Roger Vivier’s creative director, Bruno Frisoni, presented the second Rende-Vous collection a few weeks ago during the Paris shows. The limited-edition collection of handmade shoes and bags married the craftsmanship of couture with the energy of prêt-à-porter. You’ll no longer order the shoes to your exact specifications, but, make a reservation for whatever you’re interested in, and then take possession of the beauties weeks later, a far easier process.
The Roger Vivier boutique on Madison Avenue in New York hosted a party Tuesday night where Frisoni unveiled his second version of Rendez-Vous to the states with 20 new pieces that put a rock ‘n’ roll spin – inspired by rocker Keith Richards as well as the Thirties and punk rock – on the traditionally elegant Vivier collection. The event benefited Music Unites, an organization dedicated to funding and sustaining music education programs in under-served schools throughout the country. Guests including Leighton Meester, Alexandra Richards, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Carlos Mota, and Muriel Brandolini, sipped cocktails while rocking out to tunes (no doubt the Stones were in the mix).
It’s a collection rich in textural contrasts and edge. One of our favorites, a high heel with gold chain mail draped over black velvet will rock dresses or jeans, and is the perfect addition to a pair of leather or waxed jeans. Brisoni also added the requisite feathers and sequins while reimagining other signature items – like the Tube clutch and the comma-shaped Virgule heel – to perfect the rock n’ roll vibe. 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 are just the right accessories to add minimal edge to your more elegant looks.
The pieces—numbered and produced in small quantities—are available currently by special order in Roger Vivier boutiques worldwide.