Couture allows ready-to-wear designers to go for broke with the most fabulous fabrications money can buy. But it’s not restricted to the runway. Last season, Roger Vivier debuted the limited-edition Rendez-Vous collection inspired by the no-holds-barred spirit of couture, creating luxe updates on several of the house’s classic styles. Rendez-Vous returns for Fall 2011 with a new collection Vivier creative director Bruno Frisoni unveiled in Paris last week.
The look may be couture-rarified, but the spirit is rock ‘n’ roll. “Rock!” Frisoni told Style.com about his inspiration for the new collection. “Think Keith Richards, with an intellectual twist and a thirties feel. I took Roger Vivier’s iconic pieces and reworked certain proportions and heels, adding the precious craftsmanship of Parisian artisans.” Ergo, a Punk clutch gets bedecked with feathers or and the Miss Viv snaked with twisting rope details (top). The classic Virgule (or Comma) Vivier heel gets tweaked to become the Vertigo, creating an architectural buttress so that, in Frisoni’s words, “functionality becomes a jewel and rock energy is added” (above). Sounds as though M. Frisoni is rocking to the same punky beat that’s inspired Jean Paul Gaultier this season. Crank it up!