ROGER VIVIER VIV’ CHOC PIÈCE UNIQUE
DÉJEUNER SUR L’HERBE
Roger Vivier Launches Viv’ Choc Pièce Unique
During Paris’ Haute Couture Fashion Week
Roger Vivier’s Art Director, Gherardo Felloni launched his limited-edition Viv’ Choc Pièce Unique collection during Paris’ Spring Summer 2024 Haute Couture Fashion Week. For these twelve Viv’ Choc handbags, Monsieur Felloni drew inspiration from Roger Vivier’s signature square shoe buckle, which features in the form of a frame to the lock, together with the sinuous curves of the Maison’s iconic “Choc” heel, which he launched in 1959.
Equal parts statement haute couture fashion accessory and opulent object d’art, the handbags are romantically and evocatively named, such as Déjeuner sur l’Herbe (Picnic Lunch), Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me), Tempête de Neige (Snowstorm), Bleu Sauvage (Wild Blue), L’Aube (Dawn) and Roi Soleil (Sun King).
Each handbag comprises 70 separate parts and showcases the Roger Vivier atelier’s skill in couture craftsmanship.
Antique jewellery, feathers and botanical elements including grass, roses, anemones, dahlias and violets are reinterpreted using couture techniques such as draping, embroidery, crystal beading, silk petal appliqués, hand dyed feathers and real pearl embellishment.
Worn on the shoulder with a chain, internal and external pockets also make the bags practical.
Each piece takes a master craftsman approximately 50 intense hours to produce.
Two embellished haute couture gilets continue the theme. The cream-coloured ‘Tempête de Neige’ combines several sophisticated couture techniques, with silk organza dahlias sewn onto a lustrous background of iridescent sequins. The gilet is embellished with real baroque pearls interwoven with crystals, with a grosgrain satin bow fastening in front. This Pièce Unique required approximately 60 hours of couture craftsmanship.
The ‘Tremblant’ gilet is inspired by an 18th century necklace from Gherardo Felloni’s personal jewellery collection. Crystals and silver thread are sumptuously embroidered on a background of ink-black velvet using the ‘tremblant’ technique, which makes the crystals catch the light and shimmer with the slightest movement of the wearer. A black velvet tie fastens it in front. The ‘Tremblant’ Pièce Unique required approximately 100 hours of craftsmanship.
Just when we thought that Paris Haute Couture Week couldn’t get more exciting.
By: JEAN GROGAN
VIOLETTE DE NUIT
TEMPÊTE DE NEIGE
GILET: TEMPÊTE DE NEIGE