To celebrate its 100 years in Hollywood, Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo recently unveiled its newly redesigned Beverly Hills flagship boutique on Rodeo Drive — reviving both the 1930s art deco motif and the classic designs that the “shoemaker to the stars” once created for his celebrity clients.
“(Salvatore Ferragamo) left Italy when he was very young, from a very small village in the south of Italy, to achieve a dream, and Hollywood was his dream,” said creative designer Massimiliano Giornetti of the company’s founder, who landed in Los Angeles in 1914, and began custom-designing the footwear for movies like “The Ten Commandments” and “Some Like It Hot.” A display of his original shoes on loan from the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Italy decorated the store for the Rodeo Drive opening, and reproductions of the original designs (like the Mae shoe made for Mae West, and the Rainbow sandal created for Judy Garland) can be found exclusively at the Beverly Hills and New York stores.
The centennial celebration also launched “100 Years 100 Days,” a digital platform viewable online, which for a 100-day period that began Sept. 9, illustrates, through films, features and insights, Ferragamo’s century-long relationship with the entertainment business.
Another place to find famous footwear is at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where more than 110 contemporary styles and 50 historical examples (donated by designers, the Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume collections) appear in “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe.” The exhibition, on display through Dec. 13, features celebrated shoes that include a 1959 pair of Ferragamo stilettos owned by Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga’s black leather platform booties designed by United Nude in 2012.
Paying tribute to its Roman ties, 131-year-old Italian retailer Bulgari is pulling out famous antique jewelry to showcase at its Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York. “Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration,” an exhibition that runs through Nov. 22, displays 40 one-of-a-kind pieces from the brand’s Roman-inspired archive, including a gold Tubogas choker from Barbara Sinatra’s collection, and a gold and diamond necklace worn by Ingrid Bergman. A 1962 silver engraved cigarette box commissioned by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as a gift to their “Cleopatra” director Joseph Mankiewicz bears a particularly poignant message: “To Our Favorite Producer and Wife / Lest we forget the glamour of it all.”
Rather than acknowledging a city, Giorgio Armani wanted to visually recognize his longtime friend, Martin Scorsese. The two worked together when Armani tailored suits for characters based on slick New York City mobster Henry Hill in “Goodfellas,” and corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The designer’s new exhibition, “Scorsese” — on display through Feb. 14 at La Cinematheque headquarters in Paris — conveys the legendary filmmaker’s career through costumes, storyboards and images. “I’ve been a fan of the cinema throughout my entire life,” Armani told WWD, “and the influence of cinema on my work and design has been deep and lasting.”
(Pictured TOP: A gold necklace worn by Ingrid Bergman on display at the “Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration” exhibit)