Sergio Rossi Women’s Fall/Winter 2011-12: The Metamorphosis Ball

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“Become your best self, but keep playing” is SERGIO ROSSI’s dictum for the Fall Winter 2011-2012 collection by Creative Director, Francesco Russo.

During a visit to Nimes’ Arena in summer 2010, Russo experienced an aesthetic shock wave inspiring fantastic thoughts. He imagined a dramatic ball where the urge to be noticed is matched by the desire to be guarded. “One protects one’s self by disguise”, says Russo, and the shoe as always is his emblematically seductive weapon. “For me, the chrysalis symbolizes supreme femininity. I tried to evoke metamorphoses from the most natural to the most urban; from the most animal to the most sophisticated”.

The night butterfly was joined by the Venetian Carnival mask manifesting itself in two-toned silk satin or leather; a tribal ornament; a super-colored flash of fetish. A tribute to the Commedia dell’ Arte. A playful spirit reigns with clever lines drawn in black mini-suns and polka dots. Reveling in the dark of night, the shoes conjure memories of “Eyes Wide Shut”. A flat, monochromatic Harlequin boot composed of suede and snakeskin diamond shapes take rises in the black of night aglow in the moonlight. Ruffles, petticoats and rosettes.

The language of seduction indulges in the extreme sensuality of a fantastic garden brimming with pleated flaring boots inspired by the spiral of a coiled ammonite fossil, the bend of a weeping willow and the stem of a showy anthurium plant. Sitting atop a thorn-less stemmed heel, or reinforced by golden honeycombs, the shoe transforms itself surviving and thriving in this haunted garden.

The spirit of fashion sublimely prevails in silk taffeta heralding the shoe as the new finery, a breastplate or velvet underbelly with a pinned jewel on the instep. “Black gives strength. It is the keystone of any color combination and what makes everything stronger”, Russo explains. Gold, triangular flats recall the glamorous 80′s of Studio 54 and the Palace. Peacock blue and electric green, lipstick red and bright fuchsia clash with bare flesh flashing on a dance floor pulsing with renewed energy and imagination.

To present the Fall Winter 2011-12 collection in a unique setting, the SERGIO ROSSI showroom has been transformed into a sensory theater with flat screen, high definition filmic explorations played by curatorial talking head, Alexander Fury, Fashion Director of Nick Knight’s award-winning website SHOWstudio.com.

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