Couture week is when Rogier Vivier usually trots out the house’s fanciest horn-of-plenty accessories, brimming with precious trims. But this season the company is changing tactics by launching Rendez-Vous, a new limited edition concept designed to bridge the gap between the former couture collection and the house’s main line — all without skimping on elegance or innovation.

 

In the mood for a fresher, lighter, more contemporary direction, creative director Bruno Frisoni said he liked the idea of industrializing atelier craftsmanship. Gluing a leaf of teak to leather, for instance, creates a new crafty material for the house’s tube clutch, as do horn sequins on chainmail and coils of resin-coated white cord for other Vivier bag classics.

 

The iconic Vivier Virgule shoe adopts new wavy lines, and is nicknamed the New Wave. For one summery straw version, Frisoni tapped a local hat maker to apply the same technique used for making straw hats, where ribbons of straw are stitched to create grooves. Plain double organza served as the canvas for a pretty blush hand-painted finish on another heel inspired by German artist Gotthard Graubner. The Rendez-Vous collection will tour a number of Roger Vivier stores worldwide starting January 2011. The number of editions for each design is yet to be determined.

Couture week is when Rogier Vivier usually trots out the house’s fanciest horn-of-plenty accessories, brimming with precious trims. But this season the company is changing tactics by launching Rendez-Vous, a new limited edition concept designed to bridge the gap between the former couture collection and the house’s main line — all without skimping on elegance or innovation.

 

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