Jean-Michel Cazabat is off the market — the dating market, that is. The women's footwear designer is getting married on Saturday at Indochine in New York. His fiancée, Tess Wanjugu, accompanied him to the Fashion's Night Out fete at his Soho store. Cazabat admitted that juggling Fashion Week events with his upcoming nuptials, as well as receiving out-of-town guests, has turned him into something of a groom-zilla. "It is stressful," he told Spy. And he added that the honeymoon will have to wait, given this month's busy work schedules for him and Wanjugu (a former model and Miss Kenya). But one thing that has been stress-free is choosing shoes for the big day. The bride, of course, will be wearing footwear designed by her groom: Cazabat's Omayra style strappy sandal.
“The store may be closed, but Betsey Johnson is always open!” said the designer, standing outside her shuttered Soho boutique on Fashion’s Night Out. Crowds stopped traffic as Johnson spoke to her fans: “Come see my [runway] show on Tuesday. And now I have to go back to work!” She appeared with her daughter, Lulu, and the pair were busy filming a reality show for the Style Network called “Betsey & Lulu.” The show debuts in February.
The scene inside Macy’s new mega women’s shoe department during Fashion’s Night Out was much more like a movie premiere than a shopping event. Clearly enthused about the new footwear space, Macy’s chief Terry Lundgren talked about the massive project for “E! Live on the Red Carpet,” before posing for dozens of other photographers, including FN’s own. The CEO gamely climbed atop a coffee table for the perfect shot with the entire department behind him. Meanwhile, hundreds of consumers lined up to meet Michael Kors, who hosted a fashion trivia contest on the floor. While some were gunning for autographs, others were more realistic. "We'll just take a glimpse, whatever we can get,” one said.
It was a family affair for the Azrias at Lord & Taylor. Spy caught up with Lubov Azria, wife of Max Azria and chief creative officer of the BCBG Max Azria Group, after the BCBG runway show earlier Thursday. Currently, Azria is working on the final touches for the Hervé Léger show on Saturday. “We’re still doing casting believe it or not. Still doing fittings, music — all the fun things,” she said. Joyce Azria, creative director of BCBG Generation and daughter of Max Azria, was also there to greet customers. Azria hinted that consumers should expect a lot more casual trends such as sneakers and booties from the brand for the upcoming season.
Designer Reed Krakoff, who was fresh off his second award this year for Accessory Designer of the Year (he won the CFDA in June and the Style Award this week), told FN that footwear was his eponymous label's second best sales category after ready-to-wear. "From a design standpoint I always think of shoes as being more like sculpture, and it's fun because every season it changes," he said. And his survival tips for Fashion Week? "Oh, I love doing shows, so I don't think of it that way. I always remember what I'm doing and how lucky I am to be in this business."