“You go to parties and see all these artisto-crazy guys and girls,” Giuseppe Zanotti said of the inspiration for his fall ’15 presentation in Milan. The social butterfly (and former DJ) was speaking from experience. “They have fun and are chic and so free. But their outfits can be so wrong,” he said. “Sometimes, disgusting combinations actually work really well. Formality is very boring.” This kind of wild abandon extended to both the over-the-top shoes on display and the event’s eye-catching décor. “This is also wrong. It’s the after-party table,” he said, gesturing to a center display covered with cast-off jewelry, lipstick-marked champagne flutes and other debauchery paraphernalia. So what’s the wildest party Zanotti has been to
recently? “Me? Oh, lots,” the designer told Spy, before a perfectly timed swarm of eager guests swooped him away.
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Sergio Rossi designer Angelo Ruggeri was quite the host this season. At the brand’s fall presentation, he welcomed collection collaborator and fashion plate Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, along with brand owner François-Henri Pinault of Kering Group and wife Salma Hayek. Milan’s fashion flock also turned out, including Anna Dello Russo. “People always ask me who my woman is,” Ruggeri said of his muse. “Bianca represents this perfectly because she is Italian and Brazilian. I’m from Italy, so we share a certain Latin attitude.” The feeling is apparently mutual. “Angelo is amazing,” said the loafer-clad beauty of the all-black lineup. “I am not a ’crazy shoe’ type of girl. I like more simple styles.” She gave Spy a peek at the collection’s showpiece: her “crazy boots.” Picture an embroidered over-the-knee style resembling coquette lace. As for her working relationship with Ruggeri, the two seemed fashionably smitten. “We clicked fast,” Brandolini D’Adda shared, noting that they paired up only two months ago. Ruggeri agreed that the collection came together seamlessly. “We laughed a lot,” he said of his collaborator. “It was love at first sight.”