Are Hayden Panettiere and Michelle Trachtenberg the Next Celebrity Designers?

09/20/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Trachtenberg for Stuart Weitzman
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Ever wonder how much shoe game young Hollywood has? PEOPLE checked in with Hayden Panettiere and Michelle Trachtenberg at the unveiling of Stuart Weitzman’s Young Hollywood Cares collection during Fashion’s Night Out to get the scoop on staying well-heeled.

“It’s like wearing stilts, but they look good,” chuckled Hayden Panetierre about the stacked platform booties she co-designed with Stuart Weitzman. “That’s the great thing about the wedge in the front. It gives that illusion that your foot is tilted much more than it is.” And unlike some celebrity collaborations, creating the $498 “Hayden” was a labor filled with love. The star, who said her involvement was “just shy of stitching,” came to New York solely to support the collection, the proceeds of which benefit Dr. Marsha Moses’ pioneering research in ovarian cancer.

Trachtenberg spouts an equally straightforward style philosophy. Rocking a gunmetal gray shift and her “Michelle” pumps — a deep purple calfskin platform — the Gossip Girl star confided, “I don’t really follow trends. If you walk out of the fitting room like, ‘I don’t know,’ and a salesperson has to convince you to buy it, you’re never going to wear it and it’s going to sit in your closet.”

And all of this designing business has at least one up-and-comer thinking bigger picture: “My friend and I make necklaces,” Panetierre couldn’t help but reveal of her “underground” jewelry collection, Chain Gang. “They are beads, almost looks like a rosary, except it’s got all these different charms on it and we make them by hand.”

Justine Harman


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