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March 30, 2010

A Look at Bruno Frisoni’s Studio

Roberto Frankenberg

Think “Jean Nouvel Pink!” and enter the wonderful world of Vivier.

Visitors to designer Bruno Frisoni’s studio, just above the Roger Vivier boutique at 29 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, will be forgiven for acknowledging the stuffed elephant in the room. A certain amount of frivolity is to be expected here. When Frisoni took over the house of Vivier, in 2004, he inherited the legacy of the haute cobbler who made the first inward-curving heel, hung pendants from Josephine Baker’s stilettos, put buckles on Catherine Deneuve’s pumps in Belle de Jour, and made Marlene Dietrich dance on diamond spheres. Frisoni, who also has his own line and has worked with Scherrer, Lacroix, and Lanvin, maintains this level of irresistible eccentricity in his designs—and in the look of the original and one-and-only Paris store. The vision for the boutique was “an arty melting pot of fashion, sculpture, and painting.” So, in between this season’s printed feather pumps, gold prism heels, and hearts-on-fuchsia satin stilettos are a Sorcerer mirror from contemporary designer Hervé Van der Straeten, Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs in silver leather, a Picasso, an 18th-century dresser, and a desk that once belonged to couturier Hubert de Givenchy. And, yes, the walls are painted a special shade of pink, custom-blended by architect Jean Nouvel. “It’s all about seduction,” Frisoni says. “You can buy shoes to seduce. Or go to the hairdresser.” The choice is clear. At 29 Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré; 33-1/53-43-00-85.