DOESN'T IT FEEL GOOD?: Payless ShoeSource's Matt Rubel flew in to New York from the company's home base in Kansas City to see the Payless shoes for Lela Rose — and he received whopping praise. "Two of the dressers at Lela Rose came up to me and thanked me. I said 'why are you thanking me?' And they said 'because we can afford those!'" said Rubel. All the shoes, including leather-trimmed slingbacks and more casual ballet flats, retail for under $30. The company also has partnerships with Abaeté and Alice + Olivia. "The spectacular thing is watching this talent be platformed in a new category and create such amazing product," he added.
'CONFIRMED' BACHELORS NEED NOT APPLY: The casting producers over at ABC might do better to tailor the address lists they use when sending out mass e-mails for casting calls. A request for candidates for the next "The Bachelor" was recently sent to fashion editors. It read, "We are on the search again for the perfect candidate and I would love to talk with someone at your magazine about the possibility of becoming this season's pick! If you know of anyone who might be perfect (20s/30s, dynamic, attractive, successful in any career, single), please let me know."
Now, unless the show is taking a dramatic turn, one would assume the producers are also looking for a straight bachelor. At a fashion magazine? Good luck. Yes, it's cliché, but there is some truth to the notion that finding a straight man working at a fashion publication is as easy as getting Stefano Tonchi to wear socks. You'd think ABC understood that. After all, it is the network that shows "Ugly Betty."