Camilla Skovgaard Premieres Short Film on the Eve of Fashion Week

“Some people underestimate fashion films,” Denmark-born and Dubai-based footwear designer Camilla Skovgaard said Wednesday night at the premiere of “Hotel Skovgaard, Room 77,” her first short film, directed by longtime friend Ali F. Mosafa and scored by Zebra Katz (who’s been attracting attention, following the Rick Owens show last season). “Film is becoming more and more relevant in the fashion industry.”

Skovgaard, known for her signature saw soles that have garnered quite a celebrity following since her debut in 2006, featured her newest collection in the three-minute-long film, as well as on display at the event inside the Bowery’s The Hole Gallery,

Statuesque in a tight-fitting black dress, her short blonde hair slicked back, the 39-year-old designer stood out amongst the crowd of press and friends, including Njena Reddd Foxxx (featured on Zebra Katz’s “Ima Read”), who would later perform an electrifying show that had everyone hypnotized, including Skovgaard herself, who stood dancing front and center throughout.

 “We wanted to show beauty in darkness,” said director Mosafa, when asked about the film. And that, they did.  Take a look:

Meet Futuristic Footwear Designer Camilla Skovgaard Tonight!

There are few things in life that satisfy me more than a significantly well-structured shoe. Designers like Roger Vivier, Salvatore Ferragamo, and more recently Nicholas Kirkwood have the art of footwear construction down to a science and are painstakingly detailed in their designs. And while these well-known designers have paved the way for emerging footwear architects, there are also a few veteran international designers out there who are just starting to make real waves in America. Enter Camilla Skovgaard. The Danish-born designer started her career at the age of 20 when a French-owned company brought her to Dubai to design for the wives and daughter of sheikhs. After doing that for seven years, she moved to London to study shoe-making and quickly developed a distinct avant-garde approach to design. While still a student, Skovgaard received a prestigious nod from Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S. when they decided to buy her first footwear collection, further paving the way for what would become a thriving career in the industry.

Fresh off her win for Accessories Designer of the Year at the 2010 ELLE Style Awards in the UK, Skovgaard has arrived in NYC and is hosting a holiday trunk show at Elizabeth Charles tonight from 6pm-8pm. Meet the designer and take 30% off fall 2010 styles, 10% off resort 2011 styles, and pre-order pieces from her spring/summer 2011 collection. Tell her BlackBook sent you!

Thousand Dollar Look: Hundred Dollar Price

Looking like a celeb doesn’t have to cost you thousands. With a little creativity and research you can get that designer look without maxing out your Amex. You’ll be surprised how far a few hundred dollars can take you. After all, how much fun is a purchase if you’ll be eating ramen for a month to make up for it? I’ll admit: I also wanted a chance to rifle through ModCloth.com, which definitely has the best prices on the most adorable dresses. So put your credit card away. You can pay for this one in cash, baby!

The Look: Rachel Bilson mixes sweet with sassy in a Chanel Resort 2011 Beige Dress and Camilla Skovgaard Chain-Link Sandals at the Artist’s Museum Happening MOCA Los Angeles Gala.

The Steal: Mod Cloth Love Potion Dress, $119.99.

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Boutique 9 Eleina Leather Chain Sandals, $133.

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Forever 21 Black Clutch, $12.80.

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Add gold hoops and a ring to complete, and voila, a designer look for well under $300!