Gianvito Rossi collection for spring-summer 2012



Close-knit patterns like a spider's web. Sinuous, sensuous snakeskin. Footwear like dangerous, mesmerizing creatures.

The designer expresses his predilection for sleek style and opts for light silhouettes, straight heels, and hidden details. Surfaces are airy and covered with crisscrossing straps.

Color is saturated and strong. Mint, turquoise, poppy red, and salmon vie for the stage with black, nude beige, and iridescent glimmers for evening. Python leather, suede, satin and patent leather are the materials that create this season's mood.

Shapes are pure: a simple sandal is the point of departure for this exercise in creativity. Narrow straps of black or lacquer red patent leather are closely knit like a spider's web. Airy loops and bows adorn crisscross snakeskin straps. The wild soul of python is tamed by style.

Ultra-sophisticated aesthetics reveal an elegant black tie soul with each step. Cascades of dégradé crystals en-crust the heels of black satin pumps. Iridescent fabrics reveal their myriad facets amidst silvery glimmers. A black satin bow, an unusual decoration on the ankle, dresses the d'Orsay pump for a grand gala evening.

Blocks of vibrant color used all over, layered or blended in a jungle motif conquer the daytime scene that accentuates the choice between sleek squarish high heels and mid-heels in Plexiglas. The wedge is the only digression in height. Made of cork or wood, they are covered with a wave of suede to add texture to surfaces. This fluid movement contrasts with tightly woven leather in almost tribal patterns. Mesh and weaves "ensnare" the aesthetic of the collection.