2 posts tagged "I Am Love"
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.
In the palatial Villa Necchi Campiglio—Tilda Swinton’s impossibly gorgeous manse from I Am Love—Tod’s showed its Fall collection. The label is pitching itself to men as a one-stop-shop for leather lovers, and on view in the villa’s various salone was a full, vari-hued range of casual and dress loafers, lace-ups, wallets, desk accessories, bags, briefcases, and iPad cases. Tod’s pioneered the rubber sole; here it appeared in a thicker, slightly wedged version that had a sporty feel. But the real news this time out is the brand’s dip into men’s Ready-to-Wear. To go with your loafers and iPad case, may we suggest a bomber or safari vest in suede or supple skin?