Top designers pay tribute to late Sergio Rossi

Top footwear designers have paid tribute to the late Sergio Rossi.The legendary craftsman died last Thursday night at the age of 84 after contracting Covid-19, his son Gianvito Rossi confirmed in a statement. In light of the sad news, many leading fash…

Top footwear designers have paid tribute to the late Sergio Rossi.

The legendary craftsman died last Thursday night at the age of 84 after contracting Covid-19, his son Gianvito Rossi confirmed in a statement.

In light of the sad news, many leading fashion stars have shared messages of condolences with his friends and family.

“Sergio was one of the main forces in Italian manufacture and design,” Manolo Blahnik told Footwear News. “I met him years ago and he was so charming – he contributed so much, he was a major talent and very important. He had an incredible flair for what is current, he produced wonderful things. It’s an enormous loss for the shoe industry.”

Elsewhere, Sophia Webster described Rossi as “one of the greatest shoe designers of our time” in an Instagram post, and Tamara Mellon commented that she was “deeply sad” to learn of the designer’s passing.

Chloe Gosselin named Rossi as a personal hero, while Amina Muaddi labelled him as a “legend” of the footwear industry.

In addition, Rupert Sanderson uploaded a lengthy post in which he reflected on some of the “amazing memories” he had of the designer.

“My experiences with the Rossi family inform my approach to shoe making and the ways of running a shoe business. Generous and visionary, he gave me my first true break in the business. My thoughts and prayers are with Gianvito, the Rossi family and the shoemaking community of San Mauro Pascoli,” he added.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear. The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015.

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Off-White continues reign as world’s hottest brand

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial b…

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.

The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial buckles, with celebrity fans including Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the fourth quarter of 2019 and reported that Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide. The company also topped The Lyst Index for the previous quarter.

Gucci, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, was the runner-up, while Balenciaga landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Fendi, Prada, Valentino, and Burberry, though the most surprising leap in rankings came from Moncler.

Nabbing the fourth spot, executives at the lifestyle label have found success over the past three years by harnessing a guest designer roster, which has included capsule collections from the likes of Simone Rocha, Craig Green, and Richard Quinn.

Meanwhile, Gucci’s logo belt was once again the hottest in the list of women’s products, with Amina Muaddi’s Gilda heels taking second place.

“As seen on Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, Muaddi’s Gilda heels sparked an average of 60,500 monthly searches between October and December, while the brand saw a 73 per cent rise in views,” a Lyst spokesperson commented.

Other popular accessories include Prada’s Monolith boots, a scarf from Acne Studios, Spanx’s faux leather leggings, Balenciaga’s Hourglass top handle bag, and the UGG Scuffette II slippers.

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