ROGER VIVIER unveils its spring-summer 2024 collection through their latest exhibition Les Éléments Vivier.
The spectacle takes place across a four-story Haussmanian-style building where Creative Director Gherardo Felloni brought the mesmerising installation to life in collaboration with Italian set designer Leila Maria Fteita.
The exhibition demonstrates the major design pillars of Roger Vivier alongside also reflecting the essence of Gherardo Felloni’s designs side by side with the brand’s acclaimed heritage.
The first floor of the exhibition is titled The Craft Of Colour and is an ode to Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny. The immersive space showcases wall-to-wall lily ponds and bridges for guests to walk across with hallways to new accessories and shoe discoveries.
Artisanal designs are found in watercolour-tie-dye as well as the multicoloured Viv Choc draped shoulder bag in hues of ocean blue, butter yellow and candy pink leather. The Viv Choc blends sculptural fabric with a buckle curved at the corners evocative of Monsieur Vivier’s Choc heel which dates back to 1959.
Kevin Tachman for Roger Vivier SS24
Progressing upstairs, guests are presented with The Heart of Passion which consists of rooms heavy with colours of red and pink — in demonstration of love, a concept prevalent in Monsieur Vivier’s designs with the I Love Vivier pump being a symbolic shoe.
For the latest collection, the pump has been reimagined into a latticework leather framework featuring a slingback and stiletto heel. Other I Love Vivier products make an appearance such as the patent sandal and the pumps which come in suede or red rhinestone.
The third floor is called The Shape Of Lightness and it celebrates the joie de vivre inherent to Roger Vivier. The floor constitutes an airy room with soft clouds and the Pop Art colour palette of the 60s.
The brand’s visual language is prominent in this segment with its otherworldly-looking replicas of the Viv Canard shoe, a fluted toe-shaped silhouette from Monsieur Vivier’s archive, brought back to life by Felloni.
The reimagined design showcases a kitten heel with a contemporary flair or slip-on mules with a small buckle and bow detail in colour-ways of spearmint, periwinkle, lilac, pale yellow and baby pink.
The final segment of the exhibition is titled An Air Of Preciousness resembling the remnants of a storm with smashed chandeliers on the ballroom floor and voile curtains and leaves blowing in the air.
This room features evening bags fabricated from ruffled organza and panné velvet adorned with sparkling flower embellishments and in their company are also minaudière box-like clutch bags covered in eye-catching rhinestones.
As for the jewellery, the collection is inspired by Felloni’s private collection featuring baroque pearl collars, graphic sequined drop earrings and bracelets alongside enamelled floral hairclips and matching headbands.
The values of the Vivier atelier are notable throughout with demonstrations of embroidery, draping and other crafts innate to the House.
Les Éléments Vivier, is an immersive experience which showcases the preservation of founder Monsieur Vivier’s commitment to beauty and composition which is now carried on through the creative mind of Gherardo Felloni.
by Nicole Pereira