British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson has collaborated with modern grill restaurant 34 Mayfair in London to create The Rupert Sanderson Champagne Slipper. Drawing on the Art Deco contours of the restaurant and inspired by the terraced crown of Van Alen’s Art Deco Chrysler Building in Midtown Manhattan, Sanderson has created the ultimate in champagne glassware design, by crafting an actual champagne flute into the heel of an intricate crystal glass shoe stand, while the blush tones of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé and Nouveau swirling anemones on the bottle gave him a steer on colour and look. To coincide with this, Sanderson has also created a Ready-To-Wear Rupert Sanderson Champagne Pump for 34 Mayfair, for discerning shoe-a-holics to buy instore.
Sanderson’s design philosophy concentrates on perfecting the line, and there is much evidence of this in both the couture glass version and satin “wearable” version of the Champagne Slipper. He has ingeniously turned the actual champagne flute into the heel of the intricately detailed, silver-plated brass and crystal glass shoe stand. When filled with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé, the glass will glow a dusky pink colour, its bubbles creating movement in the heel to captivate and delight in equal measure. The “heel” is then detached for drinking.
Having designed shoes for actresses including Kate Winslet, Alicia Vikander and Gwyneth Paltrow, the Rupert Sanderson name has become synonymous with glamour and style. He is a regular visitor to 34 Mayfair, and was an obvious choice to partner with following the resounding success of last year’s 34 Mayfair Kate Moss Coupe. Sanderson revealed that “after spending many wonderful evenings at 34 Mayfair – more often than not, enjoying a glass of two of Perrier-Jouët – it seemed obvious to create something that is utterly romantic. There is a great tradition of Old Hollywood decadence associated with the drinking of champagne, and the Champagne Slipper is a way of celebrating drinking and dining in such an opulent environment. It was a delight to design something that shoes lend themselves to so wonderfully, the idea of taking a glass and not being able to put it down until you’ve finished it.”
From Wednesday 9th November, diners at 34 Mayfair who order a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé will be served their champagne in The Rupert Sanderson Champagne Slipper. There will also be a limited number of The Champagne Slippers for sale. Each one comes complete with six champagne flutes and a bottle Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé, and costs £5,000.