Word on the street is that Rihanna is close to inking a seven-figure deal to design for Puma. "She is going to have her own coordinator to go to at Puma who only handles her, and they'll have a junior coordinator helping them," an insider revealed to the New York Daily News. "The focus is shoes, but she will also be helping with pants and tops."
Good grief! Vans has teamed up with iconic comic strip Peanuts on a capsule collection of kicks for fall. Vault by Vans x Peanuts takes it back over three decades to reissue two vintage prints created to commemorate the opening of Camp Snoopy in Knott's Berry Farm in 1983 and used on Vans footwear sold exclusively at the Southern California amusement park. Fall '14 revives the long-gone prints on a selection of Vault by Vans Original Classics in a range of adult and toddler sized sneakers.
As temperatures start to soar across the states, Vancouver-based Native Shoes unveils its Summer '14 collaboration with Issey Mikaye's Pleats Please label. Using the classic Jericho Women's silhouette as a starting point, both brands' design teams kept it "lite" in a mostly pastel palette punched with pops of coral and blue to bow a collection that speaks to the functional minimalism at the core of both companies' DNA. "Native Shoes and Pleats Please share a common belief that fashion should be light and easy to move in: simple, stylish and comfortable," explains the Pleats P
Last night at Green Table in New York City's Chelsea Market, the Original Muck Boot Company celebrated the launch of the Muck B 1802, its first ever fashion collaboration with Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, also known as the Fabulous Beekman Boys. "Brent and Josh have built a brand considered by Epicurious to be 'the next Martha Stewart' and one that exemplifies the growing trend that is modern farming," says Sean O'Brien, global director of footwear.
Spanish lifestyle brands Camper and Pretty Ballerinas have come together to bow a couple of limited-edition ballet flats for spring. Camper's creativity and comfort is applied to two Pretty Ballerina signature styles in soft shades of suede with pops of fluorescent pink on zig-zag lacing and ribbon trims. The collection hits store mid-April.
Vans has collaborated with A.skate, a non-profit created to introduce kids with autism to the engaging and therapeutic effects of skateboarding, to deliver the Era Laceless Pro. The shoe features Vans Pro Skate performance upgrades plus the added benefit of an easy closure option. Custom "Obsessed to Skate" insole artwork by Jay Croft calls out autism's obsessive tendencies and brings awareness to A.skate's mission to channel that energy through skateboarding. "Autism, like skateboarding, can be unpredictable and oftentimes unruly," says Crys Worley, founder of A.skate Foundation.
Fashion blogger The Man Repeller (aka Leandra Medine) has partnered with Superga on a collection of cool kicks for fall. True to the blogger's quirky flair, each pair comes with a set of longer laces to tie around the ankle a la Medine herself. From a velvet hi-top ($145) to a metallic boucle lo-top ($140), this isn't your run-of-the-mill sneaker collaboration.
High fashion meets high street yet again: Popular shoe chain Aldo is the latest to hop on the collaboration bandwagon, teaming up with emerging designers on a capsule collection hitting stores on March 8. JW Anderson, Faster by Mark Fast, Libertine and Preen lend their eye to fancy footwear as part of the store's Rise program, a scheme that launched in 2010 with the aim of bringing up-and-coming British-based talent to a global stage. All styles retail for $155. Visit www.aldorise.com.