On the rooftop of Holloway House, one of many latest resort properties of Soho House, a bunch of actresses who’re followers of Roger Vivier manufacturers got here out to rejoice the equipment model on the night of Dec. 9.
During cocktails, Mayfair Witches and The White Lotus star Alexandra Daddario chatted with Roger Vivier artistic director Gherardo Felloni about his distinctive vacation residence in Italy, a former lighthouse on Giglio Island off the coast of Tuscany. Cheryl Strayed, the best-selling author of Wild, was there to see Laura Dern, one of many co-hosts of the social gathering and the star of 2014 movie based mostly on the e book.
Dern, who shared internet hosting duties for the night with advisor and former InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown, instructed The Hollywood Reporter that she has been a fan of the model’s footwear for many years.
“I’ve been since I began watching motion pictures. I fell in love with the long-lasting Vivier footwear via girls I like like Catherine Deneuve,” stated Dern of the actress who famously wore Roger Vivier black footwear with steel buckles in 1967’s Belle de Jour. Dern, who stars this fall in Florian Zeller’s drama The Son, was carrying a pair of crimson Vivier pumps that she stated reminded her of “my first shoe love.” At 20, she purchased a pair of Roger Vivier footwear in Paris that had been modelled after Deneuve’s footwear in Belle de Jour.
But Dern had by no means formally related with the model, till Brown made an introduction earlier this yr.
As Felloni, a fan of Dern’s since he noticed her in David Lynch’s 1990 movie Wild at Heart, remembers it, “I noticed [Laura Brown] in April final vogue week and I stated, ‘Come on, Laura, let’s do one thing collectively. She launched me by cellphone to Laura Dern, who I’m obsessive about as a result of she’s an awesome actress, she’s tremendous lovely, proficient, iconic.
“So Laura [Brown] requested Laura [Dern] if she desires to host a dinner in Los Angeles for the model. I stated, ‘Oh implausible.’ So that’s the explanation I come right here,” continued Felloni, who hadn’t thrown a soiree in L.A. since earlier than the pandemic.
Among the trendy actresses who turned out for the dinner — which featured desk decor by Mimi Brown Studio — had been Alexandra Shipp, Jurnee Smollett, Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Lake Bell, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Shahi, Halston Sage, Brittney O’Grady, Bella Heathcote, Kathryn Newton, Michelle Randolph, Brianne Howey, Audrey Corsa, Larsen Thompson and Frida Gustavsson. Also in the gang had been writer-director Jenni Konner, director Niki Caro, Bling Empire’s Christine Chiu, artist Alex Israel and stylist Jeanne Yang.
The turnout spoke to the curiosity in the home of Vivier and the vitality on the model below Felloni, 85 years after its founder opened his first store in Paris in 1937. Roger Vivier, who died in 1998 at age 90, was additionally identified for making the gold pumps that Queen Elizabeth wore at her coronation in 1953. He’s additionally been credited as creating the primary stiletto heel, although André Perugia and Salvatore Ferragamo even have a declare on that innovation.
Regarding Felloni’s flip on the helm of the model (which can be identified for its luggage and jewellery), Dern instructed THR that, “What Gerardo is doing now’s he’s balancing honoring the long-lasting iconography whereas additionally being at play.” She says she loves his takes on “the traditional buckled shoe [that he’s done] in these tone-on-tone nearly Bakelite buckles with these lovely spring colours, a mint inexperienced, a violet.”
Among Felloni’s improvements on the model are the I Love Vivier pumps which have a silhouette in the entrance that creates a coronary heart form. “It’s performing tremendous properly and it’s tremendous comfy,” stated Felloni, who grew up in a shoe-making household in Italy and was named artistic director of Roger Vivier in 2018. “I’ve two or three little secrets and techniques. It was the model of my desires. So after they proposed me to work on this model, I used to be tremendous excited.”
Dern, who introduced her daughter Jaya Harper to the dinner, expanded on her penchant for footwear, including, “As an actress and a girl, I like footwear. They are the one luxurious merchandise I’ve at all times been in love with. But as an actor, footwear actually do make the character, in phrases of attempting to get inside who that particular person is. That’s at all times been actually fascinating to me.”
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