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Among the Most Widely Distributed Designer Footwear Labels in America, Abaeté for Payless, Lela Rose for Payless, and alice + olivia for Payless Fall Collections Hit the Runway.  Payless is on a mission to democratize fashion and design in footwear and accessories. The Payless Designer Collections -- seasonal lines of original footwear and handbags created by fashion designers – are a key piece of that strategy.

Abaete for Payless February 2008

Alice + Olivia for Payless February 2008

Lela Rose for Payless February 2008

Unveiled at the Abaeté runway show and mirroring her inspirations for the fall 08 ready-to-wear (RTW) line, Laura Poretzky’s eighth shoe and accessory collection for Payless will incorporate medieval influences such as metal and stud detailing combined with soft silhouettes that channel ’30s designer Madam Gres. The interplay of hard and soft textures will pop with a robust range of colors inspired by James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room. Two pumps, a bootie, and two handbags styles will hit the runway in black, brown, midnight blue, armor grey, copper and pewter featuring draped, pleated satins and crepes combined with leather trim and perfectly placed pewter and copper studs.

The fall 08 Lela Rose collection focuses on the venturesome woman characterized by modern agility. Rose’s “Sporty Cocktail” inspiration has been a strong theme in her Payless shoe collection and factors heavily into her fifth collection for Payless. The designer presents an elegant twist on “sport” with a sophisticated palette of vibrant colors such as mallard green, cardinal red, and goldfinch. Four pumps, a wedge and two flat styles hit the runway with Lela’s signature focus on interesting and unique fabrics, such as casual ribbed wool with elegant satin combinations.

Stacey Bendet will reveal her third shoe collection with Payless at a presentation at the alice + olivia store across from Bryant Park. Bendet presents her fall 08 RTW via a “Breakfast in Bed” theme that showcases four different alice + olivia women at their sexiest moments in the morning. Bendet’s footwear collection combines ‘60s pop colors, ‘70s silhouette references and brocade and silk fabrications to add edge to the feminine apparel. The shoes include four boots, a mary jane wedge and a mary jane flat. The footwear transcends across all the RTW looks in the fall collection, punctuating each outfit with unique silhouettes, strong styling details, bold colors and high shine with patent and laminated fabrics.

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