Michael Lewis Takes on Major Design Roles

LONDON — Michael Lewis is quickly becoming a favorite among the runway set.

In the past several months, the designer has been tapped to create women’s shoes for Tom Ford and men’s shoes for Versace.

Lewis, who flew to New York for the unveiling of Tom Ford’s first women’s collection on Sunday, said he was excited to be part of the team. “Tom Ford knows his footwear and he’s brilliant at what he does,” said Lewis, who first worked with Ford at Gucci.

Meanwhile, Versace brought Lewis on board to design its men’s shoes, which will debut on the runway in January.

“[Michael’s] vision and creativity is enthusiastic and boundless,” said Martyn Bal, Versace’s creative director, who worked with Lewis at Burberry. “His aesthetic and dynamic fits well with the Versace legacy, which has a great sense of humor. It revolves around classics, hardware and color.”

Lewis graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins in 1996. He has designed shoes for a number of top ready-to-wear companies in the past, including Cacharel, and worked with Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, where he was employed from 2001 to 2006.

Lewis launched his eponymous women’s line in 2009 and has been the recipient of the U.K.’s New Gen award for emerging talent for the past three seasons.

The Michael Lewis collection is sold in 20 stores internationally, including En Avance in Miami and Harvey Nichols in London.

The spring ’11 collection will be unveiled Oct. 1-4 at the Premiere Classe trade show in Paris, where it is a first-time exhibitor.

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