DAISY CHAIN: A behind-the-scenes shoe guru in Europe for more than 20 years, Fabrizio Viti debuted his first signature collection during couture week here.
“I really want to express something else,” said the Italian designer, who is to remain head of women’s footwear under Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton. The Italian national is a 12-year veteran of the French brand and has also worked for Prada and Gucci.
His 16-style resort collection has a retro charm with its vintage Tupperware colors, white piping and ankle straps. The most elaborate shoes have a lattice of leather climbing up the ankle, each crisscross studded with a leather daisy.
Gisela Niedzielski, previously a consultant with Robert Burke & Associates, is chief executive officer of the new venture, with her sister-in-law Alexia, cofounder of System magazine, heading up communications. The partners are targeting about 15 top specialty stores for the debut resort season, with Colette having already signed on as the launch pad for September during Paris Fashion Week.
Retail prices for the Made in Italy range start at about 530 euros, or $595 at current exchange, for a kitten-heel pump up to about 1,400 euros, or $1,570, for a floral lattice boot.