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Allison Burns | Designer Allison Burns is a child of the 1970's, the last decade in America where anybody over the age of 30 remembers having fun. New York born-and-bred, Alison took up sewing at age 11 while her upbringing transported her from the "Big Apple" to the sunny beaches of California, then back again full circle as an adult to the bohemian enclaves of New York's East Village. Living in the heart of the downtown art and music scene, she rubbed elbows with drag queens and mingled with artists and rock stars as she developed her signature style, rife with echoes of the decade in which she came of age. "The decadent style and extravagant sprit of the 1970s made a lasting impression on me in every way," Allison says. "I learned how to wear black eyeliner, apply false eye lashes and walk in heels like a real woman should from drag queens" she laughs. Before launching her first collection, Allison was one of Hollywood's top make-up artists, with a celebrity resume that included Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne, Nancy Sinatra, Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Cyndi Lauper. Making clothing and accessories in her spare time, with her clients also her muses, Allison names several of what became her top selling items after the women who'd inspired her. Then, while on a job in 2001, Allison was convinced by morning anchorwoman Jillian Barberie to take the leap and produce her own collection and the rest is history... Today the Allison Burns collections are sold in more than 400 boutiques through the US and Japan. Allison's hands-on approach to design and detail are evident in every item; she hand picks the leathers, the zippers, even the gorgeous hot pink lining. Many of the Rock Gods and Goddesses that inspired Allison's bags have now become devoted fans of her line including, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper, Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie, Virginia Madsen, Lindsay Lohan, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore to only name a few. However, it was the gold "Faithfull" bag carried by Cameron Diaz that inspired an obsessive cult following for the brand. For Spring/Summer 2006 Allison raised the bar with the launch of her Deluxe Collection of handbags and shoes. Allison collaborated with her old friend, jewelry designer Michael Schmidt to create gold plated studded pyramids and collectable charms including razor blades, safety pins, flowers and skulls that are as rock-n-roll as they are classic. Although not in stores until February 2006 Deluxe is one of the most anticipated lines of handbags and shoes -and it's the shoes everyone is talking about..."I definitely have a shoe issue, I can never have enough! I am always searching for the perfect shoe, my favorite shoes by far is a wedge. The only problem is I could never find a comfortable one, so...I designed my own!"
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