5 minutes with… Gianvito Rossi.

November 10
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Photo: Sara Japanwalla files

Photo: Sara Japanwalla files


One of the most important Italian footwear designers of our time and the man behind one of the most elegant stilettos with the best craft – Gianvito Rossi recently dropped down to Dubai to meet fans at Harvey Nichols as well as take part in a live interview during Harpers Bazaar’s World of Fashion. I had the chance to sit down with Gianvito to talk about his journey in the Footwear industry, the important of lines and shapes, and why he doesn’t like platforms.

Shop Gianvito Rossi at Harvey Nichols, Dubai.


How does it feel to be in Dubai?

Interesting even though I just arrived so I didn’t have a real look at the city. It’s my first time in the gulf… A quick trip.


How did you get into footwear?

I grew up among shoes. That was my playground as a child, it has always been a part of my life. Right after high school, I started collaborating with my father and I learnt everything from him. It’s been over 20 years.


What inspires you?

The simplicity of a line or a shape. It’s very important to show the woman’s silhouette. Everything is about the woman… I try to make a frame that best shows a woman… the stiletto, the pump, and I like the high back that I do.


You have quite a signature style. How do you evolve by season?

Textures and colours are very important for me. I don’t really work with ornaments or embellishments. It’s all about the line for me. The collections are evolutions – an evolution of my design.


Who is the Rossi Woman?

Strong minded woman. Not a Fashion Victim. She’s modern, elegant, and she really wants to express her femininity.


Do you have a muse?

It’s the people I meet and it really changes every season to keep things fresh.


What is your ultimate footwear No No?

I don’t like the way women walk when they have huge platforms – like Tyrex.


If you had to design one shoe for the Middle East, how would it look like?

The exclusive metallic colors here at Harvey Nichols are definitely ones that I feel would work best with Middle Eastern woman.


What has been your highlight of the year?

Visiting Florence last week, seeing the David and exploring the city!