Giuseppe Zan­otti

The shoe de­signer on his s 20th an­niver­sary and what to wear to dance the night away. By Cai Mei Khoo.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - News -

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your 20th an­niver­sary! Thank you – 20 is a good tar­get. It was very hard in the begin­ning, all by my­self with­out any sup­port. I started at The Plaza ho­tel in NYC; I was too shy to show the col­lec­tion in Italy even though I’m Ital­ian. The se­cret of your suc­cess? There isn’t a spe­cific for­mula, I just want to cre­ate shoes that make women feel sen­sual and look beau­ti­ful. I love it when they wear my shoes with cre­ativ­ity. Tell us more about your 20th an­niver­sary lim­ited edi­tions. All four rep­re­sent the most im­por­tant parts of my ca­reer. Jewel is a col­lec­tion of flats, all in gold, be­cause I wanted to cre­ate the idea of the beach and of free­dom and sim­plic­ity. Rock ’n’ Roll is mu­sic en­ergy with a dose of an­drog­yny, in­spired by punk, bik­ers, rock stars, and metal with buck­les and studs. Black Stilet­tos is an in­ti­mate story of the shoe used to lure vic­tims, to at­tract lovers – the woman with the heel. Disco is the fi­nal col­lec­tion; it’s fun, it’s free, hold­ing no di­rec­tion. Why all gold for ‘Jewel’? Be­cause gold is time­less. The idea to make them all flats came from Brigitte Bar­dot in Saint-Tropez in the ’60s but each san­dal has its own story. One is like Venus, the body of the woman. Another, not a snake, yet danger­ous like a snake. Sen­sual. What was the de­sign process like? Draw­ing this col­lec­tion was a great chal­lenge. I ab­sorbed ev­ery­thing around me, from the peo­ple I see on the street to dis­cos, art, mu­sic, and from the en­ergy of the places I travel to. Then I mixed all of this to­gether and just started cre­at­ing. You’ve said that mu­sic plays a big role in your creative process. Al­ways. I used to be in­spired by Jimi Hen­drix and the Rolling Stones but now, I’m look­ing to­wards d hip hop. It’s in the street, it’s not cou­ture, it’s another cul­ture. It’s good to lis­ten and ab­sorb en­ergy from dif­fer­ent arts. Fashion is ev­ery­where. In­spi­ra­tion for this col­lec­tion? Each shoe sig­ni­fies a spe­cial mem­ory. The Cruel Summer san­dals were in­spired from a din­ner with Kanye West; the Sko­r­pion san­dals are a nod to my fa­ther’s astrological sign. Who’s the Giuseppe Zan­otti woman? She is not con­stant at all. She’s al­ways sexy, but in dif­fer­ent ways. A fickle mon­ster, she changes quickly and doesn’t like old en­ergy on board. Your thoughts on how women have changed in the past 20 years? Women are more self-con­fi­dent. They used to fol­low “safe” out­fits but now they play with dif­fer­ent el­e­ments, mix­ing irony and fun. Three key shoes to buy now? A pair of man san­dals, a Na­tive Amer­i­can-style boot in suede, and a black-tie shoe. What’s best for danc­ing the night away? Naked feet! They are ter­ri­bly sexy, and they al­low you to move freely. The Jewel col­lec­tion is cur­rently avail­able; Rock ’n’ Roll will be avail­able in Septem­ber; Black Stilet­tos at the end of Novem­ber; and Disco in Fe­bru­ary 2015. Giuseppe Zan­otti De­sign, 2.31, Pav­il­ion KL. Tel: 03-2142 5757.

Giuseppe Zan­otti

Sketches of the Jewel col­lec­tion Cruel Summer flats, Giuseppe Zan­otti De­sign

Spi­p­i­ott flats, Giuseppe Zan­otti De­sign

Rita Ora in Giuseppe Zan­otti De­sign

Amira flats, Giuseppe Zan­otti De­sign

Jennifer Lopez per­form­ing in Las Ve­gas wear­ing Giuseppe Zan­otti De­sign

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.