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April 24 2014

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14 posts tagged "Sergio Rossi"

Dior’s New Shoes

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Francesco RussoWe 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.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

Francesco Russo Steps Out On His Own

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Francesco Russo

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Francesco Russo

Memphis Meets Beijing

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Last night, Sergio Rossi gave Beijing’s design and fashion enthusiasts a thrill with the unveiling of its swank new store in the China World Shopping Mall. During the opening fête, which was hosted by CEO Christophe Mélard, guests perused the label’s vivid Spring Sergio Rossi Meets Memphis collection, which was inspired by the Memphis design movement—popular in Italy in the eighties.

The boutique, however, had a seventies aesthetic, and was complete with bronze shoe displays, plush blue carpeting, lots of velvet, mirrors, and a curvaceous couch designed by Vladimir Kagan.

After the in-store cocktail reception, a cozy mix of creative partygoers were ferried off to dinner at Yishu 8, a renovated Chinese courtyard and private art gallery near The Forbidden City. In addition to light fare and Franciacorta (Italy’s answer to Champagne), guests like artist and Sergio Rossi-collaborator Peng Wei and designer Masha Ma were treated to a small exhibition of original Memphis design items, all of which were loaned from the Memphis art gallery in Milan. Needless to say, Sergio Rossi succeeded in transporting its guests to another time and place entirely.

Photo: Courtesy of Sergio Rossi

The Sergio Rossi Love Story

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Francesco Russo unveils his latest Sergio Rossi collection in Milan today. To go with the presentation, he’s screening a short film by director Drake Doremus (the 2011 Sundance Film Festival winner behind Like Crazy and also the man behind his Fall ’12 movie), featuring top model Marcelle. “Ever since I saw Like Crazy last year, I’ve been fascinated by his romantic sensibility,” Russo tells Style.com. “I asked Drake to show us his interpretation of the collection, and the result is The Search—an oneiric love story.”

That love story is told through the designer’s seductive fringe stilettos and green and gold wedges and graphic prints. Of the collection, he explains, “It is a tribute to Italian design: Memphis on one side and the more warm work of Carlo Bugatti on the other.” Here, Style.com has an exclusive first look at the collection and the video, for all those who aren’t in Milan right now.

Where Shoes Are Art, Art Is Shoes

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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.

Illustration: Francesco Russo