Biggest Bash of the Year: Celebrating Indochine’s 30th Anniversary

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NYC Institution Indochine rings in the big 3-0 this year, and on Friday, MAC helped celebrate with an affair attracting the most extravagant of characters. Layfag pranced around in a see through ensemble, sans bra or even pasties. In true foodie fashion, it was fitting that the belle of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi nibbled and socialized with the likes of Jenna Lyons and Brian Atwood.

Ladyfag bares allMAC COSMETICS HOSTS INDOCHINE'S 30TH ANNIVERSARYPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

John Demsey and Kelly BensimonMAC COSMETICS HOSTS INDOCHINE'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY

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Jake Deutsch and Brian Atwood MAC COSMETICS HOSTS INDOCHINE'S 30TH ANNIVERSARYPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

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Josephine Meckseper and BlackBook‘s Hunter HillBFA_10735_1303553Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Sante D’Orazio, Rodney Pool and Brian AtwoodMAC COSMETICS HOSTS INDOCHINE'S 30TH ANNIVERSARYPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Adam Selman and Mel Ottenberg MAC COSMETICS HOSTS INDOCHINE'S 30TH ANNIVERSARYPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Chelsea Leyland and Athena CalderoneMAC COSMETICS HOSTS INDOCHINE'S 30TH ANNIVERSARYPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

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Pump It Up: The Best Heels of 2010

As the year winds down and we prepare to say so long to 2010, it’s time to go back and reflect on some of the greatest heels to hit the streets this year. From favorites and legends such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik, to newly minted Designer of the Year Brian Atwood, our feet have seen some incredible shoes in 2010. As our obsession with footwear continues to grow, heels are getting higher, sharper, and sleeker, and we are more willing to wear them than ever! There’s no doubt 2011 will bring even more addictive styles and we will spend our paychecks willingly. All hail the mighty stiletto and thank you for an incredible year of smoldering, back-breaking beauty! First up, these Christian Louboutin Tahiti Flower Shoes, $1095.

Jimmy Choo Marine Crystal Sandals, $1995 image

Manolo Blahnik Satin Embellished Pumps, $945 image

Brian Atwood Maniac Pumps, $580 image

Another Superstar Shoe Sale: Brian Atwood

The Brian Atwood sample sale is this upcoming week! Coincidentally I got to chat with Brian at this year’s FN Achievement Awards, at which he won Designer of the Year. Need I say more? If you don’t own a pair of Brian Atwoods, now is the time to add this shoe superstar to your closet. The sale is this Monday, December 6. Get there early for the best selection and say hello to me—I’ll be camped out front with a kerosene lamp and an extra large shopping cart. Full details after the jump.

Where: Three Squares Studio, 444 W. 17th Street; 917-847-3384.

When: December 6, 9 am to 6 pm.

The Shoe Oscars: FN’s 2010 Achievement Awards

On Tuesday night I had the pleasure of covering the 24th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards—in other words, I was in shoe-lovers paradise! The event was held at MoMA and bustling with celebrities and the best designers in the shoe industry, including Brian Atwood, Blake Mycoskie (TOMS Shoes), Jessica Alba, Michael Kors, Blake Lively, Ivanka Trump, and the man of the hour, Person of the Year award-winner/legend Christian Louboutin. The first person I got to chat with was Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes, who was receiving the award for Brand of the Year. His campaign to “give one pair to a needy child for every pair purchased” through his non-profit Friends of TOMS has been highly successful. To date, over one million pairs of shoes have been donated to kids in need as a result of Mycoskie’s efforts. Quite impressive for a company just four years old. On the fashion side, Blake looked handsome in a Band Of Outsiders suit, tie, and shirt, paired with TOMS shoes (obviously!). He walked the red carpet with the lovely Jessica Alba, who was the next person I got to chat with.

Jessica was decked out head-to-toe in a black Dolce & Gabbana blazer and sequin pants. She wore Christian Louboutin spiked black stilettos, a Steven Russell diamond necklace, and vintage bracelet. Jessica said she was “touched and honored” to be presenting the award to Mycoskie, who is a dear friend of hers. Then we talked fashion for a bit and I got the scoop on her favorite shopping spot in New York: Opening Ceremony. “They’re always reliable,” said Alba. “They have everything—I can buy a candle there if I want to!” Her favorite shoe brands include TOMS, Roger Vivier, Jeffrey Campbell, and Christian Louboutin.

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Next up was Brian Atwood, who was there to receive the award for Designer of the Year. He wore a Dior suit, Tom Ford shoes, a Prada tie, and an unknown underwear brand. Yes, I was so intent on getting the breakdown of his outfit, I even asked what brand of underwear he was wearing. Brian was a good sport though—he took a moment to think about it, realized I was joking, and then we had a chuckle. The inspiration for his collection this season was “disco, yachting, and lots of color.” His favorite style of the season is a handcrafted, top secret shoe called “Paloma” that hasn’t been released yet. So be on the lookout for that one!

By this time, the ceremony was about to start so we all began to shuffle upstairs to be seated. It was an intimate table setting and a smaller crowd by awards show standards. The ambiance was that of a dim, candlelit restaurant. The ceremony started with FN Editorial Director Michael Atmore summing up the show as, “The Shoe Oscars. A retooled Jones Group. The rise of Brian Atwood. And the command and elegance of a man named Christian Louboutin.” The show ended with a humble, gracious speech by Louboutin, who is incredibly endearing. Get a glimpse of everything in between from these memorable quotes:

“All things rare and wonderful start small.” —Dawn Mello, former president of Bergdorf Goodman and creative director at Gucci, and 2010 FN Hall of Fame inductee. “Hold me and TOMS accountable. We will remain humble and authentic in everything we do.” —Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, winner of Brand of the Year. “I could use a drink.” —Tarek Hasson of The Tannery, winner of Independent Retailer of the Year. “Normally I wouldn’t be able to reach the microphone, but tonight I’m wearing heels.” —Charlotte Dellal, designer of Charlotte Olympia and winner of the Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent Award. “People don’t walk in these shoes. They sit at barstools and attract crowds.” —George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik USA. “I’ve never been more disarmed by a person. I own so many pairs, I should be institutionalized.” —Blake Lively, during her presentation of the Person of the Year Award to Christian Louboutin. “Thank you America. American women have been the most supportive. So I have to thank America.” —Christian Louboutin, during his acceptance speech for Person of the Year.

See a full list of all the award winners at Footwear News.

Why Brian Atwood Is One to Watch

‘One to watch’ is a phrase thrown around exceedingly often in fashion, but if there’s one footwear maven on the rise truly worth taking note of, it’s Brian Atwood. You may remember him as the shoe designer that cast Rene Russo for his look book. While his coveted, high-priced women’s shoes have been making a splash among fashion cognoscenti for seasons, 2010 marks a big year for the ex-model and former Versace assistant. First off, the placement of his shoes in Sex and the City 2 is giving the designer a decided boost. “The New York and Milan-based designer made four custom pairs of heels for Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, for Sex and the City 2, and created 30 decadent pairs for the actress’ whirlwind promotional tour,” says All the Rage. Whether he gets name-dropped in the sequel anywhere near as often as Manolo Blahnik did in the TV series, I have yet to see.

Meanwhile, in addition to piquing the fancy of SJP, Atwood has found fans in stylist Rachel Zoe and Victoria Beckham. “Zoe revealed she has designed a pair of over-the-knee platform boots” that’ll cost a whopping $2,915 and retail as part of the designer’s FW10 collection, says Coutorture. “I own every shoe Brian has ever made,” she adds. Atwood has also divulged that he’s collaborating with fellow designer Victoria Beckham on a project, about which details have yet been revealed. And he’s not necessarily stopping at shoes. He told Women’s Wear Daily, “for me, the sky is the limit if it keeps the integrity of the brand…Ralph Lauren started in ties and look what he has become.”

Rene Russo in Brian Atwood’s Foot Fetish Fantasy

Shoe maestro Brian Atwood’s come-hither skyscraper heels in elaborate skins and blinding jewels are always the stars of the show. Nevertheless, at last night’s fete at the OpenHouse Gallery for the designer’s exclusive new book — Role Play Rene, featuring his candy-hued Spring 09 collection — his killer heels played their first supporting role. A seductive, barely clothed Rene Russo modeling the footwear line was the main attraction. You couldn’t help but be fixated on Russo’s tight bod (If only we could all look this good at 55), and it’s just how Atwood and famed celeb/ fashion photographer Tony Duran wanted it. “Tony and I love Rene. We wanted to make her look very sexy; hence the title of the book. The shoes are all about the attitude that she gives off in these photos,” says Atwood. See full gallery of photos from the book.

Published personally by Atwood, the 1000 copies of his homage to the veteran Hollywood starlet were given out to the invite-only guests. Dying to see a wet Russo in risqué poses involving younger naked male models, hair pulling, blindfolds, and of course sexy shoes? Check out those photos, and you won’t be disappointed. You’re welcome.