Shoe Designer Chloe Gosselin Unveils New Film at NYFW Soiree

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Gosselin and fiancé David Copperfield hosted an initimate gathering to premiere a short film showcasing Gosselin's luxury shoes on Thursday night.

"It's so great to be in my home and show the movie," said footwear designer Chloe Gosselin on Thursday night at an intimate affair inside the Upper East Side penthouse she shares with fiancé and notable illusionist David Copperfield for the premiere of a short film showcasing her latest collection.

"A woman who would kill for my shoes," said the designer, who counts Taylor Swift and Kate Winslet as fans since her debut in early 2014, of the concept for the film. Each piece is named after a poisonous flower, inspired by Gosselin’s "ultimate muse" Tori Amos and her song "Datura," featured in the short. "I named a pump after that song, so it’s pretty amazing to be able to use it."

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Guests were handed champagne as they were welcomed into a vintage arcade collector’s dream — a room filled with antique, penny and nickel-operated machines and games (that Copperfield demonstrated from time to time) — where the film, which showcases the designer’s signature sandals and pumps, was featured, playing on loop. Upstairs, surrounded by whimsical wooden objects and amid a New York City skyline, Leigh Lezark of The Misshapes was spinning, as friends, models and the likes of Vanity Fair’s George Wayne, Paper magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman, V Magazine fashion editor Tom Van Dorpe, and Tales of Endearment’s Natalie Joos mingled and viewed the collection up close.

"I love to feel like it’s a family affair," Gosselin said of the project, a collaboration with director Jennifer Massaux ("Jennifer is amazing. We built the story together.") and cinematographer Todd Heater, featuring model Elise Crombez, who dons clothing from Shannon Hoey’s New York Vintage — all of whom are personal friends of the director.

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"I really admire her as an artist," said Massaux of Gosselin. "For me, as the director, I tried to ingrain the inspiration — the idea of a serial killer poisoning her victims and always leaving a flower behind — for people to emerge into her world."