Stuart Weitzman on Designing Lady Gaga's Shoes for Bowie Grammy Tribute

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Lady Gaga performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 

For her David Bowie tribute, Lady Gaga paired her custom Marc Jacobs Kansai Yamamoto-inspired outfit with simple Stuart Weitzman white oxford shoes. Billboard spoke to Weitzman about working with Gaga, who is known for wearing his designs -- read more about their collaborations on and off the red carpet in the exclusive interview below.

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What was the inspiration behind the shoe?

Her performance was a touching tribute to David Bowie and [for] his chic style, the Cuban heel menswear-inspired Oxford I designed seemed like it belonged in his closet.

How does it feel to have had one of your designs be a part of this tribute?

My desire was simple to give Lady Gaga what she needed to help feel the mood. It is certainly satisfying to know she felt my choice appropriate.

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What are the challenges in designing for performance versus red carpet?

Performance shoes are both for show as well as function. They are generally more unusual in design to balance the costume. Red carpet shoes are simply sexy.

Lady Gaga has worn your designs before. Is this your favorite moment?

Every moment with Gaga is a favorite moment!

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What’s your favorite Bowie song?

"Space Oddity" -- I loved the 70s. I was just out of college and when I hear his songs I think of that decade.

What does Lady Gaga mean to you?

Lady Gaga is an inspiration to anyone in any field. She exemplifies versatility and change in talent and personality.

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