Shoe designer Jean-Michel Cazabat undoubtedly has a certain “look.” It’s one of toughness, but with a certain sparkly glamor that only a Frenchman could pull off. For his inaugural New York Fashion Week presentation, the cobbler enlisted Rick Owens aficionado Becka Diamond as a spokesmodel of sorts. The scenester posed with Cazabat in a pair of sharp booties, further reinforcing the fashion crowd’s love of his aesthetic.
We caught up with Cazabat post-show:
Fashionista: What was it like to do your first presentation?
Jean-Michel Cazabat: It was really great to be able to show in a such beautiful environment [a Chelsea penthouse]. The light, the volume of the room, the high ceiling , the terrace…wonderful for showing your collection to press.
What was your focus for the season?
It was a mixed of organic materials, such as rope, leather-strap bondage, and the ocean (we used a lot of fish skin, such as Sting Ray and Tilapia).
People love your look. Would you ever consider doing a mass capsule collection?
It’s something I always keep in the back of my mind. Definitely one day in the future.
Click through for a gallery of some looks from Jean-Michel Cazabat’s Spring 2011 collection.