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Power Pieces: The Roger Vivier Belle Vivier

Power Pieces: The Roger Vivier Belle Vivier

It was a scene in Luis Buñuel’s 1967 French cult classic, Belle De Jour, that triggered the Belle Vivier shoe to become a perennial favourite among not only the Parisian fashion crowd, but worldwide. Out steps Catherine Deneuve, immaculately dressed in an Yves Saint Laurent coat and patent heels complete with pilgrim buckles designed by Roger Vivier – an emblematic look that resulted in over 200,000 pairs of the shoe being sold the year following the film’s release. 

  • The Belle Vivier shoes had made their first appearance, however, in 1965, created by Vivier to accompany Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection, which saw the angular buckles mirror the bold graphic lines of the collection’s now-iconic Piet Mondrian-inspired cocktail dresses.

  • Power Pieces: The Roger Vivier Belle Vivier
  • Power Pieces: The Roger Vivier Belle Vivier
  • "From Catherine Deneuve to Kate Bosworth, the Belle Vivier proves its enduring appeal."

Beloved today by the likes of Kate Bosworth, Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson, the delicate curve of the Belle Vivier’s heel against the sharpened edges of the metallic buckle has credited the shoe with an instantly recognisable and timeless appeal. Taking women from work to weekend, they add that touch of je ne sais quoi to everything from tailored separates to off-duty denim.