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Roger Vivier designer talks modern fashion

FashionBy Sunday World
Roger Vivier designer talks modern fashion

Bruno Frisoni sees a younger spirit in current fashion.

The designer has his own label and is also the creative director of footwear giant Roger Vivier, so knows a thing or two about shoes. Over the past 12 months Frisoni has introduced several new styles to Roger Vivier, one of which is sneakers, as he feels today's clothes horses are after a more relaxed aesthetic.

"In general, I think there is a change happening in fashion and a notably younger spirit," he told Pret-a-Reporter. "You can see everyone is evolving and it's a more laidback approach to dressing. More and more fashion is coming from the street, but adapted in a very luxurious way. Sneakers felt new and exciting and surprising, but like a logical next step for the brand. "Sneakers have become an iconic wardrobe piece. Everyone is wearing sneakers and not only for shopping or going to the gym - they've become the new ballerina (flats) in a way."

Many will recognise Frisoni's Roger Vivier creations on the red carpet as they're worn by big names like Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson, who the designer dubs the new Marilyn Monroe.

But not all famous ladies like wearing heels in the spotlight, and many - including Rashida Jones - voiced their anger at Cannes Film Festival making high shoes a rule at the event.

"For me, it's the same feeling as when women started to wear pants and they weren’t allowed to go to the office because certain presidents or CEOs wouldn’t allow them to do so - they wanted women wearing skirts and dresses," Frisoni noted. "It's thinking that women are only sex symbols or 'sex toys' because they are wearing a high heel. Don't get me wrong, I love women in heels, but I think everyone should be free to wear flats or even go without shoes. Why not if they are beautiful feet?"

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