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Whose Those Shoes?

As you might have guessed following De Choix, we have quite a few shoeaholics in our team. We love them chunky, but also innovative… Why not pairing them with a hat? If chosen carefully, even the best stylists will approve such a combo. Need some inspo? We’ve got you covered.

If you might not know his name just yet, but you surely know his shoes.
High heels, delicate straps, large braids and a kaleidoscopic variety of fierce brights.
Plus, the last fashion weeks – especially Milan – proved how Marco de Vincenzo knows how to catch the attention as his creations were to be spotted absolutely everywhere.
His signature braided sandals, preferred by fashion editors and fashionistas all around the world, are only the cherry on top of his exceptional prêt-à-porter collections.

No wonder that De Vincenzo’s talent made him a protégé of Maison Fendi, where he arrived straight after his graduation at the European Institute of Design and stayed for over ten years.
A rather unusual choice for such an iconic brand to hire someone so young as Creative Director for accessories, but the flair of this wunderkind irremediably caught Silvia Venturini Fendi’s eye, and the rest is history.

During his years chez Fendi, De Vincenzo developed a passion for unusual materials, innovative fabrics, sculptural shapes and construction techniques.
His Sicilian origins led him towards different paths rather than the baroque tradition of his southern Italian colleagues. His inspiration shifted instead to an artistry made of symmetry, geometries and contrast in fabrics and colours. In his collections, Sicilian femininity is recalled in sleek ladylike silhouettes, enriched with the extravagance of sophisticated high tech and futuristic materials, creating a mystique of illusion.
Athletic mesh and 3-D effects are paired with metallics, luxurious furs or crystals adorning plated leather sourced by unique artisanal Italian workshops.

Launching his first own collection in 2009, De Vincenzo already had experience in designing bags -thanks to his apprentice at the Fendi school along Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld – and a steadily growing interest in designing clothes, but shoes were a discovery that changed everything for him.
His obsession with fabric guided him to the innovative design of his footwear, where sleek, feminine shapes became the ground for Art Deco ornaments.
Today, De Vincenzo describes his collections as ‘an interesting cross between minimalism and decorative art.’

For SS16 the spotlight was on delicate fluffy decorations and sharp geometric intarsia in bold colours, but his most famous shoes – the first signature fancy sandals – remained and featured caressing velvety braids and flamboyant colours which made them the favourite choice of the extravagant queen of daring Anna Dello Russo.

The Italian has been of inspiration and support for De Vincenzo – such as Italian Vogue’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani who was among the first ones to spot him as rising star of Italian fashion – as among his friends are jewellery designer Delfina Delettrez, W Magazine’s contributing editor Giovanna Battaglia, who also styles his shows, and his mentor Silvia Venturini Fendi.

Although De Vincenzo’s the inspiration for his collections comes from travel and foreign citations, his bond with Italy remains the strongest.
He’s known for pushing boundaries but in doing so he never abandons the excellence of Italian craftsmanship and his dedication to the Made in Italy enchanted even the luxury giant LVMH, which acquired a substantial stake of the brand in 2014.
With such a great back up for De Vincenzo, we can only expect more extraordinariness to come.

Visit Marco de Vincenzo’s Website here.

Words by Ksenia Rybna.

Original illustration by Conor Merriman.

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