The Stylesight footwear team had the pleasure to be present for the occasion, as well as get a few minutes with the man of the hour for a quick Q & A.
Q: Tell us about your inspiration for F/W 13.
A: It’s a winter collection, and I wanted [it] to be protective, feminine, something to keep you out of the winter, and makes you feel comfortable and cozy and warm. Strong and confident also. [Because] in the winter you feel very vulnerable I wanted something very feminine to give [this] sophistication and femininity and trying to protect and to be nice.
Q: You don’t follow trends, and most of your shoes are statement shoes. Do you try to balance the collection by adding a few classic pieces?
A: I think classic there’s two types of shoes in a collection: there are shoes that you want to make a statement, and when a woman wears it she wants others to notice it. But sometimes you want the perfect shoe that just finishes your silhouette, easy and not anything you have think about and it represents your own image of yourself. So I try to have both in my collections.
Q: Any footwear designers that you admire or have inspired you in your career?
A: Perugia in the 50s. It’s difficult because I’m always trying to make [my line] different, so you can’t be different and be inspired by someone else. But in the beginning, I also really liked Walter Steiger, he has very clean lines and pure design.
Q: What shoe should every woman own?
A: The perfect pump that fits you well with the right heel height. I don’t think high heels look right on shorter women, I prefer them on taller women. I know it’s contradictory and a bit unfair (laughs).
Q: What shoe should every woman avoid?
A: Crocs and Uuuuuuuggggggggs! Please don’t! Stop!
Q: What was your proudest shoe moment?
A: The first time Nicole Kidman wore [my shoes] at the Oscars. It was unexpected and it was a big compliment. She looked beautiful.
Q: Is there a shoe you never thought you would own but is sitting in your closet right now?
A: Some sneakers. Very sporty shoes in fluo color (neon). At my age it’s very “techno dad.” But I love them and bought a few of them.
In addition to greetings fans and avid shoe lovers, Mr. Hardy also autographed guests’ personal Hardy heels and gifted them with a personalized sketch. Charming, witty and incredibly talented, it’s easy to see how he has developed such a big following.