2008 saw several high-profi le pairings, including country songstress Reba McEntire and Brown Shoe, and in an industry first, Nine West and New Balance. But survey respondents chose Target (which also nabbed FN’s Retailer of the Year honor) and Sigerson Morrison’s holiday collection as the best collab of the year.
ON-SCREEN FASHION: “Sex and the City: The Movie”
The return of New York’s favorite foursome was welcome news for movie box offi ces — and for shoe sellers, who said that of all the big- and small-screen productions this year, Carrie and friends had the biggest infl uence on fashion. While footwear was generally downplayed in the fi lm, a few cameos for select styles caused a run on Dior’s gladiator platforms and Giuseppe Zanotti’s fi sh-bone sandal. And of course, Manolo Blahnik’s blue satin pumps got star treatment in the movie, which surprised the designer more than anyone. Earlier this year, he told FN he’d had no idea how they would be used.
Barack Obama: 17.7%
David Beckham: 13.2%
The Jonas Brothers: 12.7%
Justin Timberlake: 12.3%
Brad Pitt: 10.5%
Could there be a more diverse group of men? On the list of 2008’s top male tastemakers is the future president of the United States, a family of Disney heartthrobs, a U.K. soccer sex symbol, a Hollywood superstar and a former Disney heartthrob turned music mogul. But whatever their professional calling, these men make success look very good.