SERGIO ROSSI: A TRIBUTE TO GABRIELLA CRESPI

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A new collaboration between Sergio Rossi and the designer Gabriella Crespi reinforces the existing bond that strongly links the brand to the world of art and design.
Gabriella Crespi is the famous artist, designer and sculptress who expressed her innovative and distinctive Italian style in the sixties and seventies during a career that spanned more than two decades.
Paying tribute to the artistic accomplishments of this designer, Sergio Rossi created the Sergio Rossi: A Tribute to Gabriella Crespi exhibition-event at Salone del Mobile, the international furniture and design expo in Milan. Sergio Rossi also designed a special collection inspired by her furniture and genuine works of art. The first special edition designed by the new Collections and Design Director Angelo Ruggeri.
The designer commented this ‘creative project’ with Sergio Rossi by saying: “I’m very interested in new creative fields and I accepted this collaboration out of curiosity and with a spirit of pure enjoyment. I found the basic idea of the capsule collection – with that sleek, drizzled, almost liquid heel inspired by my Gocce Oro candelabra from 1974 – extremely different and challenging.
There was a common goal behind this creative project: to make a product that was aesthetically beautiful and revealed outstanding craftsmanship. I find that art, design and fashion have countless points of contact: they communicate and challenge one another naturally, almost through osmosis.”
In the rooms of Palazzo Crespi, a historical Milanese residence that was chosen as the exhibit venue, the designer’s timeless art meets Sergio Rossi style – the quintessence of feminine elegance.
Wood, metal, stone and lacquer – the materials that Gabriella Crespi used in her furniture and objects – inspired Sergio Rossi in the creation of these special collection, which will be available in the Sergio Rossi boutiques starting December 2013.
Sergio Rossi created a line of sculpture-like shoes with a unique design that nevertheless reflects the proverbial style and elegance of the brand from San Mauro Pascoli.
The tribute collection is composed of ten different shoe styles. The first segment is inspired by Gabriella Crespi’s iconic elements: lacquers, multiple elements, and moons. Curved shapes and silhouettes predominate and are characterized by elements in contrasting colours that bring to mind the works of Gabriella Crespi where red, white and black are combined with brass and steel.
The most representative shoe in this segment is the iconic Sergio Rossi pump reinterpreted with transparent effects, metallic-finish leathers, lacquers, and patent leather to suggest the famous Yang Yin table.
The second segment of the collection, which is tied to the world of jewellery, celebrates Gabriella Crespi’s unique creative talent with sculpture-like shoes that perfectly blend the sophisticated craftsmanship of the brand and the visionary talent of the designer.
Filigree, a technique favoured by the artist, is the leitmotif of this segment.
The heels drizzled with gold clearly evoke the famous Gocce Oro candelabras, while layers of laminated leather cover the entire foot to recreate the exquisite effect of her precious jewellery.

GABRIELLA CRESPI
Born in Milan in 1922, she grew up in Tuscany near Florence, where she developed her first love of nature. Throughout her life, Gabriella has been a designer, an artist: a brilliant creator of art pieces.
In the ’60s and ’70s she produced her best creations that furnish the homes of famous people among whom George Livanos, Thomas Hoving, Princess Grace, Gunther Sachs and the Shah of Iran. Gabriella Crespi has imposed on the international scene for her unique and peculiar point of view. The multi-functionality of Crespi’s furniture is a trademark. Her creations range from the ‘metamorphic’ tables, to libraries that become room partitions, the innovative seats convertible into beds, and her focus on nature translates in whole collections made of natural materials, in the creation of zoomorphic objects, silver or gold, with a real ostrich egg or hand-blown glass.
Always, in Crespi’s work one feels that ‘search for the infinite’, the theme to her whole existence.

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