Melissa Shoes & Sebastian Errazuriz Unveil MELISSA ULTRAGIRL X SEBASTIAN, the Latest Installment of Wearable Art for Valentine’s Day
Melissa has always been more than a shoe. Sebastian Errazuriz is much more than a designer. The return of this unique collaboration re-imagines a world where broken hearts fuel a new swoon-worthy collection just in time for Valentine’s Day.
New York, NY (January 18, 2016): Brazilian plastic footwear brand, Melissa Shoes, is excited to unveil the latest installment of their collaboration with contemporary artist and now shoe designer, Sebastian Errazuriz. The two have reunited to create Melissa Ultragirl x Sebastian, a limited edition collection set to launch this February at Melissa’s ‘Galerias’ around the world: New York, Sao Paulo, and London. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this special collection reimagines the brand’s iconic Ultragirl design with Errazuriz’s artfully melted hearts to offer swoon-worthy, wearable sculptures for scorned and star-crossed lovers alike.
A nod to Errazuriz’s shoe sculpture entitled “Hot Bitch,” the latest collection continues to draw inspiration from the artist’s Twelve Shoes for Twelve Lovers installation originally showcased at Melissa’s own pop-up shop during Miami Art Basel in 2013. Punctuated by two liquefied hearts, each pair captivates wearers and onlookers alike with the same fashion-forward, artfully inclined design and innovative 3D printing technology as the initial collection. For the 2013 Miami Art Basel, Errazuriz developed a collection of twelve shoe-like sculptures inspired by his own twelve ex-girlfriends. He developed each one on a 3D printer, using plastic strands as paint. Mixing past love stories with humor, wit and meticulous fabrication, Sebastian Errazuriz turned ex-lovers, and the feelings evoked by them, into beautiful, functional sculptures.
The result captured the public’s imagination and 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers became an overnight viral sensation generating over 35 million hits. 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers was first exhibited at the Melissa pop-up store in Miami during Miami Art Basel, then traveled to the Kunsthalle Rotterdam in its S.H.O.E.S exhibition, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Sebastian Errazuriz’s retrospective, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Melissa Shoes is known for partnering with the world’s top design talent to create a visually exhilarating shopping experience for its customers worldwide. For this reason, its Manhattan flagship store is called “Galeria Melissa” – the store is regularly befitted with rotating artistic work and has recently featured installations by Walt Cassidy, Karl Lagerfeld, Edson Matsuo and EPFL+ECAL Lab, David Thomas Solution, SOFTlab, a curated museum by Natalie Kates, and an installation by Kreemart and Baron von Fancy.
The new shoes from Melissa x Sebastian Errazuriz will be available for sale beginning in February and will sell for approximately $100 USD at retail.
About Melissa Shoes
Melissa Shoes is best known for creating design-driven plastic footwear, complete with a tutti-fruiti scent. The publicly-traded Brazilian brand crafts bold, stylish shoes made entirely of plastic celebrated by the global fashion community. The brand is followed around the world, and has collaborated with top design talent including Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Gareth Pugh, Zaha Hadid, Karl Lagerfeld, the Campana Brothers and more. www.melissa.com/sebastianerrazuriz
About Sebastian Errazuriz
Sebastian Errazuriz was born in Chile, raised in London, and is now based in New York. He obtained a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in NYU.
Sebastian creates works that move viewers and invite them to look again at realities that were often hidden in front of their own eyes. His recent public art piece “A pause in the city that never sleeps” is a great example. A looped black and white video shows the artist yawning on 50 gigantic ads screens in Times Square. Yawns are contagious and consequently spread amongst New Yorkers a moment of pause and calmness in the city that never sleeps.
Sebastian appropriates everyday icons with a conceptual and poetic twist. His famous series of Bird Lamps explores the limit between Art and Design in relation to time, beauty and functionality. The Bird Chandelier and the Duck Lamp are other iconic examples of Functional Sculptures that both surprise and amaze viewers.
At just 28 years of age, he won the Sotheby’s Important Twentieth Century Design award. In 2007, ID Magazine called him the “Top Designer Emerging Internacional”. In 2010 he was nominated Chilean Designer of the Year, and in 2011 his name was up for the Compasso d ‘Oro award. Sebastian Errazuriz had his first solo museum exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2014.
12 Shoes for 12 Lovers became a viral sensation. After only one night, more than 35 million publications appeared over the web. http://www.meetsebastian.com