Lena Dunham Ventures into Fashionable Footwear

Lena Dunham Ventures into Fashionable Footwear

America’s favorite outspoken actress introduces a quirky new footwear collaboration to benefit Young Women Empowered.

America’s favorite outspoken actress introduces a quirky new footwear collaboration to benefit Young Women Empowered.

Text: Kate Ramsay

Today marks the release of the outspoken writer and television star's first artistic collaboration in the world of fashion. According to her blog, Lenny Letter, Lena Dunham has designed a line of sneakers featuring original illustrations by Joana Avillez for the skateboarding lifestyle brand, Lakai. The duo worked together to benefit Young Women Empowered, a charity organization that encourages creativity and freedom of speech in young women.

Dunham's shoe design is a manifestation of her own tendency towards eccentric footwear. “If I see fur, an illustration, a color that wouldn’t normally be on your foot, it will be in my closet,” she said. After a conversation with friend and director Spike Jonze, Dunham was inspired to venture into the world of designing. “I told Spike Jonze about my love for skate shoes and he said ‘you can totally design one!” she said. Jonze connected her with Lakai, a company he had invested in in their early days.

From afar, the sneakers are simplistic in design; however, a closer look reveals a whimsical scene of women riding bicycles. “You get close and realize there are a million fascinating little women on the shoe, which is sort of a metaphor for the Young Women Empowered. I saw these teenage girls and I thought I knew what they were about and then I got closer and there’s some extreme creative magic happening there,” says Dunham.

Dunham hopes her design appeals to every girl and fits in their own style.

Credits: Photos under copyright of Lena Dunham x Lakai.

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