Legendary Jewelry Designer Kenneth Jay Lane Collaborates With Via Spiga on a 25th Anniversary Shoe Collection
Kenneth Jay Lane, one of the most influential and successful American jewelry designers of our time, is lending his iconic style to Italian women's footwear brand Via Spiga with a small capsule collection to commemorate the brand's 25th anniversary. Kenneth has been around forever. The RISD grad began his career with a stint in Vogue's art department, where he started to realize his interest in accessory design. Although Lane's time at Vogue predated Diana Vreeland, the EIC would later wear his jewelry frequently, along with royalty, first ladies, and movie stars. Other fun facts: He was filmed for one of Andy Warhol's screen tests in 1966 and made Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List in 1974 (Perhaps Waris is following in his footsteps?). Also, before pioneering the elegant approach to costume jewelry that he would become known for, Lane designed shoes for Delman and Christian Dior, where he started playing around with rhinestone embellishments. Decades later, the 80-year-old designer is still going strong.