Buzz From Europe

Shoe Debut
Welsh designer Julien Macdonald has added shoes to his eponymous London-based ready-to-wear collection for fall ’10.

The designer, who succeeded Alexander McQueen as creative director at Givenchy and then left Paris in 2004, is offering Italian-made suede ankle boots with zippers and tough chic knee-length shearling lined boots that all feature a heel that mirrors the haunch of a horse.

“Designing a shoe collection was a natural progression for me,” said Macdonald. “The Julien Macdonald woman has definitely needed an equally strong, sexy shoe. Our signature heel shape, resembling a horse’s leg, befitted so well the equestrian theme of the collection.”

Retailers of the line, which starts at $1,235 for the Peredita sandal, include Net-A-Porter and Joyce in Hong Kong.

Clog Mania
The international success of funky clog brand Swedish Hasbeens is helping the trend explode in Europe. Swedish clog company Moheda Toffeln, which showed at last week’s GDS, is hoping to reap the benefits. “With its marketing, Swedish Hasbeens has really helped to make clogs popular,” said Peter Reinholdson, whose family founded the company back in 1973. At the show, Moheda Toffeln unveiled the classic clog as well as colorful high-heeled nubuck versions, which are priced from $60. The company is already one of Sweden’s leading clog companies, exporting to Asia, Australia and the U.S., where it supplies Cape Clogs.

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