Studio Tour: Tabitha Simmons®

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up Tabitha Simmons, the English-born shoe designer and stylist, invited us to her Chelsea studio to reveal an envy-inducing number of shoes and a little boy’s hat made of vintage Cracker Jack charms that was totally, well, charming.
Among shelves of coffee table books and an assortment of graciously pinned-up thank-you notes from designers like Jack and Lazaro of Proenza Schouler and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, it’s the sixteen or so racks holding 500 pairs of shoes that steal the show. “I think the DNA of my shoe is something that’s quite chic and whimsical. It always has that sort of slight British quip to it,” says Simmons.

The shoe manufacturing happens in Italy, but it’s here in Simmons’s office where the creative process of reviewing swatches and sketches begins. “I don’t really have a desk, I guess. I’m always sitting somewhere other than my desk or on the floor, cutting,” she says. “I’m never in one place.”

Most of Simmons’s office is a clean palette—big white sofas, freshly painted white walls, huge picture windows. Even the hundreds of shoes and clear bins stacked 20 high of styling accessories are concealed by a large curtain. Perhaps this is an effort to keep her working space somewhat neutral, since in addition to shoe design, Simmons is a stylist for Vogue and finds herself ping-ponging between Milan and Paris for shoots. “I try to keep styling and shoe design in two different heads,” she says. “I think the thing about having a background in design is that it just makes you very aware of the details and what’s around you. And from there you just get to work.”
Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Read more about the lead-up to the launch of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collections here.

And to shop the exclusive Tabitha Simmons shoe collection and the rest of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designs, click here.

It’s Party Time

on Tuesday night at Lafayette restaurant, Jenna co-hosted a dinner with Vogue fashion news director Mark Holgate to celebrate our launch of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund capsule collections.
Jenna chats with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour.
Mark Holgate talks with our head of merchandising, Laura Willensky.
Bouquets of peonies lined the long tables in the subterranean dining
room at Lafayette.
A bespectacled crew: our head men’s designer, Frank Muytjens, The Elder Statesman’s Greg Chait and head women’s designer, Tom Mora.
Tom and jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire.
Jennifer admires actress Sunrise Ruffalo’s jewelry.
Shoe designer Tabitha Simmons and jewelry designer Philip Crangi.

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

To shop all the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collections, click here.

Gatsby Fever

we admit, for months we’d been counting down the days leading up to the release of Baz Luhrmmann’s The Great Gatsby. in honor of the movie’s debut and our soon-to-be-released CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund capsule collections, we’re taking a look back at last fall’s Fashion Fund competition—a finalist challenge sponsored by Tiffany & Co. that fittingly asked the designers for their own take on Gatsby style…
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Party photography by Hannah Thomson.

All other photography by Bryan Derballa.

Be one of the first to shop the limited-edition CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collections on May 21st by signing up for our pre-sale here. Then explore more of our CFDA Vogue/Fashion Fund partnership here.

Sneak Peek: Show and Tell
as we get ready to launch our capsule collections with this year’s CFDA/Vogue
Fashion Fund winner and runners-up, we’re giving you a glimpse into their own
creative spaces and what inspires them most. (psst, there’s more to come in
the weeks ahead…)
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Photography by Bryan Derballa

Check back here as we count down to our capsule launches on May 22nd for details
on how to pre-order the collections before they hit stores and online.

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