>> EYE CANDY
Something sweet has set up shop in On Pedder. The Hong Kong-based shoe boutique has welcomed New York transplant Dylan’s Candy Bar into a pop-up space through May 13. Inspired by Dylan’s New York flagship, the interior incorporates many similar design motifs and, of course, offers Dylan’s exclusive product. “There is a lot of ‘luxury’ chocolate in Hong Kong, but it’s unique to have an offering as eclectic and affordable as Dylan’s Candy,” said On Pedder CEO Peter Harris. “A number of requests have been raised by local landlords on how Dylan’s can be brought into their malls on a permanent basis.” Candy Bar founder and fashion scion Dylan Lauren (daughter of Ralph) loves On Pedder, too. “We look to partner with brands that are hip, fashionable and in touch with their inner child,” she said. “On Pedder fits into that category.” All sales for the pop-up will benefit the Children’s Cancer Foundation of Hong Kong. Meghan Cass
>> BUS BOUTIQUE
In the spirit of preserving emerging fashion talent, local New York designers are coming together in an unexpected new venue at Port Authority Bus Terminal. Save Fashion, a rotating pop-up retail concept created by style site Refinery29.com, is showcasing 10 to 15 different designers each week at steep discounts through the month of May. Blank SL8, a newly created 2,500-sq.-ft. art space, will house the sale, and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District and the Times Square Alliance are picking up the tab for the rent. “Save Fashion is a wonderful kickoff to the space that has so much value, not only in helping local talent from fashion and the arts but also in helping us to continue rebranding Eighth Avenue as a major retail area and attraction,” said Barbara Randall, executive director of Fashion Center BID. “We encourage all New Yorkers and visitors to come to the Fashion District and check out this wonderful expression of talent.” Stop by soon to scoop up shoes from designers including Charlotte Ronson, Rachel Comey and Alejandro Ingelmo, among others. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Erin Bascom
>> FIRST FASHION
Women worldwide have had their eyes trained on Michelle Obama’s style-setting wardrobe even before she donned an Isabel Toledo number at the inauguration. Since then, much ink has been spilled chronicling the first lady’s sartorial choices, and it was only a matter of time before someone wrote a book on the subject. Mandi Norwood, a veteran editor of several women’s magazines, has penned the first tome devoted to Obama’s wardrobe, “Michelle Style.” In addition to chapters on her love of bold colors (purple, crimson, orange) and mass-market brands (J.Crew), there are numerous fantasy fashion sketches by the likes of Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger depicting their ideal designs for Obama. But 100 days in, the first lady is just beginning to let her shoe persona shine through. “Although she has taken some admirable risks on her choice of outfits, she’s remained very conservative in her footwear,” Norwood told Footwear News. “She could afford to be a little braver while staying true to her need for comfort and mobility.” The author named Sigerson Morrison, Cole Haan and Brian Atwood as potential picks. “Michelle Style” is published by Harper Collins imprint William Morrow and will retail for $20. M.C.
>> PLATFORM POWER
The playful platform shoes of today may seem like modern inventions, but the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., is exposing the centuries-old style with “The Heights of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now.” Fine Arts Director Charles Mo combed through the Mint’s archive of 1,000 pairs to select 60 of the most unusual, historical and provocative shoes. The earliest examples come from Asia: Pedestal shoes, lacquered geta and okobos from the geisha culture were the first incarnations. “In the 1930s, the shoes were not as extreme,” said Mo. “Salvatore Ferragamo started with a wedge heel, and the sole platform was only about a quarter of an inch. But there is an extreme example from the early 1930s with a 4-inch platform sole and a 10-and-a-half-inch heel — that was probably a fetish shoe.” The exhibition also has a section devoted to gothic-inspired styles from the 1990s and of-the-moment offerings from labels such as Ruthie Davis and Candie’s. “It’s just so nice to have the shoes out of the closet where people can see and enjoy them,” said Mo. “The Heights of Fashion” runs through May 30, 2010. M.C.