>> IN PRODUCTION —Steven Madden scored a coup today, signing to do shoes for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's contemporary brand Elizabeth and James starting in mid-2009. The pairing may seem unexpected, but the Olsens, who are rapidly expanding into accessories for the label, will remain creative directors of the footwear collection — whether the shoes will have Balenciaga or Givenchy influence remains to be seen. Oh, and speaking of Olsens, Mary-Kate just arrived in Milan today — is there a Fashion Week appearance in the cards? [WWD, PopSugar]
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