Giuseppe Zanotti Celebrates his 20th Anniversary: Giuseppe Zanotti is celebrating his 20th anniversary with shoes, of course—four capsule collections, to be rolled out throughout this year, to be specific. Each of the capsules resurrects the most iconic styles that represent the man and the brand best, and have been chosen by Zanotti personally. The four mirror a theme that is quintessential to the Zanotti label—first is Jewel, followed by Rock ‘N Roll, Black Stilettos and finally Disco, being released last in February 2015. “I could have done some great party or a book,” the designer said, “But this is more simple. It is my life, myself. Each shoe specifically has a memory tied to it.” Below, hear more from the shoe legend on social media and two decades worth of knowledge.
What has changed the most in the two decades since you’ve been designing? Well, in 20 years I’ve become more mature, I’m older, I’m a wiser man—I hope. I like to fly like a butterfly. I like to move. I need to be able to travel seasonally. You cannot design shoes if you only think about about fashion, it’s too realistic. When I design, I dream. I’m more quiet now. Before I was more fast and furious. I don’t fight it anymore—if people love the shoes, then I’m very happy, if some don’t love them, then that’s okay.
Tell me why you love working with women. I was impressed with women from the beginning. I’ve dedicated the last 20 years of my life and profession to the girls. High heels are like a beauty lift. In a flat you can feel beautiful, but a stiletto changes your mood, how you move—like a wild, beautiful animal. The idea was always to follow a women’s wardrobe, her desires. The last two or three seasons I decided to do some men’s shoes because unisex is very cool now. There are a lot of androgynous looks—like biker shoes for ladies. There are no boundaries, no limits any more. A beautiful is a beautiful shoe.
Where would you like to be 20 years from now? I’ve already started the collection for next summer. We show the winter collection at the end of May in NYC. The future for me is the next collection. I need to imagine what women desire, I need to understand what girls expect from me—this is my mission. When I’m working, I prepare my brain with some “organic drugs”—with people, with music, with movies. It’s a matter of energy. I need to work and I want to work—it’s still my time. — Harpers Bazaar.