In 2009, Valentino’s then-duo creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri came up with what would be one of the maison’s most fortuitous accessories: The Rockstud sandal. With its dainty shape and small pyramidal studs, the shoe symbolized everything Piccioli and Chiuri were bringing to Valentino: something a little edgier than ruffles, but without losing a delectable charm. In 2013, Vogue covered the shoe in its September issue: “Is there a fashion-conscious girl who doesn't recognize their two-tone Rockstud line, or guy who isn't drooling over their camouflage trainers?”
Now in the creative directorship solo, Piccioli is celebrating the style’s 10th anniversary with a new program called Valentino Garavani Rockstud X. Categorized as an “open lab,” the series will see Piccioli collaborate with a rotating cast of guest designers on the Rockstud. First up: the conceptual British designer Craig Green.
A Craig Green Rockstud sandal?! Let’s take a moment to appreciate the potential: Maybe it will take the shape of a raft, a camping tent, a day-glo pump or platform, or maybe something straight out of H.R. Geiger’s world? (Don’t forget Green did costume Alien: Covenant.) Both Green and Piccioli are mum on what the collaboration may hold, but maybe that’s for the best. In such an uncertain time, it’s one good thing to look forward to.