Ce Ce was recently asked by Footwear Plusabout her thoughts on the footwear industry and women in footwear.
See excerpt below:
“At a recent press preview, designer Ce Ce Chin of 80%20 voiced a mild beef with the industry: There are so few female leaders in the footwear industry, she mused—and that’s a pretty astonishing fact given the number of women in fashion overall. A resilient businesswoman who has built up her own brand from scratch, Chin said she’d love to see more women leave impressions as lasting as men like Kenneth Cole or Steve Madden.”
The Two Ten Footwear Foundation had the same sentiments and we were excited to learn about their recently launched national program Women In the Footwear Industry (WIFI) to elevate woman in footwear. The mission of the initiative is to “inspire, support, mentor and educate women in footwear.” After several meetings in Boston with women in footwear in 2008, a planning group was formed in New York to outline the program.
The foundation is co-chaired by Carol Baiocchi, Chair of the Two Ten Board of Directors and VP-DMM of Kohl’s Department Stores, and Diane Sullivan, President & COO of Brown Shoe Company.
Edge of Urge opened in Wilmington, NC in 2002 by clothing designer Jessie Williams. The store started out in a 400 square foot space filled with handmade clothing and accessories by Williams and other indie designers. Today Edge of Urge has evolved into two thriving businesses: Edge of Urge, the boutique and Edge of Urge, designs by Jessie Williams.
Jessie’s jewelry collection is unique and free spirited – we absolutely adore her designs. Although she has no formal training in clothing or textiles, her background in fine art and design (she attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago) gives her a deep appreciation and understanding of quality, individuality, color, form, lines, and texture.
The boutique strongly supports the handmade, DIY, innovative, and creative thinking. Their free-standing store is open 7 days a week or you can shop online anytime!
The latest work by Harley is for the UK-based Scandinavian band, Museum of Bellas Artes for the track, “Watch the Glow” available on a limited 7? single is out October 11th on Transparent. Pre-order here. We want to be at this dance party!
We’re looking forward to hearing more from Museum of Bellas Artes.
This past weekend we made our way down to Columbia, Maryland for Virgin Mobile Freefest. We spent over 12 hours outdoors, hanging out and listening to some amazing bands. I was on my feet for the majority of the day, thank goodness for my Adair hiking boots! They were covered in dirt by the end of the day!
There were lots of things to do on site in addition to live music. From the ferris wheel, to people walking tight ropes and free massages inside these tents below!
Converse had a booth that allowed concert goers to customize a new pair of Chucks.
One of the event sponsors, Kyocera rewarded event-goers who recycled at the event with tickets that could later be redeemed for prizes.
VM Live host Abbey Braden rocked the Montana, Black at the fest. Listen to Miss Braden’s VM Live show everyday streaming online here.
Neon Indian rocked the stage in the Dance Forest. Here’s Alan Palomo signing the guitar that went for auction. All proceeds went to the event’s cause to support and raise awareness of youth homelessness.
We were most excited to see Pavement. Stephen Malkmus is hotter than ever. They played all their hits from Shady Lane, Stereo and more.
But we have to hand it to LCD Soundsystem who rocked the Pavilion Stage and closed out the night. We dare say that LCD Soundsystem is one of the best live bands today. Everyone was on their feet dancing and singing along during their entire set.
Last year over $80,000 was raised and more than 30,000 hours of volunteer time to support the cause against youth homelessness. Since the festival is free, organizers do ask for a donation of $5 (which is totally reasonable). Learn more about VM FreeFest’s cause on the official website.
This year’s lineup is pretty impressive. I mean the lineup has PAVEMENT! We’re also looking forward to catching LCD Soundsystem, Yeasayer, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
If you’re in the Columbia, Maryland area – check out the festival! The festival is only 2o minutes outside of Baltimore. Gates open at 11AM, show end time is 10PM.
Have you been tuning into VIRGIN MOBILE LIVE, the music and entertainment stream available on Virgin Mobile websites? We dig it!
Get 24/7 access to awesome music, interviews, remixes, Virgin Mobile FreeFest news and more.
We’ll be at this year’s show! Which 80%20′s should we wear?
Solestruck.com launched in 2004 with the goal of offering the look, feel, and unique selection of a shoe boutique online. A small and independent retailer, their first warehouse was in their basement and they’re proud of it. Solestruck strives to make footwear special by carrying creative brands that push the envelope. They’re also looking to help their customers find timeless classics that will still look fresh in their wardrobe for years to come.
If you live in Portland, check out their retail location.
718 NW 11TH AVE.
PORTLAND, OR 97209
The “cray cray” that was New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 came to a close yesterday, with many show-goers such as myself sporting dark circles, over-sized sunglasses, and other signs of exhaustion over the last few days. Though I may have not gone to some of the most well-known designer shows (think Anna Sui, Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan), I tell myself that it is actually OK because anyone could end up seeing these collections at major department stores, such as Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s, anywhere in the country. Most of the designers that I saw were either local NYC designers, or brands that very few people have heard about, which actually makes it more worth it to go see these presentations in person and get a first-hand look at some collections that might be very hard to find at your local mall or even on that popular shin dig called the Internet. Every show and presentation I went to, I made sure to bring my camera along so I can snap up photos just for all you 80%20 blog followers! Below are some photos of my favorite outfits, pieces, and looks that I ran into on my “Tour de Fashion” this past week.
Julian Louie was inspired by his love of collage for his collection as he included unmatched hemlines and abstract cuts into about all of his pieces. My favorite piece was this silk satin dress with tassel embroidery in ivory and black. I love dresses that are in black and white, and with the addition of the copious amount of tassels, it helps push the dress closer to the world of couture yet still remaining a ready-to-wear piece.
NYC boutique International Playground was the host to Leila Sham’s presentation which also happens to stock the designer’s glam and edgy clothes as well. Her Spring/Summer collection was a small, but awesome one that will appeal to all sorts of shoppers and body types. I really liked all the pieces, especially the feathered mini skirt and the long-sleeved black mini-dress with multi-colored knit embroidery on the front.
This probably had to be my favorite collection as a whole this season. As I briefly mentioned before, I am a big fan of black and white colored garments (and red too!) Staerk had a whole lot of black and white going on in this collection in addition to throwing on some black lipstick on the models which I was a big fan of.
If Staerk was a young woman who was into modern art and the downtown NYC scene, and who also had a slightly older sister with a 9-to-5 desk job, and lived in fancy Uptown Manhattan – then this would be the collection for her.
My first impression of this collection was “Uptown Girlie” which does not quite appeal to my own personal style. I did appreciate the sets that were constructed for the presentation as it gave the show an Alice In Wonderland-esque feel to it. My favorite outfit was the black and ivory floating polka dots jersey asymmetric bubble chemise. The model’s hair who reminded me something out of a Dr. Seuss live action movie was pretty baller too. Next to that model was another model whose hair and make-up was really spot-on with the messy pin curls, red lips, and simply-defined eyes.
I first heard about Peter Jensen when I was reading an article about his Fall/Winter 2009 collection in the November 2009 issue of Elle UK. Ever since then I have been admiring a few of his pieces. For his Spring/Summer collection, Jensen uses lots of primary colors and invokes a boho chic, Señorita theme via the late 1960s/early 1970s. The yellow rain jacket was a highlight for me, as well as the long black sheer boho dress.
Pablo Ramírez is an Argentinian designer who showcased seven outfits during the Argentina Group show at Lincoln Center. He was the last designer to present in the showcase and I could understand why – his collection really put on a show and ended the presentation with a bang! If you have ever seen old videos of fashion collections from the late 60s from designers like Pierre Cardin where their designs were far-out and surreal, that is what Pablo Ramírez‘s designs reminded me of. I really did adore those Cat In The Hat meets Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s black hats. Those hats are an example of what is missing from most runway shows today – some sort of shock factor or something over-the-top to keep the audience entertained and wanting more. I guess I should just wait till the couture collections come down the catwalks in Paris to get my avant-garde fashion fix!
Overall, I was surprised by many designers incorporating black and white in a majority of their collections for the Spring/Summer season. One would expect to see light colors, pastels, bold, rich hues; just more color in general for the warmer seasons. But then again, I am glad that black and white will be a popular color combo for the Spring and Summer as they always have done me justice! If you want proof just look at my Nory, Small Giraffe 80%20 shoes in the photo of me at the top of this post!! There is no way I could have survived Fashion Week without the comfort and chicness of those babies.
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