6 posts tagged "Francesco Russo"
We could soon be seeing some new fancy footwork at Christian Dior. Today, WWD reports that shoe designer Francesco Russo will be working with Raf Simons to create shoes for the house. Russo, formerly the designer behind Sergio Rossi, launched his own line of luxe kicks to much fanfare in Paris this past Fall, and also opened a swanky boutique on Rue de Valois. While neither party has confirmed the partnership, it seems like the pair might just be sole mates.
Francesco Russo left Sergio Rossi in February, but he hasn’t spent the six months between then and now kicking back. Today, he unveiled the new shoe label that bears not only his name, but also the address of his new Paris shop, 8 rue de Valois, across the street from the Palais Royal. “I want to do beautiful shoes, above the sense of time, above the sense of fashion,” Russo told Style.com. “It’s like Manolo. Manolo did the stiletto from the eighties until today. There was the time of the platform, he didn’t do platforms. He just did whatever he feels. I try to have that luxury. And the fact that I have my own name now, I can have that luxury.” True to his word, there are no platforms among the 25 styles in his Spring debut. Russo has done flat gladiator sandals and a 25-millimeter leopard print not-quite-kitten-heel pump; for the most part, though, he’s a stiletto man. His anti-trend stance means the palette and materials are quite restrained. Black, brown, shades of nude, and metallic silver encompass the color range, and the materials include leather, pony hair, and crocodile. Classic doesn’t mean conventional, however. Many of the shoes incorporate extraordinary work, a pump stitched together from small arches of crocodile being a prime example. As for the shop, it ‘s housed in what is said to be the city’s first restaurant, which went by the rather fitting name Boeuf de la Mode in the 18th century. The boutique will open for business during the couture shows in January. This week it’s acting as a showroom for appointments with big department stores.
Barneys’ new shoe floor was unveiled this week—all 22,000 square feet of it. To celebrate the occasion (as well as to raise some money for the marriage-equality efforts of the Human Rights Campaign), Sergio Rossi creative director Francesco Russo will be on hand tonight for a private shopping event spotlighting Rossi’s increased presence at the store. Rather than go the usual route of signing soles, Russo decided he’d rather sketch. Customers who purchase a pair of shoes will take them home not only in foot-ready form, but in frameable version, too. In honor of the occasion, Russo sent over a little preview illustration to Style.com.
Rather than its usual day-long open house, this season, Sergio Rossi and creative director Francesco Russo elected to host a more intimate cocktail party to debut their new Fall collection in Milan. And intimate fits the entertainment as well as the event. For the occasion, Russo and director Luca Guadagnino created a three-minute short film starring model Diana Dondoe, whose shod (but largely unclad) form is placed front and center in the erotic piece.
Eroticism is nothing new to Guadagnino, who hit big with his film I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton as a Milanese matriarch who embarks on a passionate affair with a young chef. (Russo cited a scene in which Swinton’s character and the chef first make love as a favorite.) “I’ve known Luca for 15 years, and for me it’s very important to work with people I feel close and comfortable with,” he explained to Style.com. “It all came together quite naturally, really.”
If the sensual is nothing new to Guadagnino, it’s familiar ground for Russo, too. Sex appeal has been one of his trademarks during his time at Rossi. “For me, the shoe is not just an object for its own sake, but something that can change the state of mind of the person wearing or observing it,” he says. “I’m moving forward towards accessories addressing the entire woman’s body. I refer to this project as ‘Skin to Skin,’ because the body pieces become a sort of a second skin playing with female transformation caused by wearing wonderful shoes.”
And those shoes? “Most are made of different types of leather and exotic skins like python, ostrich foot, lizard, crocodile, and kid suede, mostly in monochromatic colors to underline the different textures,” Russo says of the new collection. “They’re like objects in a constant mutation.” The film screens at the presentation, which begins now in Milan, and debuts here on Style.com.
Francesco Russo debuted his latest collection for Sergio Rossi in Milan today. Alongside it, he screened his latest digital project: a series of ten screens playing original footage. “I wanted to give a visual idea of what I’m thinking, to go into my imaginarium,” Russo explained to Style.com. “There are ten live portraits of one woman—she looks like a mannequin, yet she’s alive. It’s the new classicism, going back to essence; it’s extreme beauty.”
That extreme beauty isn’t only restricted to the trompe l’oeil gold-detailed wedges and geometric, cutout stilettos in the footwear collection. Russo also designed a series of gold-crusted body belts, worn around the bust, the waist, and the neck, to, as he said, “turn woman into sculpture.” We’d say into badass Amazonian warriors is a little closer to the mark. Check out this exclusive making-of video for a look at the process behind the digital project, then check back for the debut of the films themselves.