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January 31, 2011

Roger Vivier's Limited-Edition Rendez-Vous Collection

By Dispatch Departures | Fashion


Leave it to Bruno Frisoni to rethink the norm. Back in July, the creative director of Roger Vivier opted to skip the house's customary couture show and instead presented Rendez-Vous, a limited-edition collection of handmade shoes and bags that married the craftsmanship of couture with the energy of prêt-à-porter. Two weeks ago during the Paris shows, Frisoni unveiled his second version of Rendez-Vous with 20 new pieces that put a rock ‘n’ roll spin on the traditionally elegant Vivier sensibility. It's a collection rich in textural contrasts and drama: a high heel with gold chain mail draped over black velvet, a gold-striped Mondrianesque wood-and-resin clutch and a decked-out reworking of the classic Pilgrim clutch, its iconic buckle framed by braids of sequins and chains. Frisoni also reimagined other signature items, like the Tube clutch and the comma-shaped Virgule (now Vertigo) heel, which comes in styles flaunting feathers, sequins and wood. The pieces—numbered and produced in small quantities—will be available this September by special order in Vivier boutiques worldwide. rogervivier.com.

Photo courtesy Roger Vivier