“I want women to see my shoes and dream about a holiday,” says Edgardo Osorio, Aquazzura co-founder and creative director.
“I am always inspired by escapes.” In just four years since Aquazzura’s debut, the globe-trotting designer—born in Colombia, raised between Miami and London, and based in Florence—has created a fashion cult following among well-heeled ladies who go mad for his iconic styles like the Wild Thing heel and Belgravia flat. In fact, one could argue that it was Aquazzura’s chic lace-ups that made wearing flats desirable again.
This season is an exciting time for Osorio with two major collections: one designed exclusively for Salvatore Ferragamo (the first time the house has used another designer’s name) and his own Aquazzura collaboration with British It girl Poppy Delevingne to celebrate the October opening of his first boutique in London. Inspired by a pair of sun and moon earrings Delevingne found in St. Tropez, the eight styles evoke a mystical quality featuring celestial symbols and embellishments, but still stay true to Delevingne’s bohemian spirit.
For the Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo collection, Osorio dug into the colorful archives of the brand where, at 19, he had his first job in luxury footwear: “Mr. Ferragamo was revolutionary as the first to embrace celebrities. Hollywood was a game changer for fashion, much like social media is today.” Ferragamo’s rainbow wedge, the use of cork, and designs from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s inspired a playful and eccentric quality to the collection that embodies “that funny California mix of the two extremes from super-casual to red carpet,” Osorio says. “That’s why I love it here.”
With Aquazzura boutiques in the works in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, one can only hope that its next stop will be California. Fingers—and toes—crossed. • HEATHER SEVERS