Mary Norton is taking her shoe designs down the aisle. The Charleston, S.C.-based designer is launching a capsule collection of bridal footwear and handbags for fall ’09. The collection, which will be sold at high-end boutiques, Mary Norton stores and Marynorton.com, includes shoes with oversized chiffon flowers (at right), ostrich feathers and crystals retailing for $495 to $795. Coordinating handbags adorned with tassels, chiffon flowers and feathers will sell for $495 to $995.
If you can’t beat the recession, then work around it. That’s Ruthie Davis’ mantra during these trying times. The New York-based designer bowed a collection of shoe “combos” consisting of one Davis by Ruthie Davis pump and one takedown flat in the same color, all crafted from Italian leather and some featuring hardware details. The two shoes will be sold together for $698 to $798 in a custom Ruthie Davis graffiti bag, made for toting the shoes around for work or travel. The sushi-inspired collection, which bears style names such as Edamame and Sashimi (at left, below), will hit high-end independent retailers this fall.