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Jill Stuart Spring 2016: New York Fashion Week

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Lacoste Spring 2016: New York Fashion Week

There was a certain sense of patriotism at the Lacoste show this season, shown during the third day of New York Fashion Week. Creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista, himself Portuguese, played on different world maps, using their shapes and colors to dictate the cuts or shapes of the clothes.

The footwear kept in mind this sportswear, Olympian-turned-fashion enthusiast vibe. Women’s pool slide sandals, done in different colored leathers, were given chunky flatform soles and buckled straps. Certain styles has the Lacoste lettering emblazoned on the upper, which evoked a different sense of pride.

Lacoste Spring 2016 New York Fashion WeekLacoste spring ’16 runway collection.
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Lacoste Spring 2016 New York Fashion WeekLacoste spring ’16 runway collection.
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The men’s shoes were mostly done in a low-top court silhouette. Though the all-white leather style dominated the runway here-as it did last spring season as well-it also came in an all-over hunter green.

Click through the gallery below for all the images straight from the Lacoste runway.

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Manolo Blahnik And André Leon Talley: A Lively Conversation At Rizzoli

Manolo Blahnik Book Event Rizzoli Store

Manolo Blahnik and André Leon Talley celebrated the shoe designer’s new book in the best way possible on Friday evening. The longtime friends came together for a lively conversation about Old Hollywood, unforgettable women (and men) — and, of course, Blahnik’s four decades in the shoe business.

The designer’s book, “Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions,” published by Rizzoli Books, debuted this week as part of the footwear veteran’s major New York moment. On Wednesday, he received a major award from FIT and Thursday, Blahnik hit Saks Fifth Avenue for a packed personal appearance celebrating his new boutique there.

The Friday conversation marked the first event at Rizzoli’s new store on Broadway and 26th Street.

Leon Talley recalled the first time he met Blahnik in the 1970s in Fire Island. “He stepped off the train in a periwinkle Rive Gauche shirt that perfectly matched his linen trousers. [Every day], he matched the trousers and shirts to oxfords he designed himself. They were in tangerine, lemon yellow, citrus green — it was extraordinary.”

Leon Talley told his friend, “What Yves Saint Laurent is to couture, you are to shoes.”

Manolo Blahnik Book Event Rizzoli Store NYCManolo Blahnik chatting with André Leon Talley at the newly opened Rizzoli store in NYC.

Here are some of Blahnik’s colorful quotes from the conversation:

On Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon: “It was the most important visual moment in my life. The combination of Mr. Kubrick and Marisa Berenson is a constant inspiration for me. Marisa is the most beautiful creature and incredible actress who we haven’t seen enough of.”

On unforgettable women during the 1970s: “Bianca Jagger and Paloma Picasso, every word they said was beautiful, every movement was beautiful. Tina Chow had that incredible movement too.”

An early film memory: “The first visual shock was when I was about 11 or 12 and I saw a movie called Senso starring this extraordinary woman, Alida Valli. That really opened my eyes and I knew I wanted to something visual [in my life].

On memorable shoe scenes in film: Marlene Dietrich and her [little pumps] in The Devil Is A Woman and Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity with her marabou mules. That’s one of the reasons I keep doing mules today.

On the “trash” in fashion today: “Without trash, we cannot appreciate style. Trash is necessary.”

Men and women in New York: “In the ’70, the boys used to be much more important than the women. Now it’s the women. I saw Uma Thurman the other day. Beautiful.”

On Marie Antoniette and the 18th century: “I loved how everything was structured, the color combinations and especially the quality. [This era] was important for me.”

On the American Dream: “It doesn’t matter where you come from. It just matters if you have passion. There are so many [great American designers who have diverse backgrounds], Mr. de la Renta, Narcisco Rodriguez. It’s a long list.”

Seeing women wear his shoes: “When I was young, I was very excited. Now, in Milan sometimes I see ladies and hear them saying they are wearing Manolo. I say, No, that’s a rip-off!”

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California Revises ‘Made In America’ Manufacturing Rules

Calleen Cordero factory

On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation that relaxes California’s “Made in America” regulations to aid manufacturers of footwear and other products.

Previously, California law had stipulated that it was illegal to sell merchandise advertised as being made in the U.S. if any portion of the product was produced outside the States. Upon the passage of California Senate Bill 633 and Brown’s signature, the state now conforms with the federal standard used by the other 49 states, which states that merchandise can carry the label if the non-U.S. components make up no more than 10 percent of the final product.

The bill was authored by state Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Brian Jones. In a statement, Jones said, “The legislature — after five years of working on this issue — has finally undone an overly burdensome regulation that has hurt California manufacturers since the 1960s.”

The new legislation takes effect Jan. 1, 2016, and should be a boon for California’s growing footwear-manufacturing industry. Southern California, in particular, has become a hotbed of artisan activity — among the companies producing shoes there are Calleen Cordero, George Esquivel, Newbark, Anine Bing, Rainbow Sandals and Sbicca.

Palos Verdes Footwear factory; SbiccaInside the Palos Verdes Footwear factory in South El Monte, Calif., which produces the Sbicca line.
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Cordero told Footwear News earlier this year as part of a special “Made in America” issue, “There are so many advantages [to producing in the U.S.] — and it’s especially a designer’s dream come true to be able to conceptualize a design and have it brought to life before your very own eyes.”

However, while domestic manufacturing has seen a resurgence in the U.S. lately, the supply chain hasn’t necessarily followed suit. Many of the materials and components used by footwear companies still come from overseas, making it difficult for shoemakers to meet California’s previous 100 percent requirement.

In that same special issue of FN, Nate Herman, VP of international trade for the American Apparel & Footwear Association, pointed out that while sourcing remains an issue for companies, change could be on its way. “The materials go where the manufacturing is,” he said. “As manufacturing starts to come back in a bigger way, you’ll see the supply chain follow.”

Now, with this revision to California’s rules, local shoemakers can finally market their goods on an equal footing with manufacturers throughout the country.

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[VOTE] Celebrity Statement Shoes: Who Wore It Best?

Celebrity Statement SHoes

It’s another big moment for fashion and footwear. With the kickoff of the Venice Film Festival, the star of the US Open and plenty of MTV Video Music Awards appearances, the stars once again brought their A-Game for shoes.

Here are a few of our favorites this week.

Taylor Swift stepped out in Christian Louboutin pumps at the MTV VMAs.

Lake Bell opted for Sophia Webster Check Mate sandals in New York.

Elizabeth Banks donned Stuart Weitzman Wildthing shoes at the kick off of the Venice Film Festival.

Alessandra Ambrosio opted for sweet laser-cut sandals by Christian Louboutin.

Rita Ora stood out in London in Giuseppe Zanotti sandals from his Rock ‘N Roll collection.

Taylor Swift, Lake Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rita OraTaylor Swift, Lake Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rita Ora
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Adidas Originals Tubular Primeknit Snake Pack Drops Monday

Adidas Tubular 1

Aside from anything Adidas Originals has done with rap star Kanye West, from the Yeezy Boost 350 to the Yeezy Boost 750, perhaps the most talked-about new silhouette from the Germany-based brand is the Tubular Mid. On Monday, a new edition of the shoe will hit stores with the Primeknit Snake Pack.

The pack will feature two colorways of the shoes, which will retail for $160.

Although the sneaker is built on the Tubular platform that the brand first released in 1993, the shoe now has a lifestyle focus, contemporary styling and features some of the brand’s latest technology, including a snakeskin Primeknit upper with vacuum-formed adiFilm overlays for support. The shoe also features the brand’s popular neoprene sock-fit design.

One colorway of the shoe releasing Monday has a black upper with a carbon-and-vintage white outsole. The other colorway boasts a bright cyan upper with a bold aqua-and-vintage white outsole.

Adidas Tubular 2The black colorway of the Adidas Tubular Primeknit Snake Pack.
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Adidas Tubular 3The blue colorway of the Adidas Tubular Primeknit Snake Pack.
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The Tubular silhouette has been released in a number of editions from Adidas Originals this year, including the recent Tubular Premium Primeknit, which features a Primeknit upper with leather and nubuck overlays in three color ways, and the Tubular Moc Runner Tonal Pack.

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Shoe Sales To Shop This Labor Day Weekend

Shoe sales

September 1–6. All sale and clearance items up 20-70%.
Where: 260 5th Ave., New York, NY 10001
When: Tue 9am-8pm, Wed-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm

The Outnet
Sept 1-7. Extra 15% off plus free shipping.

Lord & Taylor
Sept 1-7. 25-40% select women’s fall shoes; 70% select sandals; up to 40% off men’s shoes
Where: 424 5th Ave., New York, NY 10018
When: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm

Through September 7. Get a $25 savings code when you spend $75 or for $40 when you spend $100. Codes valid to use Sept. 12-27.
Where: 603 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017
When: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

September 2–13. Up to 40% off summer items including shoes.
Where: Nordstrom locations and

L.K. Bennett
September 2-7. Additional 40% off sale items.
Where: 655 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10065
When: Mon-Wed 10am-7pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

September 3–7. All sale and clearance items up 20-70%.
Where: 1000 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10022
When: Mon 10am-10pm, Tues-Wed, 10am-8:30pm, Thu-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm

Vince Camuto
September 3–7. 30% off select shoe styles; spend $100 or more and receive a $25 credit to use between Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
Where: 532 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; online
When: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm

DNA Footwear
Until further notice. Spring/summer styles up to 50% off online and in stores; free shipping using code FREESHIP through Sept. 8.
Where: 273 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012
When: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm

Rebecca Minkoff
September 3-until further notice. Select fall styles up to 50% off including shoes.
Where: 96 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
When: Mon-Wed 11am-7pm, Thu-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

September 3-7. $20 off orders of $99 or more with code TAKE20.
Where: Online only.

Steve Madden
Through September 8. 20% off orders over $100 and 25% off orders over $125.
Where: Online only.

September 4-6. 15% off plus free shipping.
Where: Online only.

Until further notice. 20% off sitewide using code B2SOFF25
Where: Online only.

Until further notice. Up to 40% off select sale styles.
Where: 113 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 and online.
When: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12pm-7pm

Matt Bernson
Until further notice. 70% off spring ’15 styles.
Where: 20 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013 and online.
When: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

Stubbs & Wootton
Through September 14. 30% off bespoke shoes.
Where: 987 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075 and online. 
When: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

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Foot Flops Heat-Molded Flip-Flops Hit Kickstarter

Foot Flops

The continuing popularity of flip-flops encouraged entrepreneurs Jaime Mackay, Tom Fey and Wes White to get on the action with Foot Flops, a Jackson Hole, Wy.-based line of heat-molded orthotic styles launched on Kickstarter this week. According to Mackay, the goal is $40,000 with a pledge of $30 entitling the donor to a pair.

The team — avid skiers and snowboarders familiar with the comfort of heat-molded orthotics — decided to take the concept to the mainstream shoe market with the simple sandal design.

Foot Flops customize to the wearer’s feet via patent-pending HEAT technology. A blend of  EVA and a patent-pending thermoplastic layer (Thermo-Form foam), the sandals are placed in a conventional oven at 200 to 250 degrees for five to seven minutes on the middle rack.

Immediately upon removing them from the oven, consumers step directly on the base as close to the center as possible to ensure a precise lateral and medial arch support. Next, the foot is rocked side to side with equal weight for an optimal mold. Within 10 to 15 minutes, the shoes will be cool completely.

Mackay expects the collection to be ready for retail distribution in January/February 2016, with prices to be determined. The line targets outdoor specialty stores and comfort independents and are available in men’s and women’s sizes in a range of colors.

In the spirit of giving back, the company will donate a pair to the Walk Tall Foundation for every pair purchased.

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