“Simplicity. Simplicity is Very, Very Chic,” says Italian shoe designer Gianvito Rossi. THAT - and the ability to create an utterly elegant shoe. I fell in love with Rossi’s heels when I first saw one of the Italian designer’s chic plexi pumps and immediately had to post it on Instagram. Apparently celebs feel the same. “I love, love, love your shoes,” gushed Chrissy Teigen to Rossi at a recent cocktail party which fetê’d his Fall collection at Barney's New York in Beverly Hills. It’s no surprise Rossi makes a chic pair of heels. The Milan-based designer follows in the well-heeled footsteps of his father Sergio Rossi to design his collection. Celebs including Mischa Barton, Alana Stewart and Kate Miller are just a few of the style set who turned out to view his provocatively playful shoes at the recent event. For Fall/Winter look for Rossi’s chic stilettos made in satin, velvet and lace. There are also plenty of ‘70s inspired boots re-envisioned for an ultra chic look for today. See below for my Q&A with the designer.
- Norma Jayne
What inspires your shoe designs?
Clients or people I meet are a great inspiration. It’s direct contact and the meeting of people [that inspire me].
Who is the ideal Gianvito Rossi woman?
I think it’s very related to the philosophy of my design, which is very much about modernity, elegance and femininity. The combination of these three elements really describes the woman that likes my shoes.
What are some of the key styles in the Fall collection?
There are two main directions. One is the stiletto - elegant and pointy - and I play a lot with velvet and satin, black and this new rosy color – very elegant. Silver velvet too is very, very nice. And then we have a more ‘70s proportion, round toes, chunkier heels with the Mary Jane shape, which is one of the stronger trends, as well as boots with the round toes and chunky heels.
What is one shoe every woman should have in her closet?
THE shoe is the stiletto pump.
What are some places in LA that you’re looking forward to visiting during your stay?
I’m staying in Santa Monica on the beach, so it’s very nice. Some surf and sunshine. It’s fun.
What is VeryVeryChic to you?
“Simplicity. Simplicity is Verrry, Very Chic.”
photo credits: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Barney's New York and VeryVeryChic