The heat is on. With the Academy Awards set to be handed out on Sunday, Spy asked footwear designers and execs about their favorites among this year’s nominees. Here are a few of their Oscar picks.
Liz Rodbell, president, Hudson’s Bay andLord & Taylor
Best picture: “American Hustle.” “In addition to the phenomenal acting, the costumes were amazing.”
Best actress: “Cate Blanchett, because she pulls off ‘fallen Upper East Side socialite’ like no one else. Plus, her character worked in shoe sales. We love that.”
Best actor: “It should definitely be Matthew McConaughey — what a performance. But I must say Christian Bale really rocked a handsome comb-over.”
Manolo Blahnik, designer
Best actress: Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine.” “She is such an amazing actress.”
Best supporting actress: Julia Roberts in “August Osage County.” “I didn’t really like the movie, but she was divine. I still remember her in ‘Steel Magnolias.’ I met her around that time. She’s brilliant.”
Edgardo Osorio, founder & designer, Aquazzura
Best picture: “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best actress: Cate Blanchett
Best actor: Leonardo DiCaprio. “There is a particularly amazing selection of nominees this year — all my favorite actors and actresses, [including] Meryl Streep, Leonardo, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett. It’s very hard to choose. I do love Cate’s style and her portrayal of the Upper East Side woman in ‘Blue Jasmine.”’
Dana Davis, designer
Best picture: “American Hustle.” “It left me feeling a bit dirty, although not as dirty as ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’”
Best actress: Amy Adams. “All the other women in this category have at least one Oscar already.”
Best actor: Matthew McConaughey. “I was not a big fan of his until this movie. It’s his time, and the push to voters has been huge.”
Yeardley Smith, founder, Marchez Vous
Best actor/actress: “Hollywood loves it when pretty gets ugly — lose half your body weight, lose your mind, die too young. So I’m going with Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor and Cate Blanchett for Best Actress.”
David Kahan, CEO, Birkenstock USA
Best picture: “American Hustle.” “It has a great ensemble cast and captures the time warp of the 1970s.”
Best actress: “Cate Blanchett was magnificent in ‘Blue Jasmine.’ From the moment the film starts, she captures you. One of the best performances I’ve ever seen.”
Even before he can walk, Fergie’s 5-month-old son, Axl Jack, has an impressive shoe collection. “He has so many brands, every sneaker, every combat boot. He has tons of shoes,” the singer told Spy at FN Platform. “I’m creating his little closet now to display them.” Axl’s arrival has meant changes to his stiletto-loving mom’s wardrobe, too. “When I’m with Axl, the heels are lower,” Fergie said while showing off her fall ’14 line with Brown Shoe Co. “This is the first time I’m seeing some of the designs from drawings come to fruition,” she added, highlighting her personal faves: a moto boot and a leopard Beatle boot with a zipper trim. Shortly after her FN Platform appearance, Fergie headed to Macy’s in the Fashion Show Mall to greet a crowd of fans who lined up to have their Fergie shoes signed by the songstress. “I’ve loved her for 10 years and I was so excited when I saw on the news that she would be here,” said Carrie Ror, who was visiting Las Vegas from Canada. Grace Montemeyor, a local resident, left work early to meet the star. “What I like about her is the fact that she’s down to earth,” said Montemeyor, proudly showing off her new Fergie booties.
Tony Hsieh binge watches, too. The Zappos.com CEO, who is a huge fan of Netflix’s “House of Cards” series starring Kevin Spacey, admitted to watching seven episodes in a row after the second season’s recent release. And after he jets to Hawaii for a wedding, he plans to finish the remainder. “The first episode was mind-blowing. I couldn’t believe it,” said Hsieh at the FN Platform party at Inspire Theater on Fremont Street. “I dare you to watch just one.”
Steve Madden is keeping up with the Kardashians — but it’s not about Kim this time. Madden has tapped younger sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner for a capsule collection for his Madden Girl line. “We’ve been fans of Steve Madden our entire lives,” gushed Kylie Jenner. “We were so excited to collaborate with the Madden Girl team because they really let our personal style come through in the designs.” The 10 styles, which include everything from sandals to strappy wedges and stilettos, will sell for $49 to $79 at Nordstrom stores beginning in March. “Living in California, I am always on the hunt for the perfect sandal. We were able to create styles that can be worn from the beach to a night out with friends,” said Kendall Jenner, who also made waves recently with her walk down the Marc Jacobs runway in New York and appearances at London Fashion Week. And last weekend, the Jenners joined Steve Madden himself for a personal appearance at Nordstrom in Glendale, Calif.
Nordstrom also has a big fan in Kristin Cavallari, whose Chinese Laundry line is now stocked by the department store. “If I could pick one store I shop in and would want to [sell my line], it would be Nordstrom,” she said. In fact, the reality TV star-turned-designer was headed to the Las Vegas location to check out her product display following her appearance on the FN Platform show floor last week. But at 7-plus-months pregnant, you won’t see Cavallari out much in ultra-high heels. “For day to day, I’ve switched to more flats and boots,” she admitted.
Pop band Youngblood Hawke performing at the Cat Footwear party at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas last Tuesday. The brand also staged a fashion show at the event to tout its lifestyle offerings.