MILAN – The neon lights. The energy. The anticipation. Giuseppe Zanotti presents the Backstage Capsule Collection, a special series for women, men and children.
Inspired by the pre-show magic of a music concert, the vibrant new line-up melds a modern street-style vibe with designer Giuseppe Zanotti’s unmistakable glamour.
Unexpected and exquisitely crafted, the mini collection is the absolute expression of Zanotti’s inherent DNA: inventive, refined and cutting-edge. The line-up consists of a sculptural leather sandal for women and a leather mid-top sneaker for women, men and children. The collection’s defining characteristic-it’s rich velvet-like texture and saturated color, which is achieved through a special hand-process
called flocking-akin to airbrushing.
The sandal, called MISS UNFINISHED, is the apex of Zanotti’s innovation and elegance. A curvy wedge with an invisible heel, the model is at once statement-making and stable. Through extensive technical research, the seemingly gravity-defying heel is resistant, secure and enables a woman to not only look confident in them but feel confident in them too.
“This sandal recalls the silhouette of a woman,” says Giuseppe Zanotti. “There’s a harmony to the sculptural design. It’s as if there’s an imaginary line that extends from the heel to the ankle and it acts
as extension of the leg, elegantly lifting a woman up.” The streamlined sneaker, called THE UNFINISHED, features signature House details, like double side zips and contrast white laces. Colorways include hot pink, vibrant purple, dark grey, navy blue and electric blue.
Behind the Style
The making of the Backstage Capsule Collection
INSPIRATION AND DESIGN.
From the mind of Giuseppe Zanotti, the design process begins. It starts with an impulse, a moment of inspiration and from there he transforms his ideas into colorful sketches, full of movement and creativity.
MODELING & FITTINGS. Once a sketch is completed, the technical research begins. Herein lies the moment when whimsy meets workmanship. Structures, shapes and assembly methods are studied and perfected to guarantee form follows function.
ASSEMBLING. Like a jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces of the shoes must now be assembled. Expert artisans work the leathers around the last, assuring each shoe is a faithful, artistic iteration of the original model.
CUTTING. With the shoe’s style and architecture defined, the painstaking task of hand-cutting begins. Each piece-cut to spec-follows the pattern of a paper scale model.
A STAR IS BORN. The shoes, glorious in color, are then boxed and ready to be worn.
FINISHING. What gives the shoes in the “Backstage Capsule Collection” such rich, saturated color? A process called flocking. Assembled in pure quality leather, the finished sandals and sneakers then move on to specialized artisans who spray each shoe by hand. Similar to airbrushing, the technique accords each pair with a singular patina. For the color to fully take, the shoes are left out to dry for several days before final quality control checks are completed.
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