Taylor Tomasi Hill (or TTH as she’s come to be known) is one of those fashion girls who seems to be doing a million things at once: As the artistic director at Moda Operandi, she is responsible for the shopping site’s editorial content; you probably know her best from looking at any street style blog–where her scarlet hair and standout style make her an easy target; but you might not know that she’s also the creative consultant for Sigerson Morrison shoes. Yep, that’s a lot of (very stylish) hats.
So last evening, at the Bowery Hotel, Sigerson Morrison presented their (vast) fall collection at a party hosted by Tomasi Hill and the Street Peeper’s Phil Oh. And while we overheard TTH tell a fellow editor that she was on a “cleanse day” her enthusiasm for the shoe label overpowered any (probable) faintness she was feeling after a day filled with only juice.
“It wasn’t necessarily about changing [Sigerson Morrison], it was about taking a brand and moving it in a direction that targets more women—especially differentiating Belle [the label’s diffusion line] as the two collections were overlapping a lot,” she told us. “These are shoes that cater to different times in a woman’s life.”
Though when we prodded to see what it felt like to make a move towards designing, Tomasi was careful in emphasizing that, “I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a designer, I’m a consultant. I don’t even know how to draw [laughs], so I sit with a drawer and say adjust that heel here or fix that strap.” [Ed. note: What about that collection for Lane Crawford?]
The shoes themselves are a fitting transition for a brand whose strappy designs helped to define the sexier fashions of the 90’s. There is still plenty of sex appeal—after all, no one loves a beautiful heel more than Tomasi, who’s Alaia wedding shoes were so fantastic that she once wore them to a show in Bryant Park, an outfit that was to be immortalized by The Sartorialist’s crafty lens. “I really respect a minimal
clean line on shoes,” she said.
What was most evident was the collection’s range: There were boots of every height and shape, heels with straps, heels with steel toes, flats, loafers, and more. And in case you were wondering, Tomasi claimed a set of metallic loafers as her favorites in the lot.