All the way back during New York Fashion Week, Vogue accessories editor Rickie de Sole hosted a luncheon at Bergdorf Goodman to fete the fall collection of Italian shoe designer Gianvito Rossi, son of Sergio and one of fashion's new cult favorites.
The latter was made evident by not only the show of support by the fashion bible and Bergdorf Goodman, but also the event's chic attendees, many of them clad in the designer's chic, sophisticated, and stylish-yet-understated footwear. Among them Natalie Joos, Kate Foley, Stephanie LaCava, W's Karla Martinez, Tamu McPherson, Sabine Heller, and more. It was clear that Gianvito Rossi was a brand of shoes that people not only want to look at and photograph, but also wear.
And while he may not yet have the name recognition or "icon" status of, say, a Manolo Blahnik or a Jimmy Choo, we could see him going in that direction.
We caught up with the designer in between the luncheon and a meet-and-greet at the shoe salon to discover that his dedication to the craft of making beautiful shoes was abundantly clear. Rossi explained that he had always been around shoes (his father being iconic shoe designer Sergio Rossi) and that when his father left his own company after it was bought by Gucci Group, "I found myself for the first time without the shoes. That was really my life." So, he filled that void by starting his own line. "My father really encouraged me."
As the luncheon's stylish attendees air-kissed him goodbye, Rossi told us that having similarly sophisticated women wear and obsess over his shoes is his "greatest pleasure."
"I think people are really important. They're my real inspiration," he said.
We think one of the reasons his shoes are so appealing is that in a sea of flashy, street style bait-y shoes, they're comparatively understated and classic, but still feel modern. "My goal is reinvigorating classic shapes in a modern way." He points to our favorite of his shoes--a classic pointy toe pump with a very flattering higher back--as an example.
"Ideally, I'd like to make new classics. That's my ambition." It's a lofty goal, but one we think he has a good shot at achieving.