Gianvito Rossi signs a rendering of one of his shoes for Maritza Gonzales at his Saks Fifth Avenue launch party.
Gianvito Rossi spring/summer shoes in hot demand at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Saks Fifth Avenue's Tijuana Harvey and shoe designer Gianvito Rossi
Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City fame would have positively swooned over the charming Gianvito Rossi and his collection of to-die-for stilettos. As it was, members of the Latin Women’s Initiative were delightfully awestruck by the man with the lilting Italian accent and his creations, all of which created a vibrant tableau in the Saks Fifth Avenue shoe salon.
Before joining the ladies at this launch party celebrating both his Texas debut and the LWI upcoming luncheon, Rossi sat down with PaperCity to talk women and fancy footwear. Though “fancy” isn’t exactly in his design vocabulary.
“I like the idea of a very simple shoe. I like simplicity,” Rossi said.
As the son of venerable shoe designer Sergio Rossi, the younger Rossi finds himself today at the forefront of women’s shoe design. After 11 years of designing on his own and growing his brand, his shoes are coveted worldwide. And he is a red carpet favorite. Demi Lovato, Karlie Kloss, Kourtney Kardashian and event Kate Middleton are fans of his pumps, stilettos and sandals.
At the Saks event, Rossi introduced his spring/summer collection. “I made a move in a bit more of a sexy direction,” he said of the collection. “Embroidered lace which is more romantic and soft in a way. Stretch lace in a more modern way. And then I did a little bit more extreme elements like latex.”
The latter is found in his “plexi leather and PVC pumps.” With heel heights ranging from 2.5 inches to 3 to 4 staggering inches, the designer is said to be a master at creating shoes that are comfortable.
“I think the important thing is to never break the balance. You push a little bit more in the direction of sexiness, but you keep it a bit more feminine and elegant. You should feel confident and not kind of exposed or look too (silence). . . the empowered woman not the (silence) . . .” We guess he doesn’t want to say vamp or siren or something similar.
Of his oeuvre, Rossi says, “I wanted to make my own statement very pure, very modern and very elegant. That’s the essence of what I design and I have kept to it since the beginning.”
And then he was off to the shoe salon to sign autographed watercolors of his shoes for the lucky ladies who had purchased from his collection.