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Jennifer Lopez on Designing Her First Shoe Collection With Giuseppe Zanotti

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Giuseppe Zanotti and Jennifer Lopez

What can't she do?

It's no secret that Jennifer Lopez is a woman of many talents: singer, dancer (those moves!), actress, producer, author, fashion designer and, now, shoemaker (of the sky-high stiletto variety, of course). The performer's much-hyped collection with footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti finally launched Tuesday.

Lopez, who has no problem working a red carpet or a stage in statement-making heels, said she looked to Zanotti's expertise when creating the sexy collection.

"When you work with an artist like Giuseppe, who's so skilled and all about the details, you just learn so much. I'd be like, 'Can't we just do it like this?' and he's like, 'Hmm, no,' " Lopez told The Hollywood Reporter while recalling the design process. "I'd be like, 'Should we make the straps skinnier in the front?' and he's like, 'No,' " but then I'd ask, 'Can we add crystals here?' and he'd say, 'Yes.' "

Zanotti added that it was "easy to work [with Lopez] when you have a connection and are close to the artist. It's like a Bluetooth."

The duo celebrated their collaboration Thursday evening at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, where they were greeted by an excited group of shoe lovers ready to shop and snap photos all night. The evening also kicked off an unveiling of window displays decorated with Lopez's most memorable onstage costumes and red-carpet moments (that down-to-there Versace gown she wore to the 2000 Grammys, the one that changed red-carpet dressing forever, is included).

 

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Priced from $795 to $2,995, the 15-piece Giuseppe x Jennifer collection includes the "Jen," a cutout, open-toe suede bootie; the "Leslie," a minimalist sandal with wraparound ankle straps; the "Emme High," a gladiator high-heel sandal with straps that wrap from the ankle to the knee; the "Emme," a flat sandal with wraparound ankle straps and back zipper; the "Lynda," a corset-style, lace-up open-toe bootie; and the "Tiana," a wedge sneaker embellished with crystals.

The names of the shoes all come from members of Lopez's family, including daughter Emme and older and younger sisters Leslie and Lynda.

"My family is my stability. They're so solid for me," explained Lopez, clad in a white Cushnie et Ochs dress and the "Leslie" heels (her favorite pair from the collection). "When you think of shoes, you think of being grounded. There was a connection there for me."

Looking back, Lopez shared that her favorite part about the process was spending time with Zanotti.

"Being able to talk to someone about what they do was an honor and a blessing. It's like working with any artist — when I work with other musical artists or actors, it's like sharing that thing, that expertise with them," she said. "And I'm not an expert in this field. I can only bring to the table my own sensibilities, but it was a beautiful experience."

In addition to her shoe collection, Lopez's other projects include Shades of Blue (the second season returns to NBC on March 5), World of Dance (coming this spring on NBC), Bye Bye Birdie (a live musical slated for this year on NBC), a Las Vegas residency show at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and a Spanish-language album with ex-husband Marc Anthony that's due out in 2017.

The Giuseppe x Jennifer is available in Giuseppe Zanotti Design stores worldwide and on giuseppezanottidesign.com, as well as at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom.

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