September 2 2014

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Melissa Shoes and the Campana Brothers Have a Fan in Marina Abramovic


Marina Abramovic“I feel like a pop star!” exclaimed Brazilian designer Humberto Campana, alongside brother Fernando at Galeria Melissa in Soho. He’s talking about the way the duo’s ten-year-strong collaboration with Brazilian eco-conscious jelly footwear line Melissa—which is a creative departure from their exploratory industrial design work—has impacted their status at home. “The shoes democratize our work,” said Humberto. “Everywhere I look in São Paolo, I see someone wearing my shoes.”

Last night, in addition to a retrospective installation, the latest Melissa Campana shoes were on view—not on feet, but on a hanging sculpture-turned-fluorescent light fixture of interwoven, cotton-candy pink zigzag flats. The brothers designed the installation especially to highlight the new collection, which they say is inspired by their work in furniture—a plastic interpretation of the tables they made for the opera house in São Paolo, specifically—and charged by their commitment to using recovered materials. “[Melissa] is very open to our demands. We ask to recycle the maximum amount of PVC, and we achieved 40 percent of recycled PVC,” explained Fernando. “We’re trying to get more.”

Melissa x Campana Brothers

Guest of honor Marina Abramovic, along with the likes of Giovanna Battaglia, Sebastian Errazuriz, and Telfar Clemons, was on hand to support the project. “What I love is this concept of recycling materials. It can be so useful for different designers,” said Abramovic, fresh from three hours spent training for her upcoming show at Serpentine Gallery. “Even Zaha Hadid designed shoes [for Melissa], as did many other artists and creators,” she added. No doubt, the Campana brothers are in good company.

Priced from $90, the latest Melissa Campana collection is available now at

Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.comĀ 

On Our Radar: Oscar Niemeyer For H.Stern


H.Stern’s collaborations with architects and other designers over the years have been a real success story for the jewelry company, from the Campana brothers’ pieces to Diane von Furstenberg’s line with the brand. For Fall, they’re partnering with Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil’s most renowned architect, the man behind the plan of Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, and the U.N. headquarters in New York. H.Stern designers took inspiration from Niemeyer’s drawings to create the clean lines of the new collection—the simple landscape (bottom) became my favorite piece, a pair of zigzag diamond earrings in 18K white gold (top). They snake over the entire ear for an unexpected (and, admittedly, pricey) glamour.

The Oscar Niemeyer collection hits stores this Fall. For more information, visit

Illustration and Photo: Courtesy of H.Stern

Melissa’s Newest Fantastic Plastic


When it comes to creative collaborations, Melissa, the Brazilian company that has elevated the plastic shoe to lofty heights many miles above the jelly, could give Marc Jacobs a run for his money. Each season the company commissions a creative type—from Vivienne Westwood to the Campana Brothers—to design a custom pair of shoes. Under the guidance of Brazilian power editor Erika Palomino, this season’s candidate is South African artist Esther Mahlangu, who customized Melissa’s elegant “Ultragirl” peep-toe flats in her trademark Ndebele tribal style of bold color and graphic lines. For the moment, the shoes are a limited-edition run that were gifted to tastemakers at SPFW. However, the brand may negotiate another line that will be available at retail. Until then, fans will have to scour eBay. (Though not for mine! I don’t wear size 5 women’s shoes, but I’ll be passing them on to a lucky small-footed friend.) As for the inspiring Mahlangu, though the African native is over 70 years old, she’s still active as ever. Next up, she’s the subject of a documentary currently in the works, directed by Palomino.