“I begin every outfit from the shoe,” former “American Idol” judge and Grammy winner Randy Jackson told Footwear News at the new Bally boutique in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Tuesday during a charity gala to support Delete Blood Cancer DKMS. “Boring and conservative is not what I do. If it’s a wingtip, it must be dipped in chrome or gold because I want to be the only one wearing that.”
“I’m from the rock and roll side,” he added. “The rock guy always wants to be the only one.”
Jackson, wearing black and white Bally loafers, co-hosted the soiree at the Swiss luxury label’s new flagship U.S. store that opened in April. Limited-edition red leather envelopes, priced at $350 and $850, and 20 percent of all sales from the evening benefited Delete Blood Cancer DMS.
Guests enjoyed a performance by Grammy-nominated recording artist Jazmine Sullivan, and celebrity supporters included actresses Tichina Arnold, Garcelle Beauvais and Louis Aguirre.
Dressed head to toe in Bally, Beauvais told FN that her first big splurge when she started her career as a model in New York City was a pair of pricey shoes.
“I was 17 years old and made some money and I went out and bought a pair of Alaia boots — I thought I had arrived,” she recalled, laughing. “I was wearing them in the house all of the time. My friends were like, ‘Uh, can you get another shoe.’ They were, like, $1,200 back then, which was a lot of money to me. Alaias are my favorite forever.”