Get off your seats for a look into a dazzling, stage-inspired collection, writes Meera Murugesan
ROGER Vivier welcomes one to a new fantasy world. The brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection, called Hotel Vivier Call Time, is inspired by behind-the-stage scenes at musicals and the cabaret; so think showgirls and dancers, sequins and feathers, bold, dazzling colours and prints, and striking embellishments.
Creative director of the brand, Gherardo Felloni, basically invites you to explore the mysteries behind the stage through this collection.
“I have always been inspired by theatre, musicals and the cabaret. Performance is always present and this time, I want to show the part that is not shown in every performance, the part that is usually hidden behind-the-scenes,” he shares.
A mythical hotel where fantasy crosses over to reality, Hotel Vivier Call Time draws inspiration from different women inhabiting different backstage rooms, who are preparing for the “performance” of their lives, whether it’s showgirls, rehearsing for the cabaret or young dancers with their teacher, perfecting a routine before their performance.
SANDAL AND MULE
The Viv’ Clogs in the Spring/Summer 2020 collection, for example, have also come a long way from its traditional origins and have now been given a fresh take.
The Viv’ Clogs are handcrafted in wood and come in classic black, brilliant silver and light pink, with a miniature crystal buckle that gives it that refined Vivier touch. Evening wear also remains at the forefront of the collection with two sandals: the Vivier Queen Sandal and the Tiki Viv’ Mule, both inspired by the archives and the maison’s rich history.
The Vivier Queen Sandal, takes inspiration from Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation shoes, made by Roger Vivier himself in 1953. It features a reinterpretation of this intricate design, with a delicate fleur de lys motif and a crystal-encrusted heel, fit for a queen.
For Tiki Viv’ Mule, the shoes of the season for Spring/Summer 2020, Felloni takes his cue from the infamous heel that Vivier designed for Marlene Dietrich, which features the iconic boule strass, a small sphere covered in crystals, on the heel.
These sandals highlight the elegance of natural materials, such as feathers and raffia, expertly handcrafted by artisans to create a fringe that fans out to shape a dramatic silhouette.
The Tiki Viv’ Mule comes with a low, 65mm kitten heel and in colour combinations, such as black and beige, and lavender and pink pastels.
The collection’s bag of the season also follows the same summer vibe. The Tiki Viv’ Mini Bag features a combination of straw fringes, feathers and suede, and comes in a colour palette that ranges from bright pink and pastels to black and beige. With R and V logo metal handles and a chain strap, which can be worn on the shoulder or across the body, the Tiki Viv’ Mini Bag is the perfect accessory to take to the beach and beyond.