FASH­ION NEWS Aquaz­zura x de Gour­nay; and Re­bec­ca­v­al­lance.

Aquaz­zura's EDGARDO OSORIO

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents -

The founder of the shoe brand beloved by the likes of Poppy Delev­ingne and Olivia Palermo is no stranger to col­lab­o­ra­tion (in fact, Edgardo Osorio has worked with both women), but his lat­est part­ner­ship is quite unique.this month, Osorio re­leases a cap­sule col­lec­tion ex­clu­sively on Match­es­fash­ion.com fea­tur­ing a print he col­lab­o­rated on with lux­ury wall­pa­per com­pany de Gour­nay, fa­mous for its hand­painted pan­els in­spired by orig­i­nal 18th- and 19th-cen­tury de­signs. HARPER’S BAZAAR: How did the col­lab­o­ra­tion come about? EDGARDO OSORIO:WELL, I’ve al­ways been ob­sessed with in­te­ri­ors — I think I’m al­most look­ing more at in­te­ri­ors than at fash­ion. I am very pas­sion­ate about dec­o­ra­tion and de­sign, and when­ever I am trav­el­ling I go to an­tiques fairs, I go to the flea mar­kets. In terms of my re­la­tion­ship with de Gour­nay, I knew about the wall­pa­per — I re­ally love it and ac­tu­ally I put it in one of the rooms in my house in Florence. It was shot for a magazine and they saw it and they con­tacted us and said,“we love what you do and we would love to do some­thing to­gether.”you know, it’s quite amaz­ing what they do, be­cause ev­ery­thing is fully cus­tomised and all done by hand, and so we de­cided to de­sign a wall­pa­per with them. HB: Tell us about the de­sign. EO: It’s an ex­otic pink jun­gle. I am ob­sessed with all th­ese 18th-cen­tury illustration books and the Wun­derkam­mern (cabi­net of cu­riosi­ties) and all this ex­oti­cism of the time. I was look­ing at all the birds and mon­keys in th­ese amaz­ing il­lus­tra­tions and I thought,“you know, it’s funny, they make a lot of this Chi­nois­erie wall­pa­per, but I haven’t seen some­thing a lit­tle more ex­otic” — more like a jun­gle — and so I de­cided to go for some­thing that had snakes and mon­keys and par­rots and cock­a­toos but in their style, and so we came up with this wall­pa­per, which is also avail­able for sale. HB: Why did you choose pink as the back­ground colour of the wall­pa­per? Eo:well, I am kind of ob­sessed with pink lately. My de­sign stu­dio is al­most that ex­act shade of pink — I find it such a calm­ing colour, so I thought it was a per­fect colour to do it in, and also it wasn’t ex­pected. I didn’t want to do a green jun­gle — it would have been too ob­vi­ous! HB: And what about the de­sign of the shoes? Eo:well, af­ter I saw the re­sult I thought it would be won­der­ful to make shoes in this print,and so we de­cided to­gether with Match­es­fash­ion.com to make five shoe styles that were kind of like just chic, easy shoes, and we printed the wall­pa­per de­sign on a silk crepe fab­ric and also in­cor­po­rated a lit­tle bit of em­broi­dery so it has tex­ture, too. I love how they came out.the col­lec­tion looks re­ally fresh and pre­cious. HB: Are you go­ing to put the new wall­pa­per in your house? EO: I want to, but I am [won­der­ing] where, be­cause there are al­ready five dif­fer­ent wall­pa­pers in my house!

Re­becca Val­lance dress, $735, net-a-porter.com.

Aquaz­zura shoes in a shoot by Fiona Torre for Match­es­fash­ion.com.

Edgardo Osorio.

Aquaz­zura x de Gour­nay shoes, clock­wise from left, $685, $563, $515, $705 and $685, match­es­fash­ion.com.

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