By  on July 9, 2007

PARIS — Cate Blanchett and creepy crawlies may seem unlikely bedfellows, but when Roger Vivier's creative director, Bruno Frisoni, came across a photo of the actress in her role as Queen Elizabeth I, along with a book of illustrated insects, he found the mélange rich pickings for the house's fall couture accessories collection.

"I imagined the court of a queen with dark stories of poison and a garden of insects," said Frisoni, setting the scene for the brand's opulent line unveiled during the couture shows last week at Roger Vivier headquarters. "The insects were like poison to me, but also like queens."

The Chipster Mister evening bag features crystal bugs and enamel butterflies climbing up its chain handle or settling on its buckle, also made of crystal by jeweler Philippe Grand.

Best-iole or Beastie, the line's beetle-shaped resin minaudière, comes lined with gold crocodile, with pom-poms and feathers swinging from its golden cord handle. Tartan notes also pop up across the collection, as does black lace featured on boots embroidered with jade or fanning from a shoe in lace-shaped beads, like an Elizabethan ruff. Counting around four day's work for each piece, the collection's prices, starting at $20,000 for a pair of gold crocodile shoes, are also fit for a queen.

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