FASHION NEWS Aquazzura x de Gournay; and Rebeccavallance.
Aquazzura's EDGARDO OSORIO
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.
Aquazzura x de Gournay shoes, clockwise from left, $685, $563, $515, $705 and $685, matchesfashion.com.