Roger Vivier debuts a modern update on their iconic buckle for their 55th anniversary
Back to the future
This year marks Roger Vivier's buckle's 55th anniversary, and its planning to make history with history. Drawing inspiration from the past, the buckle — an eternal cycle of fashion — makes its comeback this year.
Since 1942, Roger Vivier had fancied a shoe with a high heel and a large buckle at the throat. Though only after many years of ideating and more inventions would the iconic shoe make its first appearance. "In recent years, my aim has been to adapt couture fashion to a larger clientele," he said. "In creating these models, I have thought of women who work and travel. Styles must be simple and refined."
Debuting during the Yves Saint Laurent fashion show in 1965, the chrome-plated buckle shoe — with straight sides that represent masculinity and rounded angles that represent femininity — was the perfect symbol of balance. The Roger Vivier boutique in Paris sold 50 pairs a day, making it the most in-demand footwear at the time. And when French actress Catherine Deneuve wore a pair in Luis Bunuel's film "Belle de Jour", it was immortalized forever. It has since been known as the "Belle Vivier" — the Maison's most iconic style, worn by the world's most elegant women of that time such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Hélène Rochas, and Marlene Dietrich.
Today, the maison's creative director Gherardo Felloni gives the buckle a revamped look and a modern take. With the Très Vivier maintaining a retro look, the signature buckle is updated with more rounded curves. The Très Vivier pumps now embody freedom with a chunky heel that comes in two heel heights, different materials, color combinations and buckle styles covered in leather, polished in metal or encrusted in crystals.
The buckle is back for another influential period, showing us its versatility and ever-lasting value. It will be hard to beat this 55th anniversary celebration.