That’s a Rap
Kanye West has achieved hip-hop mogul status in show business, but could he also be the next big shoe designer? Spy learned that the star, who has designed men’s sneakers with Louis Vuitton, has been dabbling in women’s stilettos with Giuseppe Zanotti. “Kanye is always here in my factory. In the last three years, he has come here maybe every month and worked with the employees 10 to 12 hours a day,” said Zanotti, who could be behind the footwear for West’s recently announced luxury women’s clothing collection at New York Fashion Week this September. “[Kanye] loves learning about shoes, both the design and construction, and we’ve tried to design something together,” said Zanotti. “In a couple of months, he could have his own special collection out.” But the Italian maestro stopped there and leaked no further details on the shoe design, other than to hint, “I always create shoes with a lot of sex appeal.”
Just because Ivanka Trump recently became mom to daughter Arabella Rose doesn’t mean she’s neglecting her other offspring: shoes. Kate Klobe from Marc Fisher Footwear said Trump stopped by the showroom recently to check up on her spring ’12 collection. “She’s involved in the whole process,” Klobe said of Trump’s hands-on approach. “It’s her inspiration to the very end.” And for Trump, the creative process often becomes a family affair. The businesswoman and designer often brings family and friends to the studio, asking them to weigh in on favorites. “We all enjoy working with her,” said Klobe. “She has great design sensibility and a fantastic sense [of style].”
Adrian Grenier always travels with an entourage. And on the actor’s hit HBO show (where he plays Vincent Chase), Grenier and his crew show how to step out in style. Costume designer Olivia Miles dished to Spy about which shoe styles cast members have been donning throughout the show’s eight-season run — the final season began airing last month — including everything from Frye harness boots to Nike Air Force Ones. “Vince dresses with effortless, casual cool [style], and his shoes reflect that,” Miles said. For Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven), the costume designer chose shoes from Domenico Vacca for upscale style and Cole Haan for comfort. “With all of the running Jeremy did, we always needed a shoe that had some cushioning.” But Miles didn’t forget about the ladies. The designer said she often builds an outfit from the feet up for the show’s female characters, including the use of sky-high heels. “Shoes are a powerful way to change an outfit and take it up a notch,” she said. So what shoe moments should fans look for in the upcoming final episodes? “Keep a tight eye on Mrs. Ari and Shauna,” she hinted.
The new Frye store in Soho has its first fan. Musician Charlotte Sometimes revealed to Spy she’s a longtime admirer of the brand and is looking forward to shopping at the new spot. “I wear their shoes anyway, so it’s exciting they’re opening up here,” said Sometimes (whose real name is Jessica Charlotte Poland) at a soirée during FFANY last week to fête the brand’s first flagship store. Sometimes, who performed a few songs wearing gray Frye cowboy boots, said the brand’s look works well for her girly and rugged style. “I’ll kick your ass, but I’ll look really pretty doing it,” she joked. So what’s up next for the songstress in between shopping sessions? Sometimes is gearing up to release her new single, “The Wait,” on Aug. 30.
Rupert Sanderson knows how to party. For Fashion’s Night Out next month, the designer is planning a 1970s-style roller disco in the studio space above his boutique in London’s Mayfair neighborhood. “The space lends itself so brilliantly as a dance floor,” Sanderson said. “The idea of getting everyone to really let their hair (or wigs) down to some great music from a great era — while on skates — seemed too good to miss.” And stateside, the designer’s team hit New York’s Soho House last week to unveil the new spring line, full of bold wedges, bright-pink heels and sparkling evening looks. “We’re really going after the American market in a major way now,” said wholesale director Andrew Stewart.