Bruno Frisoni unveiled his Spring/Summer '17 collection at the Maison de L'Amérique Latine as part of Paris Fashion Week yesterday, where we caught up with the designer to find out more about this season's inspirations.
Creative director of the house since 2004, Mr Frisoni has famously revived Roger Vivier, achieving the elusive yet sought-after balance of heritage and innovation. Another key factor of his success has been imaging how the wearer feels with the shoes on. "I like shoes that give a smile, that when you look down at them you smile and feel happy. It's a great feeling. And then also for sure, sexy."
SS17 for Mr Frisoni was underpinned by a sense of the urban nomad - a woman who travels but is Parisienne at heart, imbued with her own unique sense of luxury and sophistication. The muted colour palette and softly shaded leathers were inspired by a sweeping desert.
Laser-cut leather guipure was a key story of the season, seen as part of a standout pair of thigh-high boot-sandals (something the Vivier woman would surely wear upon arrival to her destination to mark her entry) and sensuous pointed-toe ankle boots.
The Roger Vivier Spring/Summer '17 collection also included the most elegant collection of sneakers on the market, playing with multi-coloured stones and satin.
The sharpest sense of Mr Frisoni's perceived traveller was seen in this black satin story, where a classic pair of crystal-buckled Vivier slingback was displayed next to their espadrille counterpart, creating a compelling sense of the RV woman from day-to-night.
And where does Mr Frisoni himself like to venture to? "I love to go to Ibiza, Tangiers, whatever is along the Mediterranean. I love it." Surely the Roger Vivier customer does too, and with the collection's extraordinarily ornate finishes, she's almost certainly smiling.