FN Picks: Just Dandy... Toy Land

Shoe designers are all tied up for spring, looking to the neck — and its most popular masculine accessory — for inspiration.

View Slideshow

Manolo Blahnik

Photo By George Chinsee

Tabitha Simmons

Photo By Thomas Iannaccone

Shoe designers are all tied up for spring, looking to the neck — and its most popular masculine accessory — for inspiration. Tabitha Simmons turned an eye to the 1940s (think pin-up girl meets the classic polka-dot tie), enlisting an English silk factory to weave the fabrics for her Betsy style (at left, below). Meanwhile, Manolo Blahnik returned to his love of the silver screen. “The striped tongue [on the Raedachi shoes, [at left, above]] was inspired by the ties worn by Stewart Granger in the [1954] movie ‘Beau Brummell,’” said the British designer, who is oft spotted donning his own dapper bow-ties. “[Granger was] a famous dandy.” Marcie Young


Get all dolled up with the new line of Cissy dolls created by Jason Wu. The fashion designer is collaborating with The Alexander Doll Co. (run by Madame Alexander) for three dolls, known as Envy, Vice and Lust. The trio will be part of The Cissy Collection, which will retail for $350. In addition, three more dolls will be featured in the NeoCissy collection, sporting couture accessories such as bright-green platform booties and a black feathered eye patch (both at right). They will retail for $160. The dolls debuted at The American International Toy Fair last week and will be available in August at FAO Schwarz and at Kristen Henning

Invisibelt is tightening things up. Kathy Kramer, a veteran beauty director for several women’s magazines, designed the smooth, colorless belt for women who need extra support around the waistline. The belt works to remove the awkward bulge that is caused by gapping waistlines, but lends the same support as a regular belt. The Invisibelt comes in clear and black and can accommodate sizes zero to 14, thanks to its adaptable nature. It can be found at Lori’s Shoes, Shoe Inn and other independent retailers for $20. Devon Porrino

Navigate your way through the legal side of the fashion world with “Fashion Law.” The book, by co-authors Guillermo Jimenez, fashion professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Barbara Kolsun, EVP and general counsel at Stuart Weitzman LLC, explores issues such as copyright, licensing agreements and trademark protection. Each subject features summaries of actual court cases and form agreements, and the book provides legal advice about launching a line, starting a business and developing in international markets. This how-to is the first of its kind and aims to help designers and fashion execs avoid future legal woes. “Fashion Law,” published by Fairchild Books, is available at and K.H.

View Slideshow
load comments


Sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account, or simply type your comment below as a guest by entering your email and name. Your email address will not be shared. Please note that WWD reserves the right to remove profane, distasteful or otherwise inappropriate language.
News from WWD

Sign upSign up for WWD and FN newsletters to receive daily headlines, breaking news alerts and weekly industry wrap-ups.

getIsArchiveOnly= hasAccess=false hasArchiveAccess=false