14 posts tagged "Giuseppe Zanotti"
After several months of discussion, Giuseppe Zanotti has officially confirmed that LVMH-owned private equity fund L Capital has acquired a 30 percent minority stake in Zanotti’s parent company, Vicini. This news comes on the heels of recent LVMH investments in Marco de Vincenzo, Maxime Simoens, and fellow footwear label Nicholas Kirkwood. While the aforementioned designers are largely considered to be up-and-coming, this year marks Zanotti’s twentieth in business. Surely this influx of cash will help ensure further growth and exposure for the brand. Perhaps—we’re hoping, anyway—it will pave the way for future collaborations with the likes of Kanye West (who partnered up with Zanotti several years ago to create shoes for his short-lived ready-to-wear line).
When it comes to more-is-more aesthetics, Giuseppe Zanotti doesn’t need lessons. Through his shoes, bags, and accessories, he’s established himself as an expert of embellishment, a wizard of zippers, and a guru of gilt. For sky-high, strappy, spiked heels, he’s your guy. In the market for a pump with a built-in metallic snake to caress your ankle? Zanotti has it covered. By that token, his inaugural ready-to-wear micro-capsule—tracksuits for men and women that debut exclusively here—should come as a delight to those buying his distinctive brand of glam. Hers comes in leather with dangling gold accents standing in for traditional drawstrings; his comes with a generous helping of straps. Both versions boast quilted kneepads and gleaming zipper accents. Zanotti (who celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his label, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, this year) recruited fashion’s favorite tracksuit maven, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, to shoot and style the campaign. “She understood the idea that sometimes less is more, but for me, more is more,” Zanotti told Style.com. “She styled maybe four, five different bracelets [with the looks]!” But if Donatella levels of bling aren’t your bag, or you’re dubious about the prospect of what amounts to a formal tracksuit, Zanotti is happy to advise. “I imagine somebody might love to pair the pants with Nike sneakers, a T-shirt, and a nice Rolex watch or something.” Minimalist styling tips from a master of maximalism? We’ll take ’em.
It isn’t lost on anyone that the retail schedule is a little crazy. While most of us still have salt caked on our boots from the Polar Vortex, our favorite stores are already beginning to stock the summer collections. And come February, our attention will be turned toward the Fall ’14 shows—long before spring has even sprung. But what’s a girl to do when she feels like she needs a wardrobe refresh (and who doesn’t in mid-January?) but can’t quite fathom buying a slinky slipdress just yet? Our solution is olive-tinged wares. The hue is truly seasonless, and looks just right with subdued taupes and golds. Pair it with your go-to sweaters and boots right now, then mix in your spring whites and pastels when the weather warms up. Shop our favorite olive pieces by Nina Ricci, Bottega Veneta, and more, below.
1. Bottega Veneta embellished stretch-silk dress, $4,000, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Nina Ricci “Ballet” suede and leather shoulder bag, $2,350, available at net-a-porter.com
3. The Row leather sunglasses, $430, available at shopbop.com
4. Stila magnificent metals foil finish eye shadow in Vintage Black Gold, $32, available at sephora.com
5. Giuseppe Zanotti Design “Coline” chain-embellished leather sandals, $1,050, available at net-a-porter.com
Or, at least, Giuseppe Zanotti does. In an interview with Jay-Z’s Web site Life + Times, Zanotti, who previously collaborated with West on a few pairs of outrageously priced sandals for the rapper’s Spring ’12 ready-to-wear collection, offered, “I really would love having a guest designer like Kanye during Milan’s fashion week. He could shake the system with his adrenaline.” Who knows—maybe bringing the Kingdom of Dopeness to Milano is just the kick in the rear the city’s fashion week needs…then again, maybe it’s not.
Last season’s Balmain collection was covered with opulent embellishments, and Olivier Rousteing was certainly not alone there. Isabel Marant, Valentino, and Current/Elliott all came up with covetable versions of the trend, from sparkly suede tops to crystal-encrusted pumps to blinged-out denim. We’ve rounded up five of our favorites below.
1. Isabel Marant top, $2,220, available at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Current/Elliott jeans, $620, available at www.shopbop.com
3. Valentino pumps, $1,466, available at www.luisaviaroma.com
4. Giuseppe Zanotti clutch, $2,140, available at www.forwardforward.com
5. Miu Miu dress, $3,940, available at www.mytheresa.com
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