Women’s Buzz: Jenni Kayne, Rocket Dog, Bass

Back Again

Hollywood, Calif.-based clothing designer Jenni Kayne is unveiling a full offering of footwear for spring ’11. The eight-style line, a progression from the capsule collections Kayne has done since 2006, includes d’Orsay flats, shaped wedges, unstructured pumps and slingbacks in leather, suede and embossed crocodile. The line is designed to complement the brand’s luxury ready-to-wear pieces and is priced between $350 and $595. It will retail at Shopbop.com, Curve, Confederacy and Jenni Kayne West Hollywood.

Leashing Out

California footwear company Rocket Dog is branching out from the juniors’ market with Unleashed, a trend-focused line targeting women ages 25 to 32. Launching for spring ’11, the collection by designer Lauretta Reiss includes about 20 styles of espadrilles, flats and wood-bottomed platforms (boots will be added for fall ’11). The line incorporates a variety of materials and embellishments, such as raffia, crochet knits, beading, ribbon ankle-ties and woven uppers. Prices range from $109 to $175 for spring, and $100 to $350 for fall. Unleashed will be sold at Tani in New York, Lori’s Shoes in Chicago and on Shopbop.com.

Vintage Feel

G.H. Bass & Co. is giving a nod to a younger generation this spring. The brand collaborated with indie designer Rachel Antonoff to give a more feminine touch to its signature penny loafers, saddle shoes and oxfords. To conceptualize the look, Antonoff and Bass women’s designer Anita Da Silva combed the brand’s archives from the 1950s, with the result being floral-print leather saddle shoes and perforated oxfords with cartoon-like bows. Traces of lace, patent leather, hearts and laser cutouts also soften the iconic Weejun style. Retailing from $50 to $70, the Bass Rachel Antonoff collection will be sold at retail stores worldwide.

Good Design

Vena Cava is back in the footwear game after working with Via Spiga in 2009. For spring ’11, designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai collaborated with Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham of the Los Angeles boutique Ten Over Six to create a selection of platforms with color-blocked details and natural finished leathers. Ten Over Six is handling production on the line, which takes inspiration from the Memphis design movement. Vena Cava will continue to work with Ten Over Six for fall ’11, and the shoes will retail for $200 to $420 at department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and independents including Opening Ceremony.

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