Alejandro Ingelmo is already excited for June, and not just for the warm weather. The footwear designer (at right) was recently nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as a contender for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, which spotlights emerging talent. “I am so excited and honored to be nominated for this award by people I respect within the industry,” he told Insider. “The CFDA is an amazing organization, and I look forward to June 15.” Other footwear peeps given nods were Marc Jacobs (who got engaged last week), Vera Wang, and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez, vying for Accessory Designer of the Year. Edward Nardoza, editor in chief of Women’s Wear Daily, FN’s sister publication, will also be on hand to accept the Eleanor Lambert Award. Also hotly debated: Will the First Lady make a guest appearance? It’s possible. The ever-chic Michelle Obama is being honored with a special tribute by the board of directors for her fashion eye and her willingness to give support to emerging designers.
Runners logging their miles for the April 20 Boston Marathon are numerous in Newton, Mass., this time of year. But runners in the suburban town have long complained that at the very moment they are most in need of a bathroom break, all that beckons are the trees and bushes of private homes. (Area residents, it should be noted, have the same complaint.) Lexington, Mass.-based Saucony tried to please both factions last week: The running brand erected a new port-a-potty, conspicuously branded with the company’s “We Know Because We Run” slogan, along the way (below, left). The new addition was inaugurated March 18, and will stay in service through April 13, one week before the race. Sharon Barbano, Saucony’s VP of public relations, athletes and events, said she had no idea how many runners might take advantage of the new plumbing, but that the next few weeks traditionally bring in busloads of out-of-town participants eager to try the course out before the big day — and they can number in the thousands. Fittingly, Barbano said, the only place the brand could get a permit to erect the new loo was on an access road just behind the statue of Boston Marathon legend John Kelley. “I’m sure he would be proud to know that 100 feet behind him a port-a-john is there to take care of the runners,” Barbano said.
Miley Hearts Giuseppe
Looks like Miley Cyrus has expensive tastes. In the trailer for her new movie, the tween queen dukes it out with Tyra Banks (give Miley credit for bravery) for nautical striped peep-toes from Giuseppe Zanotti’s spring ’08 collection. And it looks like the haute heels (at left) are a catalyst for some major, plot-driving soul searching for the titular heroine. According to Zanotti, the production reached out to him because Cyrus had specifically requested his styles. The designer told Insider that while he hadn’t seen an advance copy of the movie yet, he had seen the trailer. “The scene is so much fun,” he said. “To be honest, it’s the first time I saw two beautiful ladies fighting over my shoes. I was touched by it.” Want to see the heels fight in action? “Hannah Montana: The Movie” hits theaters April 15. Admire the shoes? A Zanotti rep told Insider the brand is considering bringing the style back, thanks to Ms. Montana.
Insider hears that veteran designer Ernesto Esposito has big plans to revive Bruno Magli. “We are remaking everything to add excitement to the line,” said the Via Spiga alum, who was recently named creative director of the label. “We expect to make a very strong comeback in the U.S. within the next six months,” Esposito revealed. He is currently working on his designs for spring ’10. Stay tuned.