Giuseppe Zanotti is gearing up to open a store in La La Land. The designer is planning his first L.A. boutique after an upcoming Boston store debuts next year. No location has been set, but the new store will likely carry a Beverly Hills, Calif., zip code. Zanotti, who flew into town for a luncheon and shoe signing at the new Saks Fifth Avenue shoe department in Beverly Hills, said Los Angeles is increasingly becoming a more important — and distinctive — fashion market. “Los Angeles is a unique city because it’s international, but still so different from New York,” said Zanotti. While he acknowledged that economies around the world are in for a rocky ride in the months ahead, Zanotti said he would work even harder to design shoes that inspire women to buy. “For me, the only thing I can do is continue to design beautiful shoes,” he said. “We are the ambassadors of luxury and beauty and creativity. This is our job.”
Big birthdays call for big celebrations, and Macy’s marked its 150th with a party in Manhattan attended by Martha Stewart, Eva Mendes and Michael Bloomberg — not to mention company prez Terry Lundgren. Designer Kenneth Cole and Lundgren shared an inside joke about Lundgren feeling just as old as the chain, with Lundgren longing for the energy he had when he was a mere 140 years old. Cole played along: “Take two aspirin and call me when you’re in your 160s.” Cole confirmed he would again star in the retailer’s next round of commercials. Meanwhile, Tommy Hilfiger said there’s a good chance his footwear could one day be exclusive to Macy’s. For now, most of his focus is on his new Fifth Avenue flagship, which is slated for a January or February debut. “It’s something we’ve dreamed of and it’s happening,” he beamed. Elsewhere, Vince Camuto cruised the party without Jessica Simpson, who, oops, arrived after the party was over. (She did make it in time for the fireworks, though.)
Overseeing the design direction for Nine West footwear, jewelry and handbags is no easy feat, but Creative Director Fred Allard must like a challenge. The Nine West exec will now oversee the brand’s sportswear division as well. The first collection under his watchful eye will debut in March. Insider got wind of the news at the brand’s press preview at the top of the New Museum in New York, where it also unveiled the New Balance for Nine West collection, and introduced NWBI, the line’s super-cute anime mascot.