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2009 July 9

When a Sac is an Objet

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(PARIS) To toast the Fall/Winter 2009/2010 collection of Roger Vivier Haute Couture, Bruno Frisoni and Ines de la Fressange hosted a ladies lunch full of shopping and dishing at the brand's boutique and headquarters on rue Faubourg-St. Honore.

The collection, entitled l'Objet du Sac, suggests an increased focus on bags at the house, which has most recently cultivated a cult favorite with its Cut-Up style. The couture consists of 10 pieces, only two of which are shoes. The house produced a small booklet of 10 corresponding chapters and illustrations, each of which tells its own part of the seasonal story. The protagonist is a 27-year-old girl named Luce who waxes on her relationship with Frisoni's beautiful objects. "Of all her bags (and Luce had a great many--to the point that she thought of her dressing room as more of a breeding plant), her favorite was the champagne and scarlet piece," the unnamed author writes in Chapter 1, entitled "Toi Mon Coco." That is also the name of the 15,000 € painted crocodile bag that looks like a crocodile.

"Carlalia" describes crocodile frame bags designed for Carla Bruni Sarkozy; a portion of proceeds sold will benefit her charity. "Luce never let them leave her side," the story reads. "She taught them the silent songs that pamper evening gowns and the tender, musical murmurrings that accompany costumes like an accordion at the back of the room."

The Piupiupiupiu sac is "as fragile as a bird's nest." "Perched on an imaginary twig, two birds' heads formed a clasp, meeting in a kiss each time she opened or closed the bags strewn with feathers," the narrator continues. "They're locked in an eternal embrace," said Frisoni, laughing.

In the realm of footwear, a crocodile pump and embroidered court shoes give Luce something for her pieds. And Frisoni also managed to design an objet. "Technically, it's a bag, but it looks most beautiful as an object, seated on a table," he explained of "Tatatartaruga," a tortoise-like shell made of oxidized gold and encrusted with agates "like the eyes of her best friend." No wonder "this was the bag Luce liked to adorn herself with on days of uncertainty."

The couture pieces, which can reach 40,000 euros, are available by special order at Roger Vivier's boutiques worldwide.
ASHLEY BAKER




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