Thursday, August 28, 2008
We have a Winner!
Photo courtesy of Footwear News
What seems eons ago, I posted about a shoe design contest sponsored by Footwear News and Nine West called the FN Shoestar challenge. At that time there were 4 finalists, Ryan Baker, Melissa Cordero, Melanie Maggio, and Karen Hsieh. Well, after 6 months, a winner has finally been chosen. Melanie Maggio, 21, of Harrisonburg, VA.
In the final round of competition, Melanie and runner up, Ryan Baker were asked to each design a small collection that included 6 sketches of which one was to be physically implemented for retail purposes. Retailer, Jeffrey Kalinsky, (the one to impress) joined judges, Michael Atmore (FN), Fred Allard (Nine West), and Ellen Goldstein (FIT). Requirements were to bring a fresh perspective to the designer's style while simultaneously staying consistant with his or her vision.
When the dust cleared, it was Maggio's high fashion footwear that convinced the judges of her ability to please the customer.
For her efforts and extraordinary talent, Maggio received a Swarovski-studded award at a FFANY industry party held in New York, and a position as junior designer for Nine West. Second place winner, Ryan Baker received $1500.00.
Congrats to Melanie Maggio for a job well done!
The winning design