Designers to Watch: Francesco Russo


 “I want to do beautiful shoes, above the sense of time, above the sense of fashion” – Francesco Russo

A little over a year since his departure as the talented creative director at Sergio Rossi, Francesco Russo is proving his quote to be true, and then some. Born in southern Italy, this artisanal craftsman began his successful career at Costume National and Miu Miu before ending up in “la ville de lumieres” where he created staple styles one after another along side Tom Ford and Stegano Pilati at the house of YSL. After over 20 years of working under so many of fashion’s biggest names, hes taken the brave leap to step out on his own bringing his superbly unique designs to his consumers one pair at a time.

Based out of Paris, France, Russo’s intense dedication and deep passion for design seeps out of every single style that perches in his Parisian boutique. Finally with the ability to create exactly what he wants, he intentionally keeps his collections intimate in order to make sure the emphasis remains on the bespoke design that is constantly reflected in his work. This idea of intimacy is found throughout his label including where his products can be bought which only include his namesake shop at 8 Rue de Valois in Paris and at one of the world’s most prominent department stores, Bergdorf Goodman.

For his Spring 2014 collection which boasts 25 styles – each a stand out in their own way – full of cut-outs and lace up details, it’s a flawless combination of hand-made couture touches and simplistic sophistication creating an extravagantly sexy yet restrained Spring line. This tonal collection focuses on sky-high stiletto heels in shades of nude, black, and leopard while utilizing the highest quality of fabrics like crocodile, pony-hair and calfskin in seductive shapes allowing for each innovative design to no doubt spark endless interest from fashion’s elite the world over.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m