Celebrity sisters and fashion superstars Angela and Vanessa Simmons rocked the SLS Hotel last night in Beverly Hills at their scrumptious Pastry Shoes Barbie So In Style launch party…Which was 100% pure fabulosity. Because there’s star-studded…and then there’s Simmons-studded. Translation: Imagine a combination of fancy and all-star cool and then kick it up a few thousand notches. Launch party-goers included Tori Spelling (complete with a Bravo camera crew)…former Miss USA Ali Landry…and a zillion rising Nickelodeon and Disney stars. And awesome alert: guests were treated to everything from their very own pair of Pastry Shoes (mmm!)…to liquid nitrogen-frozen strawberry daiquiris. Double mmm.
The design mavericks first shot to stardom after appearing alongside their very famous family in the wildly popular TV series “Run’s House.” Post-Run’s House, they’ve powered on to create their visually electrifying fashion line, Love Pastry. Their shoe division aka Pastry Shoes (hello, best name ever) features life-transforming sneaks. Slip a pair on, and you’ll feel an instant dose of style and hip hop star swagger. Bonus: You can snap up a pair of your own Simmons kicks for under $30. Viva Pastry Shoes! And hence, that’s exactly why the Simmons sisters just teamed up with the ultimate fashion icon aka Barbie, to create their new shoe collection – inspired by Barbie So In Style.
The savvy, fun, gracious and big time glamorous creative fireballs took a time-out from the launch party to talk about everything from the top business lesson Rev taught them…to how they design the coolest shoes on the planet.
MM: Your outfits are all out enchanting…
Angela Simmons and Vanessa Simmons: Designer Chris March from “Project Runway” created them. He’s awesome and designs way over the top things. So, we knew that he’d design something creative for our Barbie outfits.
MM: Your father is a business tycoon. What’s the best business lesson he taught you?
VS: I think the best business lesson that our dad taught us is the importance of being yourself. He always told us “be yourself, be your best, and forget the rest.”
MM: What’s the process of designing the coolest shoes on the planet?
AS: Our best results come when everyone’s having fun and when we’re enjoying ourselves. And most importantly, when stress is low. You can’t think when there’s too much stress.
VS: It goes from concept…to breaking a mold…to having the mold sent to China. Then, when it’s put all together, we go through the process of change. Design is a long process but it’s so fun. When you get to see the final product, it’s awesome and worth it.
MM: Do you blast music to inspire you when designing? Maybe a little “It’s Tricky?”
VS: [laughs] No. I have to look at TV when I’m designing because it inspires me.
MM: What are your favorite fashion-inspiring TV shows?
VS: “Gossip Girl”, “Vampire Diaries”, “Hellcats.” Anything that’s fun, colorful, and full of life…Because that’s what Pastry Shoes is all about it.
MM: Is Barbie a sneaker or high heel girl?
AS: She likes a little bit of everything…but I think deep down, her favorite would be the Paris Lover sneaker.
MM: What’s next for Pastry Shoes?
VS: We’re very excited about having these Barbies right now! And we’re expanding. We’re working with basketball technology to develop work-out sneakers, so basketball might be next!
Note: Attention, Carmelo Anthony and fellow Knicks, the secret to dominating the play-offs next year may be simply picking up a pair of Pastry sneakers. Get on it.