Roger Vivier: Behind The Chrome Buckle

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VIVIER’S PILGRIM MADE ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN 1965 FOR THE MONDRIAN-INSPIRED COLLECTION BY YSL. IMAGE: ROGER VIVIER

Think Roger Vivier and the first thing that comes to my mind would be its iconic buckle, something which I’ve always associated with the French luxury shoe-maker who opened his first store in Paris’ fashionable rue Royale back in 1937.

Having worked with fashion greats like Christian Dior, Nina Ricci and Pierre Balmain, it was through Yves Saint Laurent’s invitation to design shoes for his 1965 Mondrian collection that Vivier’s emblematic icon was born. The chromed buckle adorned a selection of flat-heeled pumps which Vivier created to complement Yves Saint Laurent’s couture creations for that season.

And there’s been no looking back since.

BELLE VIVIER BALLERINA FLATS, SPRING/SUMMER 2005 COLLECTION. IMAGE: ROGER VIVIER

ROUND BELLE, FALL/WINTER 2016 COLLECTION. IMAGE: ROGER VIVIER

Today the buckle is a permanent fixture in almost all of Roger Vivier’s creations under the direction of the brand’s Creative Director, Bruno Frisoni, who has adopted the chrome buckle as a symbol of Maison Roger Vivier. ‘This emblem of the Vivier spirit seemed the most obvious signature,’ Frisoni says, ‘especially as it lends itself to so many interpretations.’

From shoes and bags to small leather goods and even accessories like belts, jewellery and sunglasses, the iconic Vivier buckle has been reinterpreted countless times according to the spirit of the season.

BOX CLUTCH & FLOWER STRASS, FALL/WINTER 2016 COLLECTION. IMAGE: ROGER VIVIER

From being intricately decorated with glittering strass to holding its own as the most defining icon on the Viv’ range of bags, the buckle has seen various interpretations – wrapped in leather, adorned with floral crystals, even chromed in countless metallic hues. The only constant is that it has never become unrecognisable, always retaining its distinct shape as an ode to its creator.

SIN FRILL & VIV’ NANO PIED–DE-COQ, FALL/WINTER 2016 COLLECTION. IMAGE: ROGER VIVIER

VIV’ MICRO CRYSTALLISED & SNEAKY VIV’ CRYSTALLISED, FALL/WINTER 2016 COLLECTION. IMAGE: ROGER VIVIER

Walk into Roger Vivier today and you’ll see a plethora of buckled beauties, starting from footwear that range from tall sensual heels, to flat-heeled pumps, to girl-on-the-go sneakers. And then there are the bags, from the Pilgrim de Jour leather tote that comes with matching leather-wrapped buckles to the Viv’ range of exuberantly youthful pieces that come in the form of sling bags to clutches and everything else in-between.

In other words, falling in love with most everything you see would the easiest part. It’s deciding on what exactly you’ll want to bring home with the iconic buckle that would be difficult.

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Roger Vivier Small Pilgrim De Jour Leather Bag

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Roger Vivier Small Pilgrim De Jour Leather Bag

I have to say, I’m not a big fan of the giant pilgrim buckle that’s a recurring trademark from Roger Vivier, especially when it’s featured on their shoes, but there’s almost always an exception to the rule. This tote totally works.

It’s not just a gratuitous detail. This big rectangular buckle is part of the closure (the tab glides through it and keeps the bag neat and tidy), so it serves a legitimate purpose. The unusual shape of this top-handle tote also throws off what would normally have a stodgy, boxy feel. I don’t even know what to call this shape; I guess it’s slightly trapezoidal? I’m no geometry expert, but no matter. What’s so great about this is the fact that it’s instantly intriguing to the eye. Pebbled black leather always works, but it’s deep orange, the perfect rich hue without being too glaring, that’s so pretty for fall. Looks like we’d better buckle up. 

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Roger Vivier 2016 new spring and summer preview Sneaky Vrv ‘series

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Roger Vivier new Sneaky Viv ‘sneakers will be clever fusion of two classic elements, iconic buckle design encounter skateboarders essential white sneakers, showing stunning visual effects. As a brand of sports footwear line was first introduced, Sneaky Viv ‘avant-garde fashion sense both elegant and refined, creating everyday casual style.

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The series of shoes with a square buckle decorated with crystal ornaments Pilgrim shoes white leather or black patent leather, casual style casual and sophisticated jewelry gorgeous contrast. Full dynamic vitality, yet stylish attitude.
Wherein a Sneaky Viv ‘sneakers for the continuation Derby shoes 2015 autumn and winter series, it is injected color applique leather elements, such as paper-cut decals, Vichy Plaid and graffiti prints, perfect interpretation of the essence of this season.

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Firmness and flexibility of design, highlighting luxury temperament, but yet dynamic vitality. Roger Vivier Sneaky Viv ‘in contrast to the conflict between the beauty of the fashion show thoroughly.

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Roger Vivier Small Pilgrim De Jour Leather Bag

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Roger Vivier Small Pilgrim De Jour Leather Bag

I have to say, I’m not a big fan of the giant pilgrim buckle that’s a recurring trademark from Roger Vivier, especially when it’s featured on their shoes, but there’s almost always an exception to the rule. This tote totally works.

It’s not just a gratuitous detail. This big rectangular buckle is part of the closure (the tab glides through it and keeps the bag neat and tidy), so it serves a legitimate purpose. The unusual shape of this top-handle tote also throws off what would normally have a stodgy, boxy feel. I don’t even know what to call this shape; I guess it’s slightly trapezoidal? I’m no geometry expert, but no matter. What’s so great about this is the fact that it’s instantly intriguing to the eye. Pebbled black leather always works, but it’s deep orange, the perfect rich hue without being too glaring, that’s so pretty for fall. Looks like we’d better buckle up. Roger Vivier Small Pilgrim De Jour .

Wear with: No pilgrim shoes, please! Instead, invest in a pair of suede over-the-knee boots you can wear everywhere, like these by Saint Laurent. 

Roger Vivier Small Pilgrim De Jour Leather Bag

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Cate Blanchett Attends the BFI London Film Festival in Roger Vivier Pumps

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Cate Blanchett recently traipsed down the red carpet at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of her new film Truth in glittering black-and-gold patterned Roger Vivier Dorsay Pailettes Pumps paired with a stunning, embellished black velvet Schiaparelli creation from the brand’s Fall 2015 collection. These shoes are currently unavailable online, but you can shop a broad selection of Roger Vivier pumps, flats, and handbags at mytheresa.com.

Truth is a political thriller about the controversial events that ended Dan Rather’s tenure at theCBS Evening News desk. Rather is portrayed by screen legend Robert Redford, and Cate Blanchett plays CBS producer Mary Mapes. Truth opened in select theaters in the US last Friday, October 16th.

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Roger Vivier ‘T-Shirt Love’ Gommette Ballet Pumps

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With Valentine’s Day in just over a month, you can be sure that this won’t be the last Valentine’s Day-dedicated post you’ll be seeing on this blog for now. From Roger Vivier comes the specially-created Gommette ballet pump just perfect for that day of love that’s called T-Shirt Love. Why it’s called what it’s called I’ll never know, but the important thing to note about this gorgeous pair of metallic leather pumps is the detailing, more specifically, the painted red heart and the word Love which you’ll find on either toe cap.

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No word yet on when they’ll actually be launched in Singapore, or how much they’ll cost a pair, so do stay tuned for more updates. Or ring Roger Vivier directly at 6737-8444 and find out for yourself, and while you’re at it, do ask about the matching bag (the Miss Viv’) and clutch (the Mini Buckle) that’s also part of this special collection.

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