INSPIRED BY THE PAINTINGS AND DESIGNS OF FAMOUS ARTISTS
[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he Sergio Rossi’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection debuted at an exclusive event held in the stunning setting of an historical Milanese mansion where, thanks to the vintage décor from the period and a special live performance, the vibrant atmospheres of the international jet set in the seventies will be recreated.
The new collection represents the culmination of a creative approach that, starting with the Cruise Collection, explores the design and decorative arts of the early seventies and interprets them in a contemporary way. Angelo Ruggeri, Collections and Design Director, applied to the eclecticism of those years the signature style of the brand based on refinement, artisan tradition, and a keen eye for detail. The result is a multifaceted collection in which pure shapes are accentuated through the choice and combination of different materials and colors.
The collection has two universal themes inspired by the versatile aesthetic of those transitional years: The organic world with its rich variety of elements and the kaleidoscope as a filter that creates amazing shapes and reflections. The season’s new pyramid shaped stilettos, are an example of Ruggeri dedication to artistry and craftsmanship. The heel blends curved lines and striking geometric shapes, cleverly using contrasts to create balance and harmony.
The designer evoke nature with the use of animal prints renewed in optical illusion created by luxurious embellishments and or abstract version of camo patchwork in pony skin leather inspired by a the work of famed artist Giò Ponti and made with a skillful intarsia technique. Natural elements like bamboo are used for sculptural sandals juxtaposed against metallic details, and giraffe or zebra print gladiator style sandal boots made of stingray leather.
The idea behind the kaleidoscope is behind the vibrant color combinations similar to those in the works of Russian painter, Sergei Poliakoff. The playful blends of patterns pay tribute to the world of interior designer David Hicks which are re-produced on a more natural “Vienna straw” woven material. The same light is reflected and rearranged into original geometric shapes in 3D jacquard macro-print suede sandals. The colors dance in the tiny jewel embellishments used for dressy evening shoes that cover the foot with dazzling sparkles. The sandal features fougère ‘climbing vines’ made of shaded rhinestone pavé subtly wrapping the ankle without any support. The design is a conceptual synthesis of the two inspiring themes and the maximum expression of the brand’s artisan skill and expertise.
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