Edgardo Osorio’s glamorous shoe collection for Salvatore Ferragamo
Invited by the Italian house Salvatore Ferragamo to create a capsule collection of shoes, the young Columbian designer Edgardo Osorio delivers a dozen seductively glamourous models, inspired by the archives of the prestigious institution.
In the collective imagination, the house of Salvatore Ferragamo evokes Italian excellence, combining artisanal expertise, attention to detail and impeccable silhouettes in a quest for perfection. Younger generations might not be aware of the visionary nature and avant-gardism of its founder, a Florentine shoemaker who conquered Hollywood in the 1920s with his sculptural shoes that devoutly respected the anatomy of the foot. It’s to this passion for formal experimentation that the house wanted to pay tribute with a capsule collection looking to the future.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Hollywood conquest, Massimiliano Giornetti, artistic director of the brand, invited Edgardo Osorio to design a line of 12 exclusive shoes. The young Columbian is no stranger to the Florentine institution: in fact it was at Ferragamo he began his career 10 years ago before launching Aquazzura, his own brand.
For this collection he delved into the shoemaker’s archives and drew inspiration from codes that seduced film stars of the golden age of American cinema between the 1930s and 60s, legends such as Marilyn Monroe and Joan Crawford. His are shoes of a timeless glamour, embellished with details like polka dots, feathers and even rainbow straps, all part of the house’s creative vocabulary.
Just like Salvatore Ferragamo back in the day, the 29-year old designer looks to the future with no intention of simply re-editing models that already exist. With this in mind he’s adapted volumes and balance to the rhythm of today’s active women, and worked in new materials.
The result: an intelligent and mastered tribute to the past for a collection that’s both contemporary and eminently desirable.
By Louis Bompard
Illustration by Richard Kilroy from the Edgardo Osorio collection for Ferragamo.