Design Director, Marc Jacobs Shoes. New York
Irene Chung knows shoes. Period. We thought we knew shoes, what with our avid exploration of some of the finer footwear wardrobes out there and our Net-A-Porter wish list overflowing with Sophia Websters, Louboutins and Saint Laurents, but no, Chung has got us beat. We mean, we kind of already knew she was somewhat (somewhat) of an expert with her role as design director of Marc Jacobs shoes. (So, yeah, those croc-embossed boots from the fall show; those slides for spring; the mod, quilted ankle booties from the show before that; and on and on—all Chung. Talk about a dream job.) But nothing prepared us for the veritable shoe fetishist’s feast that greeted us when we arrived at the designer’s Tribeca apartment. Let’s just say our Coveteur alerts were at a Level 10—Chung’s was a seriously quality shoe collection (not to say quantity wasn’t there, too; there were plenty of pairs to go around). And it wasn’t just about Marc Jacobs either, though seeing her designers altogether made for one impressive portfolio statement. Chung pretty much had every shoe that’s made an impression in the past five years, from Céline’s fur-lined slides (in red and blue, bien sûr) and Rochas’ bedazzled sling-backs to Prada’s printed Tevas and Marni’s jewel-encrusted sandals. And guys, that’s saying nothing about her bags (CHANEL, Hermès, Marc Jacobs) and clothes (Prada, Alaïa and, again, Marc Jacobs). But, as Chung herself joked to us, “I literally am ‘the old lady that lived in a shoe…’” We mean, we can think of way worse things.