Tiny vices. Glamor as a form of self-indulgence. Exoticism turning into hedonism. The Santoni s/s 17 collection is precious, glowing, free. It depicts the portrait of a woman who chooses the best just to gratify herself.
The tension between masculine and feminine, so typical of Santoni, is a frisson that remains in the background. This season turn is to celebrate the seduction of metissage through opulent and dazzling creations. Moroccans echoes insist: the mix of colors and materials, the tactility of intricate weaving and inlaid works recall the atmosphere of Marrakech. Dense embroideries are encrusted on suede sandals or flat slippers. Mignon weavings draw exotic geometries on maxi wedges; boots dematerialize into multicolor sequences of python bands. Moorish carvings and embroidered studs draw arabesques on pump and brogues. Stack heels and tassels mix Morocco and disco escapism.
The amalgamation of dense shades of green, amber, brown, ultraviolet and lobster red creates a sumptuous chromatic texture. Materials are precious: python, suede, calfskin.
Continuing the path started with the men’s collection, Santoni collaborates once again with critic Angelo Flaccavento on the creation of an immersive experience in which the shoes are placed into an emotional and suggestive context. The tony interiors of Palazzo Bocconi are invaded by a labyrinth, set up by Simon Costin, in which viewers will get lost, chasing the traces of a woman intent on enjoying personal vices and unbridled self-indulgences. The experience is announced by the invitation in which artist Antonio Pippolini’s drawings are hidden inside mysterious empty envelopes. The message: real luxury is something you can enjoy in private, away from prying eyes, getting lost after authentic, tiny vices.