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Everybody knows Roger Vivier is all about shoes. But taking a momentary side step, the focus of this fall couture collection — save two “perfect stilettos” — is on bags. And creative director Bruno Frisoni treats them as design objects. One hardback black crocodile and silver clutch masquerades as a book, for instance, while art objects include a bijou tortoiseshell-inspired minaudière in gilded crocodile and silver-plated gold, decorated with agate stones and a faceted garnet closure.
“You can place them on a shelf, dress them up or undress them, hide your love letters in them,” offered Frisoni of the beautifully crafted collection that also includes a range of Lesage-embroidered clutches whose elaborate jackets peel off to reveal a sober day bag. The line brims with luxurious details: Two stylized gold-plated silver birds form the clasp of the house’s showpiece, its Piu Piu Piu evening clutch, which sports a grand spray of black feathers, while speckles of gold-leaf paint adorn a classic black crocodile bag. Adding a fantasy note, one mesh evening pouch wears a tangle of feathers and charms. Said Frisoni, “It’s like a net that’s been trawled through a mermaid’s dressing room.”