"SUPPOSEDLY it was Christian Dior, who while working in his atelier with the legendary cobbler Roger Vivier, was moved to coin the word “footwear.” “Imagine discussing Marie Antoinette’s shoes!” Dior was said to have exclaimed. From then on, M. Vivier, when speaking of his creations, never used the s-word again. Or so the story goes." (nytimes-Zarah Crawford)
A Colorful Collage by Roger Vivier ,
Circa Mid 1970's
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VIVIER for DIOR
the Fragonard of the shoe
the Faberge of footwear
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Vivier for Diana Vreeland late 1960's
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As with his footwear, Vivier approached the interiors of his Paris apartment, shared with Jacques Damase, like sculpture. The assemblage of period antiques,objects and art were displayed strategically with space to breathe. Louis XV chairs sit sculpturally against white walls. A Serge Poliakoff painting is framed in an Italian 16th century frame. Poliakoff had been influenced by the Delaunays' emotive color studies and the sculptor Otto Freundlich's curved colour-form compositions. His palette of browns and greys open to accommodate bright colors like Vivier's. Objects like the Egyptian Ibis is displayed on a 16th century lacquer Chinese table & it coexists harmoniously with a Venetian Saint Sebastian placed on an ormolu Louis XVI table.
Deliberate juxtaposition ruled the residence. A striking Carlo Segio Signori sculpture dominates a Coromandel screen and an ancient Cycladic idol. Perfect balance pervades in this Vivier setting. A Jean-Michel Atlan painting hangs defiantly over a Louis XVI chair from the Rambouillet Palace, still in its original leather. Atlan, a self taught painter, a teacher, poet and member of the French resistance found a place exhibiting his paintings alongside Braque & Matisse. Atlan recreated the rhythmic elements of poetry in the heavily blackened outlines of pastel forms. A lyric or hieroglyphic message emerges in many Atlan's paintings.
Vivier's 12th century "shoeless" Chinese goddess floats along a wall in the sitting room where Louis XV chairs in red leather reside alongside a Mies van de Rohe's Barcelona chair.
Frisson carried on with the cinema CHIC of Roger Vivier in the footwear he designed for Cate Blanchett in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood
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VIVIER site here.
Bruno Frisoni is responsible for the revival of the Vivier mystique and as its creative director he has been searching the Vivier archives for inspiration- his homage to and his interpretation of Roger Vivier's style has made it the most CHIC footwear today. It is firmly ingrained luxury. There is a twist of the modern-a newness-but not trendy-no Never-just witness the Jimmy Choo ugg?
No not here, thankfully-but then THAT is nowhere near our word-CHIC, not even close.
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Another photograph of the VIVIER interior takes the idea of spare Chic into the dramatically lit Hall. The stone Burgundian goddess of plenty, Pomona, confronts a Cesar Baldaccini Compression sculpture. Cesar is known as the great innovator of modern metal sculpture and took the idea of junk cars in America being compressed for scrap. Cesar said "although I had received a classical academic training, my vision changed through my work with scrap iron. I entered the factory world and learned to approach recuperated materials in their own language."
and the ever CHIC Carine Roitfeld in a Cesar Compression necklace, below.
In Ines de Fressange, ROGER VIVIER brings the epitome of CHIC to the label.
Ines Little Diaries here
the New York Madison Avenue store below
the design House of Vivier has been revived beautifully since 2002 by Bruno Frisoni- carrying the idea that a VIVIER shoe is sculpture and for Fall 2010 Frisoni says “Be classic and chaste with a modern touch” .
Gwyneth Paltrow in Roger Vivier
(that clutch GP is clutching is CHIC, truly)
all VIVIER interior images from The Best In European Decoration, edited by Georges & Rosamond Bernier
& once there find- Ines Little Diaries here -
at Adrianna Sassoon-read all about VIVIER here