Gianvito Rossi: Shoes should make women feel beautiful

Gianvito Rossi: Shoes should make women feel beautiful

SINGAPORE - With shoes getting zanier and crazier each season, Gianvito Rossi's simple and sexy stilettos are a breath of fresh fashion air.

Celebrities and fashion insiders alike swear by these designer soles for their sheer "walkability" factor, being spotted on the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson; Carine Roitfeld is said to be one of Rossi's most ardent fans.

We met shoe designer Gianvito Rossi in Singapore last week at a cosy press presentation of his latest Autumn Winter 2013 collection, now available in store at On Pedder Scotts Square.

Gianvito Rossi's love for shoes is in his blood: he's the son of famed Sergio Rossi, who had also founded his eponymous shoe label with the knowledge acquired from his shoemaker father.

As Gianvito Rossi puts it, "a shoe is like the frame of a beautiful painting, in which the main subject is the woman." In other words, the shoe should bring out the elegance and beauty of the woman who wears it; it should "complete the look" of a modern woman's wardrobe.

Rossi considers ornaments on shoes to be excessive. Instead of in-your-face embellishments, the designer prefers to experiment with soft lines, geometric cut-outs and silhouettes on classic shapes like the stiletto pump.

A well-proportioned arch is the key to making the stiletto walkable, explains Rossi.

According to the designer, there is an ergonomic sense to the curve of the shoe's arch, so that it holds the foot right. The shoemaker has to understand how to "refine the shape and proportion", says Rossi, so that the arch can support the strain of the high heel.

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