At the spring/summer 2023 presentation, guests were welcomed by a huge wooden-shoe sculpture.
Celebrities attended the presentation of French women’s cobbler Roger Vivier on September 29 at the City of Lights. Paris Fashion Week is back in full swing from Monday. Each runway seat is full, and all presentations are at capacity. There are more than 100 brands that will be showcased on the official calendar.
The Roger Vivier presentation was held in the heart of the city. It impressed me from the beginning. The entrance was adorned with a wooden shoe sculpture that measured in at a human height. It was a recreation of a 1987 Parisian retrospective. The collection of luxury shoes was spread over two levels and the garden, creating an immersive and imaginative experience. Models in white sat in a field of flowers, reading.
Monsieur Vivier left a rich legacy in 1998, and the new collection is an ode to him. As show notes indicate, the design team dug deep into house archives to find innovative designs that “seem to reinterpret the feeling in modern variations.”
Vivier won the hearts of many women over the course of his career. Roger Vivier was the shoe designer for Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 coronation. Stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, and Katie Holmes can all be seen in his shoes.
Roger Vivier was an innovator who changed the history of accessories and fashion. My job is to bring out Maison’s iconic values and visionary creativity. “What would Roger Vivier do?” In today’s digitally fast world, it seemed like the right time to comment on Roger Vivier’s singular impact and own house signature codes,” Gherardo Felloni shared in notes.
Celebrity guests included cast members of Netflix’s Emily Paris including Ashley Park, Camille Razat, and Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu who just finished filming season 3.
Each room featured pairs of shoes in a different way. The heart room was located on the main floor and featured shoes from the collection in hearts cut into the wall.
Upstairs, Roger Vivier artisans were showing off how a shoe is made. One man glued the pastel-colored fabric to a shoe. Another artisan was sitting in a room where black-and-white films were being unwound on the wall. He placed colorful gemstones on a cubed shoe. The guests were led into another room, which looked more like a tunnel. Here, large flowers covered the walls, and handbags were displayed.
Highlights of the new collection include the Virgule Flowers Bow Sling Back Shoe and the Viv’ Choc Flowers Bag. The first is a recreation from a Vivier original, done in electric acid yellow and matching mesh.
Halle Bailey, DDG, and the Fondation Cino del Duca attend the Roger Vivier Press Day at Hotel Vivier on September 29, 2022 in Paris.