Lord & Taylor Shoe Floor Opens With Star-Studded Party

Shoes had a shining moment at New York Fashion Week Wednesday night.

Fashion footwear designers Carmen Marc Valvo, Sam Edelman, Vince and Louise Camuto, Ivanka Trump, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole and Joyce Azria of BCBGeneration gathered at the Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue flagship to celebrate the debut of the sleek new shoe floor. Retail heavy-hitter and Hudson’s Bay Co. President Liz Rodbell hosted the event. “I’m so excited and so pleased,” Rodbell said. “Fashion Week is my favorite week of the season. There are a lot of great trends and color to pick from this time around.”

Fans filled the floor to get autographs and flooded social media with pictures with designers and of new purchases in an event that felt reminiscent of the days of Fashion Night Out.

“It’s great to see all this energy that goes into footwear. At the end of the day, footwear is an emotional experience, and if you can capture a woman below the ankles, well, the rest of it is easy. It’s great to see the extraordinary effort Lord & Taylor has made bringing together wonderful people and product. It’s a fun evening and fun to celebrate,” Kenneth Cole said.

Ivanka Trump, who wore gold earrings and strappy sandals from her spring ’15 line, said she was thrilled about the new shoe floor. “[It] is unbelievable. It’s elegant and functional, and just watching the flow of traffic has been amazing. I think it’s really going to be transformative for the whole building. It’s really remarkable,” she said.

Vince and Louise Camuto were on hand, as was Sam Edelman, who opened his first store in Los Angeles this week. “We’ve been open in LA three days and are so excited,” Edelman said.

But, “after this week, I’m focused on my son’s wedding!” he added.

Shoes weren’t the only buzz of the night.

“Highlight this week? Fashion Rocks. Nicki Minaj put on a great performance,” said Steve Madden, who introduced the hip-hop star at the Barclays Center earlier this week. 

Carmen Marc Valvo, whose brand is celebrating 25 years and just introduced menswear and jewelery to his line, was ready for his fashion detox after Thursday.

“It was a major show, which was great, but with a lot of stress,” he said. “After 25 years, you’ve got to try something different to keep it fresh and rejuvenated. I’m going away for 10 days to Costa Rica after this. No internet. No phone. It costs too much to keep it on, so I don’t.”

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