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.