With their vintage sari fabrics, elaborate silk ribboning, intricate embroidery, rock chic studs and shimmering crystals, Christian Louboutin’s collection of men’s and women’s shoes designed in collaboration with Indian couture designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee is a Bollywood film for the feet – filled with drama and kaleidoscopic panache. The union follows Louboutin’s catwalk pieces for Sabyasachi’s Mumbai runway show in 2015; he was invited to the Indian couturier’s private archive in Calcutta, and fell in love with his collection of antique saris. “Indian handicraft is the best in the world,” says the Frenchman.
Available from today at Harrods, this is footwear (from £3,000 to £14,000 a pair) for those who love the limelight, and the cast of highly ornate women’s offerings is varied and vast, including studded ankle boots, bejewelled high tops, embroidered courts and stack-soled pumps. Men will cut a flamboyant dash in loafers with embroidered toecaps reminiscent of Indian wedding shoes and studded sneakers. Limited edition bags are the final flourish – the Piloutin resembles a pillow given the full Bollywood treatment, and covered in multihued ribbons and crystals.
To complete the cinematic nature of the design story, the duo is also including a graphic novel about an Indian actress who is freed by two designers with custom-made shoes, which will be contained in the specially commissioned shoeboxes made for the collection.