Hotel Vivier – check in and check out – the accessories.
Roger Vivier, Ready to Wear SS19 collection – Paris Fashion Week
When a designer departs a house after a successful run and the new one steps in, it is very like a change of cast in the theatre.
– by Tony Glenville
Thursday 27th of September, Rue de l’Abbé de L’Epée, Paris
Will the new lead make it their own? …and will they bring something fresh to the part?
Well, the new Roger Vivier creative director, Gherardo Felloni certainly made an entrance worthy of a leading performer with his Hotel Vivier launch during Paris Fashion Week.
With a stroke of genius, and in spite of so much drama in the hotel, the whole point of our visit: the shoes and bags- were never swamped.
So among the maids dusting, a voluptuous diva singing, and the red-haired manager of the hotel being such a forceful personality- we still gasped at the accessories.
From reception to garden, from artists studio to seductive red bedroom the shoes and bags stood out.
The strong streamlined black bags on red plinths greeted us at reception, in a tiny salon on the way through, black, emerald and shocking pink mules with angled low heels twinkled with their gem encrusted buckles.
In the bedroom, more richly bejewelled buckles sparkled on parma violet satin shoes and the crossover drape on a pair of pointed court shoes was secured by a giant diamond pin.
The bags smothered in bows looked like they were of noble order, with just a hint of Versailles or St Cloud. And the stunning dove-grey shoes edged with smokey grosgrain ribbon and another of those elaborate sparkling diamond buckles were definitely meant for a queen or empress.
A court shoe with a sweeping arced wing, teamed with a severe box-shaped handbag with Vivier signature insertion had supreme elegance.
By the time we had gotten to the three dimensional rose embellished ensemble of shoes and bag, we were well ready to take a restorative glass of champagne in the garden.
Only one thing left to say really, “Welcome to Roger Vivier, Monsieur Felloni!” may you have a long run.
Receive our continued applause, and please do take a bow.