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A Kitten-Heeled Mule That’s Packed With Cinematic Nostalgia

By Terence Poh

Tung Pham. Styled by Michelle Kok

When Italian designer Gherardo Felloni arrived at the house of Roger Vivier as creative director in 2018, he released, alongside his first collection, a short film titled “Duo des Chat”. The star of the show? None other than French actress Catherine Deneuve who catapulted to fame in the 1967 Luis Buñuel film “Belle de Jour”, shod memorably in a pair of classic Roger Vivier pumps. The newer 2018 film shows Deneuve presiding over a tableau where identical twins fight it out over a pair of Tres Vivier shoes, against the elegant backdrop of a grand Parisian home. When Deneuve produces a second pair of identical shoes from behind her chair, peace descends and happy-ever-after is achieved.

For Spring/Summer ’20, Felloni continues to cement that same catty-meets-elegant tone with a pair of kitten heels, the Vivier Loves Paris mules. Handcrafted from flecked canvas, the shoes feature a 45mm structured heel and have the words “PARIS LOVE” embroidered on the upper, with the house initials “R” and “V” cleverly bolded for emphasis. But what matters in all Roger Vivier shoes, in addition to form, is function: It’s complemented with lustrous leather insoles and interiors, and made to feel impossibly lightweight and comfortable.

Roger Vivier’s Vivier Loves Paris mules, S$1,140.

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