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FN Spy: Milan Highlights... Lil Wayne's Sneaker Deal

Designers sound off on their fall ’12 collections.

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Milan Meet-ups
Spy hit the cobblestone streets during Milan Fashion Week to get the scoop on fall ’12 from a handful of high-end designers. At Bally, co-creative director Michael Herz noted that all the fall shoes — brogues, platform boots and square-toe spectator pumps — were inspired by styles from 1976, when the brand launched ready-to-wear. “[One is] a very practical stacked heel and highlights the nostalgia of the brand, but with a modern twist.” Meanwhile, Gianvito Rossi was all about modernity, musing that the bootie and the pump will be most important this fall. And he’s added a high-heel loafer with tassel to his otherwise ultra-feminine collection. “Sometimes women like to put themselves in men’s shoes,” he shrugged. At Attilio Giusti Leombruni, the label’s trio of sisters seemed to agree with that sentiment, unveiling a second minimalist campaign featuring Stella Tenant, both friend and muse of the collection. So what’s it like to work in a third-generation family company? “We each have a specific role and we’re very close. It’s who we are,” said Vera Giusti, creative director and communications manager for the brand. Milan newcomer Ruthie Davis showed her first evening styles, as well as her first tall boot for fall. “I was afraid to do evening because that world is so well established,” she said. “But I think I added a little edge and youthfulness to the mix.”

Weezy's New Deal
Lil Wayne may be following in the footsteps of rapper-turned-designer counterparts Jay-Z and Kanye West. According to published reports, he is close to inking his own sneaker deal with a major footwear brand. His clothing brand, Trukfit, wouldn’t disclose any additional info as of press time, but Wayne told Vibe magazine that it will not be Nike or Reebok.