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April 24 2014

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27 posts tagged "Roger Vivier"

The Brooklyn Museum’s Going Head Over Heels

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LouboutinWe’re the first to admit that heels are a powerful thing. Each season we manage to add a few (or a dozen) must-have pairs to our overstuffed wardrobes. And why? Is it because heels are sexy? Flattering? Outfit-making? Or just fun to wear? The Brooklyn Museum will explore these questions (and many more) with its upcoming exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. On view from September 10, the exhibit will feature 160 heels from as early as the 17th century to today. A main focus will be the sculptural, architectural, and artistic qualities of high heels, which range from the wearable to the avant-garde. On one end of the spectrum will be designs by household names like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, and Roger Vivier, on the other, conceptual styles by Iris van Herpen, Elsa Schiaparelli, Zaha Hadid, and many more.

Highlights from the exhibit include Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos from 1959; silk, metal, and glass mules by Vivier for House of Dior from 1960; Céline’s mink-covered pumps from Spring ’13; eight-inch platforms designed by Rem D. Koolhaas for Lady Gaga; and mind-bending 3-D-printed heels by Van Herpen.

In addition to the show, there will be a fully illustrated catalog with essays by Stefano Tonchi, Lisa Small, and Caroline Weber, as well as six short films inspired by high heels. The films were commissioned from artists including Steven Klein, Nick Knight, and Marilyn Minter. The full exhibition will also be traveling to other venues, which have yet to be announced.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe will run from September 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238. For more information, visit brooklynmuseum.org.

Photo: Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum 

Marina’s Must-Haves: Roger Vivier’s Ankle Strap Kitten Heel

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Vivier shoe

Come Fall ’14, I’ll be going back to the sixties with Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Miu Miu. The glittery Mary Janes from Saint Laurent will bring sparkle to my autumn wardrobe, but until then, I’ll be stepping into the trend with this beyond adorable Roger Vivier style. I’m a huge fan of the classic buckle—in fact, I consider the buckle shoes I currently have in my wardrobe to be my lucky footwear. I won’t be parting with them, but it’s definitely time for a refresh. Roger Vivier’s Mary Jane version will be my go-to option when wearing skirts and minidresses this spring.

Roger Vivier leather kitten heel with ankle strap and metal/lacquer buckle at toe, $975. Available at Roger Vivier, New York, (212) 861-5371.

Photo: Michele Silvestro 

Punctuation Meets Punk At Roger Vivier

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Tartan Virgule shoe

Long before there was the red sole, there was the “comma” shoe—also known as Roger Vivier’s Virgule. Launched in 1963, the shoe, famous for its curved heel, is the stuff of fashion lore. Last week, a major Vivier retrospective opened at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Virgule etc.…In the footsteps of Roger Vivier, and yup, the shoe earned top billing out of the immense body of work from the man who considered himself an architect and an inventor first, and a shoemaker by happenstance. Vivier and his Virgule’s world tour stops in London tomorrow at Selfridges Shoe Galleries—the largest shoe department in the world and an undisputed mecca for shoe lovers. It is here where the house will open its first shop in an event hosted by Inès de la Fressange, current creative consultant for Vivier, and designer Bruno Frisoni. It is all part of an international expansion of the brand, which has already seen shops opened this year in Japan and China.

The Vivier house has deep roots in Britain. In 1953, its namesake designer created the royal shoes for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. After that, he shoed the Duchess of Windsor—not to mention his laundry list of iconic non-British patrons, like Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Jeanne Moreau, and Brigitte Bardot. Today, the house’s fan base is made up of the “elegant” types—Cate Blanchett, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman—but that doesn’t mean the label can’t have a rebellious edge. For tomorrow’s Selfridges launch, the Virgule will be reissued in a punk-tinged tartan; the updated classic debuts exclusively above. Later that night at Le Baron, a party hosted by pop progeny Atlanta Cadenet-Taylor will introduce a new generation of fans to Vivier’s work, though one wonders if his shoes have ever danced to strains of EDM. In any event, it shows that the house isn’t just living on past glory—it’s looking ahead.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

A 280-Heel Salute to Roger Vivier

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Vintage Vivier boots

Count on Paris fashion week to end on a high note with a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the inventor of the stiletto heel: Roger Vivier. Set to open at the Palais de Tokyo on October 2, the show, dubbed Virgule, etc… in the Footsteps of Roger Vivier , will give viewers the chance to examine a comprehensive range of the late designer’s fancy footwork. Curated by the Musée Galliera’s Olivier Saillard, the exhibit will display 140 pairs of Vivier shoes—including his famous comma heel (or virgule in French, hence the title).

Vivier, who was once Dior’s star shoemaker, died in 1997, but his legacy lives on. Diego Della Valle revived the brand in 2000, and Bruno Frisoni has been creating dreamy, feminine wares for the house since 2002. His work, too, will be celebrated in the show.

Photo: Keystone-France/ Getty Images

Vive le Vivier!

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Bruno Frisoni was a little surprised at how quickly the French Embassy filled up at last night’s Roger Vivier book launch party. The likes of Olivier Theyskens, Linda Fargo, Keegan Singh, and Gilles Bensimon joined Frisoni and his cohost, Inès de la Fressange, to celebrate the new tome. Published by Rizzoli, Roger Vivier boasts Cate Blanchett, Frisoni, and les rédactrices francaises Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle as contributors. But it’s not your typical retrospective work. Rather, it’s more of a curated compilation of old-meets-new. “It’s almost like a scrapbook, or one of my carnets,” Frisoni told Style.com. “We shot old shoes in a new way, and new shoes in an old way.”

Coco Rocha showed off her new copper hair at the cocktail celebration, and carried a Vivier clutch to match. The model conceded that she looked to the fete’s red-tressed songstress, Karen Elson, for some sartorial inspiration. “I’ve had to change which colors I wear, and a lot of times I think, What would Karen wear?”

After a few lively songs with her band, Elson told Style.com that this was one of her last performances for a while. She hits the studio later this month to start a new album. Elson said that she “tried to channel the Vivier woman” while she was onstage. “She’s all about power, confidence, and the sexy stuff I like.”

Photos: Joe Schildhorn/ BFAnyc.com