WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The Italian designer, known for his sexy silhouettes and timeless designs, has just released a collaboration with up-and-coming designer Charles de Vilmorin.
Italian shoe veteran, Russo has has built a name for himself for his sexy, curved silhouettes and graphic twists on classics like mules, heeled sandals, and thigh-high boots. Images courtesy of @francescorusso_official.
Anyone in-the-know in the shoe business will know of Francesco Russo as a go-to for the best quality leather boots, timeless strappy sandals, or fierce pumps.
The Italian designer is a real shoe veteran, who designed Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Tribute platforms before founding his own label in 2013.
Since then he has built a name for himself for his sexy, curved silhouettes and graphic twists on classics like mules, heeled sandals, and thigh-high boots. In fact Russo’s flair for stilettos and architectural lines are so flattering that, rumor has it, Victoria Beckham ordered an entire collection as soon as she discovered Russo’s brand. Since then, the likes of Dakota Johnson, Olivia Palermo, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, Sofia Richie and Kylie Jenner have followed suit.
For Russo, who started his love affair with shoes early on – his mother worked as a seamstress and he’d always admire her clients’ shoes during fitness – hand craft and mastering the art of shoemaking is just as important as beautiful design and celebrity exposure.
It’s why he also opened a Paris atelier offering made-to-measure services: there’s a menu and women can create their own designs alongside the Francesco Russo creative team.
“It’s a new and superior luxury. We give total adherence to the female imagination to allow our women to become who they always dreamt to be,” says the brand.
The brand has also been evolving with the times and Russo has recently introduced a a-gender collection making everything from his signature stiletto heels to mannish loafers available for all to buy, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation. He has also just debuted a collaboration with Charles de Vilmorin, the French wunderkind who came onto the fashion scene in the middle of the 2020 lockdowns with an explosive, colorful couture collection.
The two designers worked together, using some of Russo’s most timeless designs – pumps, knee-high boots and loafers – as a canvas for the young designer to paint his bold, brightly-hued illustrations.
“I’ve always been amazed by Charles’ imagination and all his drawings. Seeing my classical silhouette as a canvas for his creativity is a great gift,” said Russo.
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