Sergio Rossi goes Technicolour for S/S’12

by Katie on November 15, 2011

Sergio Rossi’s particular brand of Italianite sleek leather shoes has made the label an international ‘go to’ name since the 1950s and through its rise to prominence through the 1970s and ’80s with links to designers Gianni Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Azzedine Alaïa. Lately, the brand has further been imbued with credibility and focus with creative director, Francesco Russo, at the helm (previously of Miu Miu, Costume National and Yves Saint Laurent). 
Russo manages to retain the label’s touch of Italian glitz with more pared back and ultra modern lines for a woman who can equally do Pucci through to Prabel Gurung and it is this that has been the leap. Yes, the use of skins and leather is strong as is the ultra Mediterranean feel but there is contrast colour, neutrals with colour burst highlights and an architectural modernism as a touch of more sobre, sophistication.
For Spring/Summer ’12, Russo plays it to extremes with a capital ‘E’:- Erotic, Exotic and Exposed. Erotic comes via the bondage effect as ropes of silk or elastic wind like snakes around the leg. “What I especially like is creating a relationship that merges the shoe and the body,” declares Francesco Russo. The Exotic twist is seen in the carved cotton lilies and pistils embroidered in pearls on “neo-pin-up” sandals which enhance the sensuality of the foot. In solid electric colours or in Japanese “kimono” shades that contrast bright and pastel tones.
All the great classics from Sergio Rossi are revisited in fluorescent colours showing Russo’s skilful combination of Italian craftsmanship and an expression of creative daring – Exposing and cutting deep. 

Ultra glamorous, ultra radiant, ultra luminous.

Sergio Rossi shoes are available from the Sergio Rossi Sloane Street store in Knightsbridge, London or online.
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