Women’s Buzz: J. Loren… Jeffrey Monteiro…

Second Time Around
A relaunch is in the works for the J. Loren and J. Loren Juniors lines. Under the direction of Yosi Samra, who took over for his father, the brands have been revamped from the inside out and will focus more on a fashion-conscious consumer. Once a go-to for bridal and special-occasion shoes, the J. Loren line presently consists of mostly flats for everyday wear.

J. Loren Juniors offers more flats with embellishments and hardware, in European sizes 27 to 38. Both brands retail for $55 to $65 and are available online and at smaller boutiques. The J. Loren name is currently expanding into major department stores.

Sweet Feet
Rock & Candy debuted under contemporary footwear brand Zigi, and in its first outing will feature women’s sneakers and beach sandals that channel the glam rock scene through color and jazzy extras, including chains, studs and distressed details. The spring ’10 line retails from $59 to $125 and hits fine department stores and boutiques in January.

Safari Chic
Ready-to-wear designer Jeffrey Monteiro is stepping into footwear for spring ’10. Inspired by his clothing collection, a three-style line of chunky heels (at right) and flat sandals references safari shapes, colors and textures, but with a lived-in feel. The footwear, all with antique brass zipper details, retails for between $295 and $400 and is being targeted to select high-end boutiques nationwide.

Boozy Shoes
Several top names in footwear have come together to benefit Clothes Off Our Back, a foundation that auctions celebrity attire for underprivileged children worldwide. Through Dec. 2, shoppers can visit Clothesoffourback.org and bid on special shoes from brands including Rafe, Vanessa Noel, Farylrobin, Shree Moni and Alejandro Ingelmo. Each designer created a pair of shoes inspired by Baileys Original Irish Cream.

Gold Standard
Footwear designer Matt Bernson, whose strappy sandals have quickly become a Hollywood favorite, has shifted gears to accessories, to create his limited-edition Gold Bar bag. The first of what Bernson hopes will be many handbag designs, the leather clutch is a cheeky response to the bad economy and is available exclusively through Mattbernson.com for $156.

Growth Spurt
Retailer Steven Dann, who launched an eponymous riding boot line for fall ’09, is expanding for spring. The upcoming collection features 12 styles of sky-high heels and espadrille wedges, made of suede fabric (at right) and embellished with rope and animal-skin trims. Ranging from $495 to $795, the funky, Italian-made footwear is set to retail at Dann’s two New York-area stores. He is also targeting such high-end accounts as Bergdorf Goodman and Intermix.

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