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Paris Fashion Week Couture: A View From Below

This season, for Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, Christian Louboutin collaborated with two contemporary couture designers, Ulyana Sergeenko and Bouchra Jarrar. For each designer, the Christian Louboutin creations were carefully constructed with the spirit of the designer and her collection in mind.

Sergeenko’s Fall/Winter ‘15 collection tells the story of her native Saint Petersburg and the communal Soviet-era apartments she grew up in. The interiors of these dwellings served as her provenance, exemplified in pieces such as a fur coat tufted like a sofa and a fully embroidered dress with a lampshade hem. The hallmark of Sergeenko’s collections is always exquisite craftsmanship; this time was no exception—with delicate handwork seen throughout, from hand-placed crystals to intricate lace bibs and sumptuous fur coats that make you yearn for a Russian winter to spend them in. Fur pompoms scattered throughout the entirety of the collection were echoed on the custom made Christian Louboutin shoes. Silver Youpi 120 in mirrored calf specchio leather and the brand new Dorissima 120 in black were adorned at the toe with a single fluffy mink pompom. From head-to-toe, Sergeenko’s display was a magnificent ode to old world nostalgia and the opulence that is Haute Couture.

A day later, on the other side of town, Bouchra Jarrar unveiled her Fall/Winter ‘15 collection, full of languid 1930s lines, precision tailoring and asymmetrical satin gowns. Befittingly dubbed “une couture d’aujourd’hui,” Jarrar’s hand is seen in every piece, from the pleated chiffon skirts to the feathered gilets, and the awe-inspiring crystal embroidery on the floor length dresses. This season marked an expansion of Jarrar’s repertoire, which coupled soft flowing feminine gowns and satin bandeaus with the boyish tailoring that she is known for. With this sensual approach to the collection, it was only fitting that Christian Louboutin crafted the shoes. Based on our Zazou pointed toe women’s oxford, the flats in white python and crystal with Louboutin hardware were the perfect complement to the masculine-feminine dichotomy seen on the runway. Red soles firmly planted in another season, we bid Paris Haute Couture fashion week “Adieu!”