Janie Bryant’s Journey

Janie Bryant is mad about Shoes of Prey. The Emmy Award-winning costume designer recently teamed up with the online retailer on a capsule collection, marking her first foray into shoes. The “Mad Men” and “Deadwood” design ace created seven styles ranging from heeled snakeskin sandals and red ankle boots to gold-and-black ballet flats. Bryant was a fan of the company’s shoe-customization ways, too. “I love that anyone can go online and design their own pair of shoes,” she said. Here, Bryant gives Spy the scoop on some of her favorite haunts, style icons and which actress was a favorite to dress.

What Shoes of Prey style from your collection would you wear on a date with your husband, and what would you do?
“I would wear the D’Orsay Point heel, and we’d go to Bestia in Downtown Los Angeles. My husband, Peter, and I would share a bowl of their uni pasta. It’s delicious.”

Who is your dream celebrity to dress in Shoes of Prey?
“Beyoncé, and it would be in the snakeskin sandal. She is such a style inspiration for me. I love that she wears amazing, sexy outfits when she performs. She always looks so beautiful and feminine, but she also has an edge to her style. Beyoncé is everything that shines. I love her music, love her voice … she is an incredible performer.”

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Who was one of your favorite characters to design for on “Mad Men”?
“Jessica Paré, who played Megan Draper. We did everything from sandals and chunky low-heel pumps to mod ankle, knee-length and lace-up boots. I loved the variation in all of the shoes she wore.”

You’re based in Los Angeles, yet you’ve also lived in NYC. What are some of your favorite vintage stores on either coast?
“Cherry Vintage in New York City is the best resource for vintage shoes. My resource for amazing shoes here in Los Angeles is a vendor I met at the Rose Bowl. His name is Jermel Nakia. He has amazing taste and the best taste in vintage shoes.”

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