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Tina Knowles has seen her share of red carpets. With the 54th Annual Grammy Awards less than a week away, the mother and stylist to Beyoncé and designer behind the duo’s House of Deréon line is prepping for the big night. “The red carpet is all about looking fabulous up close for photos,” Knowles said, comparing the event to how she would style for concerts. Here, “Miss Tina” sizes up her shoe picks for a few of this year’s Grammy nominees.
Adele: “I’d pick a silhouette that’s very strappy, probably a 3.5-inch heel with beautiful, vibrant color. The shoe height would be good for her because she’s already tall. She has a very simple, sensible style with a little side of bohemian, so that would add a little pizzazz to her look.”
Katy Perry: “I’d like to see Katy in her normal skyscraper shoes, something really crazy and wild that fits her personality.”
Bruno Mars: Retro platform shoes. “Why not? He’s so cute. He looks adorable all the time and he’s very handsome. I think he can rock some retro-looking platform shoes with his little tuxedo and a skinny tie.”
Who could make Linda Fargo wear a red fringe dress and sparkly heart-shaped sunglasses and douse her skin in crimson sequins and glittery hearts? The red-sole king, of course. The Bergdorf Goodman SVP joined Christian Louboutin at his packed 20th anniversary party, hosted at the department store in New York on Wednesday, where Fargo said she was excited about the event because it gave Parsons students (who competed in a design competition judged by Louboutin and Fargo) a chance to shine. “Just the look on their faces is worth it,” Fargo said. “There are so many talented kids.” Fashion consultant and style icon Patrick McDonald was also on hand to support his friend and colleague. While McDonald admitted he was just starting to beef up his Louboutin collection, the dandy was sporting his favorite pair for the occasion: the plaid spiked Rollerboy shoes. “I love the whole idea that they’re plaid with a twist of punk,” he said. Also in the room for the soirée, which featured an all-red theme, from streamers to confetti, was Patricia Field, Tinsley Mortimer, Wendy Williams and Leandra Medina (aka The Man Repeller).
Stuart Weitzman is back with another showstopper for awards season. The designer is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his original “million-dollar shoe” with an updated version: The Millionairess. The new look (at left) has a higher heel and an updated toe character, adorned with its fair share of Swarovski crystals, of course. “A lot of things are coming together in 2012, and since this is one of my all-time favorite shoes that did more for the company than just being a pair of shoes, it was an opportunity to celebrate it,” said Weitzman, adding that the style is now available in the brand’s boutiques for $595. And while the designer remained mum on which celebrity might sport the style at the upcoming Academy Awards, he did offer his pick for Best Picture, or lack thereof. “Like most of the award shows this season, I am torn between the great films ‘The Descendants,’ ‘The Artist’ and ‘The Help,’” he said.
The Housewives are at it again. The Beverly Hills cast reunion kicked off last week with plenty of drama, but this time it was about shoes. While discussing Adrienne Maloof and Lisa Vanderpump’s season-long tension, Maloof expressed hurt feelings over her former neighbor’s nickname for her Adrienne Maloof by Charles Jourdan shoe line: The Maloof Hoof. “Hoof is cute,” explained Vanderpump. “It’s a little fat shoe.” Maloof wasn’t amused, especially while donning her own gold glitter platforms for the reunion. Vanderpump, on the other hand, was not wearing her own design: the pink suede Vander pump she created with Ryan Haber. The housewife instead chose Giuseppe Zanotti for the occasion. Part two of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reunion airs tonight on Bravo.
Steve Madden is feeling lucky. The trend master — who made a big gift ($1 million!) to Two Ten Footwear Foundation last week — said life has been good lately. “I’ve got two young kids who are wonderful, a fabulous wife and a great family at work that I work with,” he said. “We’ve done well, we work hard, but I just feel like a lucky guy.”
Ugg Australia has been suspended from class. Officials in a Philadelphia-area school district have banned students from wearing the brand’s boots since they’ve turned out to be an ideal place to hide a cell phone. The edict, however, does allow girls to keep them safely stored in their lockers while on campus. But Ugg doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. “I shudder to think what will happen when the school administrators realize that the students can just as easily slip a cell phone into the pockets of their jeans or sweat shirts,” said Ugg President Connie Rishwain. “There’s no reason Ugg boots should be singled out as a place to hide a cell phone.”