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J.Lo takes a tumble and Insider chats with basketball legends and Toms founder Blake Mycoskie.

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Roopal Patel and Blake Mycoskie

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Fashion Philanthropy
It was all about Tex-Mex as Blake Mycoskie hit Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate the launch of his Toms shoe line on Nov. 19. About 200 people showed up to do a little shopping and sip tequila with Mycoskie, who also convinced friends to join in a ping-pong competition on the store’s contemporary shoe floor. Liya Kebede, model and goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization, and musician Matt Wertz stopped by to mingle with Mycoskie and Bergdorf execs, including senior women’s fashion director Roopal Patel (above, left, with Mycoskie). “What he’s done is amazing,” Patel said of Mycoskie. “He’s taken something so basic and made it cool.” Now, Patel said, she’d like to get a first-hand look at what the Toms founder does on his overseas shoe distribution trips. “It would be a great research project,” she said, hinting she may try to tag along on Mycoskie’s trip to Ethiopia next June. But before then, Mycoskie said, he’s going to squeeze in a little personal travel. “I’m going surfing in Costa Rica,” he said of his month-long solo trip south next month. “I haven’t had a vacation in a year.”

Ladies & Gents
Christian Siriano sure loves his spring ’10 footwear and handbag collection for Payless. So much so, he told Insider, he even wears pieces from the women’s line. “I carry the messenger bag every day,” he said of a black patent purse embellished with a gold chain. Insider also spotted Siriano wearing a pair of marbleized, fabric sneakers from the collection. “I love them,” he gushed.

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