Last night, the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré was buzzing. The sounds that spilled over on to the posh street came from inside the Roger Vivier boutique and were courtesy of actress and musician Jeanne Marine who played her ukulele for a crowd of well-heeled fashion types. The occasion, however, is most of note. Attendants were present to celebrate the exclusive preview of the brand’s newest limited edition collection, Rendez-Vous. And by attendants, I mean everyone from Tod’s Group president, Stefano Sincini, Roger Vivier-brand ambassador, Ines de la Fressange, and the house’s creative director, Bruno Frisoni.
Frisoni took us to his personal office to give us a tour of the collection, walking us through each piece and explaining its creation. Haute Living dug deep, and questioned [him] on his use of new materials, interesting new approaches to design, and what existing references inspired the creations.
It turns out that the entire collection of shoes and handbags speaks to a rock and roll sensibility. Chains and chainmail, even crystal mesh was used to bedeck the pieces. And the fabrication was quite interesting as well. Wood and resin clutches painted with gold striping felt suddenly like pieces inspired by artist, Mondrian. In fact, there was a real life inspiration for everything including a bag made of knotted chiffon that Frisoni likened to a baby’s favorite blanket. A hyper thin black handbag named after the MacBook Air was amongst the most modern in the bunch.
Over all the fluidity made the pieces feel wearable in an organic way; incorporating movement whether by way of hanging chains, dangling beads or removable straps. The Swan Sandal, a very naked black stiletto topped with upright vulture feathers ranked amongst my favorite.
To see the collection yourself and pick up a piece before they’re forever gone visit your nearest Roger Vivier boutique. www.rogervivier.com