It was a feat solely Mr. Louboutin might pull off.
Whereas different designers had been getting again into the swing of Paris Vogue Week returning to well-worn venues, Christian Louboutin took issues up a number of notches — or a number of hundred toes, to be extra correct. The French designer held his spring summer season ’23 assortment presentation atop the Eiffel Tower for an occasion that was quintessentially Louboutin in showmanship, drama and efficiency. It was additionally très français.
As soon as company arrived to the primary stage of the tower, they had been escorted into the personal Gustave Eiffel room decked out in plush crimson seating and a catwalk abridging the ceiling, the place a troupe of dancers started to carry out (carrying Louboutin heels, naturally, together with male dancers who sported pairs of the designer’s Our Angels unisex platform boots).
“I’ve all the time been fascinated by dancers and folks on stage,” Louboutin remarked within the present notes for the gathering and Loubi Present occasion, which was the second iteration of the designer’s efficiency collection. “These girls performing in marvelous costumes, standing in heels, happening vertiginous stairs with inexpressable class.”
Louboutin’s dancers lived as much as his imaginative and prescient, and after the troupe carried out whereas traversing the metallic stairs and catwalk, curtains moved again to disclose the daylight and the town views which have made the Eiffel Tower so well-known. The sunshine additionally revealed the gathering, which was divided right into a handful of vignettes. First a studded collection, the place Louboutin continued to discover how his well-known motif executed in tone on tone pastel, whereas different pastels and easy black leather-based adorned puffy leather-based mules.
Then got here a collection of extra opulent heels riffing on the lipstick heels that the designer launched final season. This time, the “Lipstrass” heel was coated in crystals, making for a press release shoe that’s certain to be probably the most wanted for collectors. Accompanying the lipstick heels was bag adorned fully in crystals, one other stable collectible for subsequent season.
Subsequent, a number of look-at-me kinds in Louboutin’s Fluo collection, in neon pink and yellow, with tonal floral motifs adorning the toes, plus buckle heels and a Barbiecore purse (the “Loubila”) with matching chain hyperlink deal with.
Lastly, a collection of black suede heels executed in intricate crystal ornament showcased each craftsmanship and showmanship, the proper heel for the occasion’s closing efficiency of the day, which featured the French pop singer Vendredi Sur Mer, whose songs accompanied the complete choreography of the present.