FN Spy: Stuart’s New Blitz Collab…LA Stories

Stuart Weitzman’s 50/50 boot is getting a new look thanks to three fashion names: jewelry brand Erickson Beamon, Chinese women’s wear line Huishan Zhang and urban brand KTZ. “Fashion is all about personalities, and we reached out to the designers who were great fits,” said Kim Kollar, director of fashion and special projects for Blitz and Lane Crawford footwear and accessories. As part of an exclusive collaboration for Blitz, each designer re-envisioned the classic boot, now selling at a pop-up, Gallery 50/50, in Lane Crawford stores and at Lanecrawford.com. Weitzman gives Spy the scoop.

1. What stands out about each interpretation?
“Each designer has put their own stamp on the boot yet remained true to the intrinsic core of the design.”

2. What will consumers enjoy about the looks?
“We have never done something like this before with the 50/50 silhouettes. The three exclusive designs are very much considered a collector’s item for the die-hard 50/50 fans.”

3. Any celebrities you envision wearing these styles?
“I cannot wait for the calls to start coming in, but I am too realistic to try to guess who.”

Show & Tell
It was a weekend of stars in Los Angeles on Oct. 10 and 11.

Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon, sponsored by footwear brand Palter DeLiso, among others, honored leading ladies Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis and Donna Langley for using their celebrity status to further important causes.

That night, Louis Leeman’s Erica Pelosini and socialite Sutton Stracke hosted a garden dinner party to honor Mary Katrantzou and Gianvito Rossi. “We planned a fabulous [soiree] in only three days for a guest list that grew to 65 — and created a beautiful setting in Sutton’s English garden,” Pelosini said. Among the guests: Rachel Zoe and husband, Rodger Berman, who came with polo star Nacho Figueras and his wife, Delfina Blaquier.

The next day, many of the same partygoers gathered at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic to watch Figueras in action. “I will never forget stomping the divots in 5-inch Gianvito Rossi heels,” Pelosini said.

Saturday evening, The Carousel of Hope hosted its annual auction and dinner benefiting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. “There were so many amazing moments,” said designer Dana Davis, who worked tirelessly with her mother, Barbara Davis, to promote the event in the weeks leading up to the big night. “Magic Johnson told a story of how he wanted to go into business [with my father] and cold-called him to take him to lunch. My father, who passed away 10 years ago, was such a giving person, just like my mother.”

Diane Keaton and Quincy Jones were among the other names present.

Trunk Show Circuit
What do New York mothers do after pilates class? Buy shoes, of course. Sarah Flint recently hosted a private trunk show event in the Upper East Side, where about 60 women shopped, some right after their workout. The designer has been hosting events lately — next, she’ll head to retailer Malouf’s in Texas. (Her favorite story from her travels so far? “In Oklahoma City, there was an older woman wearing high sparkly pumps by Marc Jacobs, and she told me, ‘Honey, these are my walking shoes,’” Flint said.) She is also jet-setting off to her factory outside Florence, and Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia, an event that includes a race and a pub crawl. “I should wear flat boots, but I’ll probably go with a kitten heel,” said Flint of her bar-ready attire.

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