Bruno Frisoni: Parisâ??s Shoe Prince Turns Ten

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Published October 5, 2009

On Sunday night, Bruno Frisoni celebrated the 10th year of his footwear collection by turning his shoebox boutique on the rue de Grenelle into a boite, where friends and collaborators collected after Sonia Rykiel’s show. If Walt Disney were to create the perfect French designer character, the whippet-thin Frisoni with his mischievous Mona Lisa smile and arched brow would be his model. “He treats shoes like clothes,” says stylist Haidee Findlay-Levin, “they’re pleated, covered with flowers, ruffles and zippers.” On  hand as well were Plum Le-Tan, the mother of book bag designer Olympia, with her chum, Jane Cattani whose Italian-made cashmere collection E+J, a Paris fashion insider secret, has just gone online at www.eplusj.com , and Marko Matysik, whose inventive  belts  are another insider fave.  The noughties have really been Frisoni’s decade and as he says himself “I’m everywhere.” Under his creative direction since 2003, historic French shoe label Roger Vivier has returned to its  former glory and then some.