HE’s celebrating 25 decades of his eponymous label this season and far from climbing things back, Christian Louboutin is raring to go. Case in point: the coming launch of his latest project, a cooperation with Indian haute couture designer – and Bollywood favourite – Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The exclusive assortment sees 15 women’s fashions and four menswear fashions created with sarees and ribbons from Mukherjee’s atelier archive – cut-offs that have been kept and valued – making each pair completely original and totally unique.
“The way we started to work together was quite organic – very Indian, in a sense,” Louboutin told us. “What occurred is that Mukherjee asked me if I could do shoes for his couture fashion shows in India, after we met randomly by injury in his Mumbai shop. We started to collaborate, integrating my sneakers in his displays and from that it was a natural step for me to perform this particular collection. In his studio, in which the embroidery is created, it’s essentially a type of Ali Baba cave – a profusion of colors, of beads, and of beauty in general. It is unreal, you have a good deal of beautiful things which are kind of just put on the negative, leftovers of things. I thought, instead of needing to create something quite new and specific, it would be quite good to work around items that are already existing and performing a mosaic of those bits and pieces.”
The art of cooperation – an increasing tendency among high-profile performers – is one that Louboutin holds dear. Speaking frankly about the significance of”marrying different points of view”, the famed footwear designer believes that is it is”nice to collaborate with individuals that are concerned with different things”. The beauty of working with Mukherjee also gave Louboutin that the opportunity to acquire hands-on Indian handcraft, which he calls the very best in the entire world. “The luxuriance of Indian couture is unparalleled, things that you see from India you see nowhere else,” he enthused. “I desired the entire world outside India to love it as I do.” So , then, wait until now?
While there are myriad reasons for his success, one crucial reason has to be his believe in letting”things go with the stream”, as is the fact that the designer is pleased to consider all manner of endeavors and marriages which will come his way and recognises that it’s important”to accept that something you haven’t ever been thinking about might be interesting and also to accept meeting this individual or that person can bring you a new breeze and might be something which makes you excited”.
It is a philosophical strategy that comes courtesy of his father, a magician, who taught a youthful Louboutin that if he wanted to create amazing things, he needed to go in the path of the grain, not against it that’s when”you wind up having splinters”.