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Madonna’s brother puts the boot in


CHRISTOPHER CICCONE – brother of Madonna – showcased the Ciccone collection of shoes during London Fashion Week. This is the first foray into footwear design for Christopher, whose creative flair is usually reserved for the more classic arts of painting, photography and art direction as well as interior and furniture design. When shoe company Novesta approached him, asking him to design a collection, he admits he had reservations at first. “It came out of the blue – it’s not something I ever planned on doing,” he


says. “I’m not a shoe designer – I have never been. I never really thought about shoes to be honest but when they told me they were looking for an artist as opposed to a designer for a brand collection, then it made sense to me. “So I literally emptied my closet and looked at everything from a completely different perspective – asking myself: ‘Why did I buy these and why do I wear them?’” The aim with this collection, says Christopher, was to “think outside the


shoe box”.


“I tried to figure out what would be comfortable on somebody’s feet, what would be cool to have, fun to wear, and a shape that was unlike anything else that is out there.” The result is a fashionable yet functional collection of shoes


combining leather, rubber and canvas. Over several months, Christopher and Novesta developed a special scrollwork layering process, which gives a sharp three-dimensional effect on the boots and features bold colours and graphic designs. Perhaps best known for his vision and collaborations with his sister (he served as creative director on numerous tours and music videos) and his book Life With My Sister Madonna, Christopher says his new venture is merely a creative extension of his work. “It’s not so different from designing a home, a stage or a piece of furniture,” he says. “People have to be able to live in them.” Having Madonna as his sister has its advantages and disadvantages, says Christopher when I ask if has helped or hindered him. “It’s both things – it can go both ways, but in the end, it’s the way things are,” he says. “I try my best to remain positive about the way things have evolved and as far as I am concerned everything is great.” Has she seen the collection yet? “I don’t think she has – but she will.”


Christopher says he hopes the collection will evolve into a lifestyle brand and would love to open a store in London. In Mayfair? “It will absolutely be in Mayfair,” he says.


b store duo’s new shop


MATTHEW MURPHY and Kirk Beattie, formerly of retail destination b store, have started a new venture in the same shop at 21 Kingly Street.


The idea behind The Other Shop, as with b store, is to support and showcase emerging or unknown designers. Those brought on board include MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, Sophie Hulme, and Boboutic. The walls and windows will become a gallery for photography, sculpture, painting and illustration. b store, founded over a decade ago by Jose Neves, has now moved to an online-only store focusing on both own-brand footwear and collaborations. It will also continue to be stocked in prestigious regional and international stores, including The Other Shop.


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