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Wednesday, August 26, 2009


By Akshay Bhansali

Way back in February, I joined fellow MTV News team members Christina Garibaldi and Jocelyn Vena in accompanying Aubrey O'Day as she took in fittings with and walked the ramp for former Heatherette designer Richie Rich at New York Fashion Week. To commemorate the show, Rich teamed up with Vans shoes for a limited edition line worn on the catwalk. These kicks would not be hitting stores and only a few hundred pairs were made and handed out to attendees of the show. At the end of the show Rich promised us a pair and I was beginning to think it was another empty celeb promise. No big deal — you get used to it.

I may not get away with wearing a pair myself, but receiving my limited-edition pair of Richie Rich Vans in today's mail was the highlight of my afternoon. In typical Richie Rich fashion, these shoes are attention grabbers: covered with every color in the highlighter hue, Rich's signature logo, a big lipstick kiss and neon pink laces. There's no room for subtlety here. But that's why we love Richie Rich. Thanks to the homie Richie and Vans shoes for hooking me up and letting me believe in what famous people promise all over again.

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