MELTING POT: Buoyed by the success of its Miss Viv’ bag, Roger Vivier decided to take inspiration from the frequent travels of brand ambassador Inès de la Fressange to work on a collection of versions of the iconic shape.
Mashing up references from different cultures — summed up by a Native American theme for the Boro Borrow design, a blocky suede patchwork creation inspired by an exhibition of Japanese textile craftsmanship seen in Lisbon — the collection references vintage fabrics and techniques, with a predominant Seventies feel.
“I love that mix of cultures,” said de la Fressange, pointing to photo collages from her travels.
In the collection this was at times expressed casually, like with Boro Borrow or Mademoiselle de la Frange, a cowboy-style fringed design in brown suede, or with three variations of Scrapbag, inspired by urban architecture and using bright leather collage. Others combined more classic references with appealing touches of ethnicity: Pondi Paris’ in blue velvet mixed French elegance with Indian embroideries, cord embroideries adorned simple nappa leather for El Cordobès, while a cherry-blossom embroidery snaked across Nippon-nimayu in shades of pink or white, blinged up by a Swarovski crystal-set buckle.