“Dreams are a metaphor for reality,” says Gherardo Felloni, creative director of Roger Vivier. Revealing his second collection for the house, the 38-year-old designer — who took the helm of the footwear juggernaut in March last year — tapped into a realm beyond the palpable. “For the launch of the Fall/Winter ’19 collection, my inspiration comes from what I think women imagine when they dream.”
This meant floating into a dreamscape, where femininity, as Felloni interpreted it, is less high-octane and razzmatazz-charged, more joyous and eccentric. Titled ‘Daydream Vivier’, the collection presents footwear and bags that the creative director seemingly materialised straight out of his imagination, as if on a whim. Yet at closer inspection, minute details would emerge to prove that they hold more than just a pretty facade.
Felloni’s work is a melding of form and function. White sneakers come strapped with a giant fuchsia buckle and bolstered with thick soles that double in comfort. Structural velvet ankle boots taper into heels that are curved and arched (Felloni, apparently, resurrected this heel design from the house’s archive). Snug loafers are polished with a flirtatious patent shine and gem ornaments. A new bag design, monikered the Beau Vivier, is wrapped with the house’s signature rectangular buckle and is replete with a top handle and a detachable shoulder strap — leaving the decision entirely up to its wearer.
“Women are influenced by historical and political moments,” Felloni says of the women he designs for in an interview with Forbes, “which sounds heavy but it’s true.” One of these female figures would have to be Emily Lam-Ho. The Hong Konger is a mother of two and a full-time environmentalist. The 34-year-old has always taken climate change issues seriously. In college, she spearheaded an environmental group called Hong Kong Environment Action Team — HEAT, in short — with several peers.
“I don’t think the impact really hit close to home until I had children and became a mother,” she recalls. A few years ago, after giving birth to her first child, Lam-Ho decided to band together with 10 other concerned mothers to ensure a better environment for the next generation; their children. They built EcoDrive: a non-profit organisation that focuses on battling single-use plastic waste in Hong Kong.
Above, Lam-Ho brings Felloni’s whimsical Roger Vivier Fall/Winter ’19 collection out for a real-life test drive.
Photographs by Matt Hui
Creative direction by Jack Wang
Words by Bianca Husodo
Hair by Winky (Il Colpo)
Makeup by Gary Chung
Photography assistance by Madlax Chu, Tszwai Liu, Tommy Ng, Alan Chiu
Location: K11 Artus
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