McKee, Liz Rodbell, Muriel Gonzalez, Veronica Chou, Jamie Tisch, Jonathan Simkhai, Timo Weiland, Katie Ermilio, Ryan Lobo, Ramon Martin and Paul Andrew.
McKee had been hobnobbing with the Duchess of Cambridge. “I had lunch with her at the [British] Consulate General’s house. It was just 12 Brits. She asked me what she should wear to the basketball game, and I told her jeans and a blazer,” she said. The Saks Fifth Avenue president also attended a reception with Prince William and the duchess on Tuesday afternoon at the NeueHouse.
In toasting Camuto, Hilfiger told the crowd, “It’s very rare for someone to have two acts.” He spoke about Camuto’s enormous success with Nine West, which he sold. “He then started another company, and it’s even a bigger success. Who does that?” Hilfiger called Camuto a leader in the “world of shoes,” and now he’s a leader in fashion, accessories, men’s wear, sportswear and fragrances. Camuto said the book “was a labor of love.” It started when his wife, Louise, started putting together pictures of what he’s accomplished in his life. Deciding on the cover took two months.
“Everything is possible in life….It’s all about passion in the end. You’re not going to live forever…What’s important is the friendships you make and the passions you have and you do what you love. If you don’t love what you’re doing, get out,” he said.