The London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 collections saw Christian Louboutin collaborations old and new, with five designer partnerships, ranging from well-established labels to fresh emerging talent. An assortment of styles from Christian Louboutin’s current collection as well as bespoke pieces took to the catwalk.
Design duo Teatum Jones, known for their modern, polished and bold aesthetic, opened Fashion Week with‘The Body,’ a show which sought to challenge conventional notions of beauty with a line up defined by its diversity. This examination of our preconceptions around the human form was inspired by the work of 1930’s artist Hans Bellmer, whose surrealist Doll sculptures informed designers Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones look, including exaggerated volume and off-key silhouettes with oversized lacing detail. This lattice motif was echoed in Christian Louboutin’s SS17 Kadreyana pump. Elsewhere, Andaloulou and Montezumina sandals chimed with the designers’ ideas of imperfect geometry, whilst male models graced the runway in lug sole Charlie Me and derby Zewar for this first time collaboration with Teatum Jones.
The following day, design duo Palmer//Harding took their signature asymmetry and playful use of volume to the next level with a presentation steeped in personal recollections. Drawing inspiration from photographs of Levi Palmer’s youth, which showed a ‘combination of rebellion, naivety and goth-glam,’ the duo put forth a collection which tapped into the goth silhouette with equally dramatic textures. Reinforcing their rebel call were Christian Louboutin boots Who Dances and cage sandal Toerless Muse, both seen in a custom sunset orange. Statement thigh-high boot Classe Hot also joined the show. The collaboration was enhanced by Christian Louboutin Nail Colour with Me Nude and Khol worn as blocks of colour.
David Koma’s vision for Autumn Winter 2017 saw him revisit his cultural roots through a modernist lens. Koma’s take on traditional Georgian costume carried a strong masculine military theme which was expressed through grosgrain ribbon, metal tubing and plexi-glass embellishment. The battlefield reference was further cemented through a camouflage palette of khaki and army greens alongside burnt orange and black. A bespoke construction was created especially for the collection, resulting in the stiletto, knee-high boot Mado 120 and Madobooty ankle boot. Adorned with metal toe-caps, the new styles were a suitable uniform for our modern warriors, whilst elsewhere the Vera Fusa Chelsea boot shone in Khaki and Black. Nails by Christian Louboutin Beauté completed the military feel with two minimalist looks from the Nudes collection, the first using Alta Perla and Simple Nude shades in a vertical negative space manicure, and the second a single block of colour in Simple Nude.
Concluding the week was an energetic performance by the unique Lily McMenamy for Symonds Pearmain Autumn Winter 2017. The collection, the second from stylist Max Pearmain and designer Anthony Symonds, was presented on mannequins whilst a newly-blonde McMenamy showcased their sports inspired collection, its geometric contrasting patchwork panels and cut out detailing adding a further level of drama for the Art World crowd. Christian Louboutin sandals completed the styling for the show, the strappy Blakissima in gold and black adding glamour.
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