POP TAKE: Giuseppe Zanotti has taken a cue from eastern pop culture.
The Italian footwear designer teamed up with Korean pop-star G-Dragon, frontman of the K-pop group Big Bang, to launch a limited-edition collection of men’s and women’s shoes.
In keeping with the Asian celebrity’s flamboyant image, the capsule includes two unisex styles — a lace-up shoe and a loafer — each coming in a black version embellished with multicolor glitter and a lightweight rubber sole inspired by Eighties footwear style. The loafers will retail at $695, while the lace-up version will be sold at $775.
“I am used to working with celebrities around the globe, and my collaboration with G-Dragon is something that we wanted to do as he is currently one of the biggest stars in Korea with a huge following in Asia,” Zanotti said. “He has a unique style in playing his music. I find it really impressive, and our cooperation means a thrilling challenge to me. I love to work with other artists and brainstorm on the creative process.”
“These shoes turned out exactly how I wanted,” said G-Dragon. “It’s not just girls or women who get excited and worked up over pretty shoes. I think guys can feel that way, too, and I think both will feel that way about these shoes.”
The capsule will be available at select Giuseppe Zanotti Design stores around the world, as well as through the company’s online shop, starting in October.