9 posts tagged "Ferragamo"
Ferragamo’s The Amazing Shoemaker—an exhibition that explores shoes’ starring roles in stories throughout history—is on view at the Ferragamo Museum in Florence until March 31 of next year. But for those of us who can’t scoot over to Italy for the action, the house is bringing a taste of whimsy to New York. The museum show includes contemporary pieces inspired by such stories as Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz, classical works, short films, and new fairy tales by the likes of Hamid Ziarati, Michele Mari, and Elisa Biagini. However, one can’t really talk about narrative-stealing kicks without mentioning Hermes’ winged sandals—the mythical accessories appear in the exhibition in the form of Giambologna’s sixteenth-century sculpture Mercurio. And in honor of the ancient god’s divine taste in footwear, Ferragamo has released a pair of winged calfskin sandals, which debut exclusively above. Available from May 22 through June 2, the wares are part of a larger capsule, comprising a series of story-inspired heels and tote bags, as well as a selection of silk scarves. Designed by artist Michela Petoletti, each foulard is printed with watercolors depicting scenes from shoe-centric fables.
From Wednesday, the house’s Fifth Avenue flagship will also offer signed copies of Frank Espinosa’s limited-edition graphic novel based on Mr. Ferragamo’s life (above). Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Un Cuore, Un Mondo, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to children suffering from heart disease.
It’s hard to find something more classic than Ferragamo’s Vara—the box-toed shoe garnished with a golden plaque and a grosgrain bow. This year, the mid-heeled wares (whose “sister” shoe, the Varina ballet flat, was introduced in 2007) turn 35. And to celebrate the anniversary, the house is launching L’Icona—an online project in collaboration with photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank. The virtual endeavor features Swanson Frank-lensed portraits of twenty-one effortlessly stylish women—Alexandra Richards, Chiara Clemente, and Style.com’s own Marina Larroudé among them—wearing customized Varas or Varinas. “When I was a child, my chic grandmother used to wear Varas in black and brown,” says Larroudé, whose personalized kicks are pictured above. “I wanted a simple black patent shoe, because patent lasts forever, and I wanted to be able to wear mine every day, in the summer or winter, with or without tights.”
Icona.ferragamo.com will launch May 1, and the site will, for the first time, offer women the opportunity to customize their own pair of Varas (or Varinas—whichever you prefer). A video starring the twenty-one trendsetters (and their new shoes) will also screen on the site. Take a peek at the trailer for the Justin Wu-lensed short, which debuts exclusively below.
The Fall ’13 season is now well under way, and as we follow the shows to Milan and Paris, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.
WHO: Ferragamo, designed by Massimiliano Giornetti
WHEN: Sunday, February 24
WHAT: “Strength and Precision.” —Massimiliano Giornetti. The designer sent us a Fall ’13 sketch, above.
Though it’s easy to forget sometimes, when she’s not doing good works or shepherding her brood around the world, Angelina Jolie occasionally still makes movies. Her latest, The Tourist, opens today. Angie portrays a shady femme fatale bent on evading a group of international assassins (and siccing them on an unsuspecting Johnny Depp). But she never looks less than chic doing so, thanks to the ministrations of Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha), who gave her a closetful of tasteful garb and, thanks to a collaboration with Salvatore Ferragamo, a killer pump. The Elise style, customized for the film with a gold-tipped stiletto heel—reportedly Jolie’s favorite from the filming—is now available at Ferragamo’s New York flagship and select stores nationwide, in black leather and our favorite, blush suede ($750).
Jennifer Aniston took to the carpet in L.A. last night for the premiere of her new maternity comedy of errors (a 2010 genre if ever there was one), The Switch. Aniston has a mixed history with red-carpet looks, and if you ask us, she could have dialed up the glamour a bit for her new premiere. Her two-tone Spring ’10 Lanvin dress flatters her ultra-toned figure but doesn’t bring much spark. (Though the contrast-color zip on the side gives a little bit of pop that’s hard to make out in a front view.) With loose hair and strappy, nude sandals, the whole look feels more dinner-and-a-movie than star tour. (Though we love the Ferragamo croc clutch—even if it threatens to upstage its owner.) What do you think? Is less more, or should Jen have done like her on-screen alter ego and switched?