The "starchitect" collaborates with the Brazilian footwear brand.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid's recent work on the Chanel Mobile Art project seems to have sparked a desire for further fashion collaboration. This time, the Brazilian footwear brand Melissa has given Hadid the opportunity to design a shoe. Melissa, a company which uses sustainable materials, has already collaborated with Vivienne Westwood, Judy Blame and Alexandre Herchcovitch.
"This was a very challenging project, not only in design, but on the technical side. And there was great synergy; I worked very closely with Melissa to transform my design into reality," explains Hadid. The curvature of the limited-edition shoe is familiar from many recent projects by Zaha Hadid Architects, including the new London Aquatic Centre. "The fluidity of our design combined perfectly with the technology of Melissa's plastic, injecting pieces without closures or seals," says Hadid. Available in eight colours, the shoe will be launched at a party on September 18 during London Fashion Week.
Here is a video showing the making of the shoe: