Make way for AREA’s Sergio Rossi footwear collaboration. Seriously, make way — otherwise, you might get hurt.
The American label, beloved for its Swarovski crystal-encrusted separates, and Italian shoe connoisseur debuted a capsule collection of statement-making styles at the Frick museum on Monday. The gallery was a fitting locale for the show, considering that the shoes are essentially wearable works of art.
Flats, stilettos, and crystal-embellished clogs are topped with horn-like cones, recurring motifs throughout AREA’s latest collection, inspired by tetrahedral forms including pyramids and spikes.
The collaboration isn’t Sergio Rossi’s first high fashion rodeo. The footwear founder, who died in 2020, produced shoes for Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Alaïa in the ’90s. Look closely, and you’ll spot Rossi’s shoes in your favorite Frederico Fellini films — the director enlisted the designer to create heels worn in La Dolce Vita and Roma.
The bravest of shoppers can purchase AREA x Sergio Rossi beginning in February 2023, online at at select retailers.