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CULTURE, FASHION / December 6 2011 11:00 AM

Vogue Goes all Project Runway with a Car Part Design Challenge

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Some people will do anything to get into Vogue. Those people are wise. Like shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo, who accepted Vogue‘s challenge to create a pair of wedges out of car parts. We’re not talking about parts from, say, a beat up ol’ El Camino, no no. These parts come from the new Lexus CT Hybrid, which in and of itself is 90% recyclable. Watch the magic happen.  

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FASHION / August 26 2011 2:18 PM

A Shoe Is Born: Three Fashion Films with Heels in the Reel

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Fashion films are all the rage nowadays, with every house fulfilling their Hollywood dreams with artsy pieces and their clothes in the starring role. But what about the shoes? Can we talk about the shoes? Don’t they deserve their own time in the cinematic spotlight? Well, Charlotte Olympia, Alejandro Ingelmo and Méchante of London are filling that void with their own shorts with the heel at center stage.

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FASHION / May 27 2011 12:02 PM

2011 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees & Honorees Announced

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Last night, The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the nominees and honorees for the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards at an event hosted by Nadja Swarovski and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg. See all of the nominees and a selection of images from the program that will be given to guests at the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 6th after the jump.

2011 CFDA Fashion Awards Nominees & Honorees Announced

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BACKSTAGE / August 19 2010 6:04 PM

Harper’s Bazaar Presents the Accessories Bazaar at New York Fashion Week

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Harper's Bazaar, with the support of the CFDA, is helping a handful of the world's most promising emerging accessories designers by providing the opportunity to showcase their work alongside the best of American fashion during the New York Fashion Week Collections with the first Accessories BAZAAR, sponsored by Willow Club, at Avery Fisher Hall.  The exhibit will also highlight key Spring 2011 accessories from established designers such as Phillip Lim, Thakoon, Ralph Lauren, Jason Wu, Rag and Bone, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein.

Featuring the Spring 2011 collections of 18 jewelers, milliners, footwear, handbag and small leather goods designers including Alexis Bittar, Philip Crangi, Albertus Swanepoel, Alejandro Ingelmo, Fenton’s Dana Lorenz, Pamela Love and Dean Harris in a gallery-like setting, the Accessories BAZAAR is right in Lincoln Center, where the international press and representatives from the world’s most important retailers will be gathered to see what New York’s runways have in store for the season. The exhibit kicks off with a cocktail party on Monday evening to celebrate the participating designers, and will be open all day Tuesday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 15th to Fashion Week attendees.

Photo credit: SPEC Entertainment 

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Harpers Bazaar Presents the Accessories Bazaar at New York Fashion Week

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GIRLS / August 25 2008 8:42 AM

Interviews of Fashion: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Nominee, Alejandro Ingelmo

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Interviews of Fashion: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Nominee, Alejandro Ingelmo

When an Olsen starts wearing your shit, you better be ready for some CFDA attention. Alejandro Ingelmo is the single shoe designer who’s on the nomination list for this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, and his collection of sky high stilettos, metallic sneakers, and intricate strap-on heels is garnering some major attention for this young, Cuban-born designer. WWD got up close and personal with the designer to discuss his history and life pre-recognition. 

 

WWD: You’re a fourth-generation cobbler. Did you feel pressure to enter the family business?

Alejandro Ingelmo: No, just the opposite. My family disowned me for about a year when I moved to New York because they felt that I was a traitor to the family [for leaving] Miami. I ended up borrowing money from my father, and he said to me, “I’m going to help you out because you did everything I told you not to do, and you succeeded.” But it’s hard. I don’t sleep now at night because of this whole CFDA thing. It’s very hard to put myself out there and apply for these things. Who wants to be judged?

WWD: What was your first break?

A.I.: I quit Parsons and started making samples, and then I cold-called Bergdorf Goodman, a design merchandiser there. I was like, “Oh, I have an appointment with Barneys and Saks, you know, can you make some time for me?” I didn’t have any appointments. She said, “I don’t really have much time.” And I told her I really wanted to show her my shoes, and she said, “OK, well, I can squeeze you in.” And I got my Northface duffel bag, threw all the shoes in there and jumped on the subway. They bought the line. They were the first.

Interviews of Fashion: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Nominee, Alejandro Ingelmo
Strapped and Ready for Action

WWD: Many of your shoes have an S&M quality to them, with lots of straps. How did that come about?

A.I.: A lot of it has to do with the covering of the foot — from a technical aspect, the foot has to have a lot of support, but I also feel like there’s something that’s so sexy about a woman who’s not showing everything. It’s the same with the feet — it’s always that play of having something that holds the foot but you’re still showing skin. The front is covered, so even if you have ugly feet, you can wear it.

Interviews of Fashion: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Nominee, Alejandro Ingelmo

WWD: And now a lot of celebrities are wearing your shoes.

A.I.: Let me tell you something: I go to Starbucks every day, and I wear my shoes. And there’s a Starbucks guy who saw my sneakers and he was like, “Oh my God, those shoes are hot!” He asked where he can get them, and I said like, well, I make them, so if you want I’ll let you know the next time there’s a sample sale. A month went by, I went back, and he said to me, “What’s up, I bought your shoes!” And I told him he shouldn’t have, that I would have told him when there was a sample sale. And he said that he wanted them so bad, he just got them. That means more than the famous people.

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