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Poker Faces

Judging from the scene at Roger Vivier’s showroom on March 6, you wouldn’t know there’s a recession out there. Designer Bruno Frisoni and Inés de la Fressange, ambassador for the brand, glided from room to room greeting an enthusiastic press pack. The lavish collection took inspiration from a deck of cards. Hearts, spades and clubs embellished with Swarovski crystals were prominent on footwear, gloves and even chunky cuff bracelets. De la Fressange pointed out her favorite shoes, a pair of platform T-straps in leopard-print calf hair. Frisoni also showed off a retooled version of the house’s square-buckle pump, originally worn by Catherine Deneuve in the 1967 film “Belle de Jour.”

Gorgeous Goth
Rupert Sanderson’s definitely “in” with one Parisian giant. After winning British Accessory Designer of the Year in 2008, he came to the attention of Karl Lagerfeld. “He saw a shoe he liked and this catwalk collaboration followed,” said Sanderson, who supplied 51 shoes for Lagerfeld’s show on Sunday. Based on Sanderson’s KitKat, Piccadilly and Conquest shoes, the runway kicks were given a gothic touch, with miniature axes attached to the heels and blood-red piping on the soles. Describing the collaboration as a “stellar fashion moment,” Sanderson said, “It doesn’t get bigger than Lagerfeld.”


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