Inès’ 2015 Hit List
There’s never a dull moment for Inès de la Fressange. As she celebrates the new year, the brand ambassador for Roger Vivier opens up about travel plans and personal passions, from photography to shopping.
Most exciting thing happening to the brand right now:
“Actually, every day something exciting is happening in this company. We have had a lot a success, and the opening of many new stores worldwide is a reason to celebrate.”
Celebrity muse of the moment:
“I could give you a lot of names, like Cate Blanchett or Lee Radziwill. Peronally, I am always happy when I’m told that [songwriter] Marianne Faithfull comes to Roger Vivier to buy a pair of shoes. You know, for a house that made shoes for Queen Elizabeth II, Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot, we are sometimes just happy to transform anonymous [women] into stars.”
Trip you are most looking forward to:
“We are going to open a store in Bangkok; of course, it’s fun to go there. I also love to go to Provence, but there it can’t be for business — it’s a place where you buy espadrilles.”
Passion of the moment:
“Taking pictures. Nowadays it’s so easy to retouch them, transform people and landscapes, skin or light. I could do that all day. But I’m still a shopaholic. Yesterday, I bought three pairs of Isabel Marant loafers, even if I work in the temple of gorgeous shoes. Crazy.”
The Zoe Show
The awards circuit might be all fun for moviegoers, but it’s one of the busiest times of the year for Rachel Zoe. “With the start of awards season and February Fashion Week around the corner, the beginning of the New Year is always insane,” the designer and stylist told Spy. She’s already hard at work finding the best options for her A-list clients, who include Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Garner and Sofia Vergara. When it’s time to pick that all-important shoe to go with a red-carpet look, Zoe said there’s no secret formula besides being ready to play with endless options. This season, she’s all about a spin on metallic. “My team and I are loving rose gold shoes — it’s a nice alternative to gold, but subtler and softer. It looks best in a classic pump or simple sandal,” she said.
The art of photography is a passion for Oliver Sweeney. For fall ’15, the men’s designer took a cue from the trade. From equipment design to film developing, the brand translated that inspiration into footwear via technical fabrics with classic flourishes. “I was inspired by how photography’s blend of art and technology so closely resembles the way we approach traditional shoemaking techniques,” said Tim Cooper, cobbler-in-chief. The result includes color-blocked leathers and grainy leather finishes, done on boot and lace-up styles. Switching gears from photography to movies, Cooper’s other latest obsession includes the film ‘Chef.’ “I saw it recently on a flight from California to London. It appealed to my love of home cooking,” said Cooper. “But what really made it for me was the soundtrack of Latin and Caribbean grooves.”
Alberto Moretti had an unlikely customer in mind for for his fall ’15 collection — notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. “Beside seeing Clyde with printed bullets on silk and velvet, I imagined him wearing sneakers with white fur and holographic leather,” said the designer. The collection includes sneakers in both leather and velvet, with mock bullet holes done in a gold metallic. When asked which celebrity he could see sporting the line, Moretti suggested heartthrob (and occasional action star) Ryan Gosling. “He’s worn my velvet loafers in the past,” he said
Melissa McCarthy rocking a Dana Davis look at the People’s Choice Awards. The star topped off her all-black ensemble with a black peep-toe pair featuring cutout details. “I want to pinch myself. I just love her,” said Davis. “She is strong, confident, and a funny woman who wants to be sexy and comfortable. She loves the shoes so much that when she got her hands and footprints in cement in Hollywood, she took them off because she didn’t want to get them dirty.” Plus, the celeb got some stage time: She nabbed an award for “Favorite Comedic Movie Actress.”