Christian Louboutin announces its inspiration for Spring Summer 2014 and presents the collection's creative imagery
February 4, 2014: Shoe designer Christian Louboutin has presented a visual representation of its themes for Spring Summer 2014 through a creative collaboration with the photographer Peter Lippmann. Inspired by the floral works of impressionists including Monet and Van Gogh, Mr Lippmann works reveal shoes and handbags nestled within and around bouquets of magnificent floral arrangements, creating a collection of exquisite portraits that capture the whimsical persona of the season.
Drawing on the brand’s heritage, the collection introduces the Apostrophe and the Bat Pump, classic styles updated with sleek modern lines. The Apostrophe, a pointed toe sling-back pump, is presented in this season’s deep cyclamen pink and anis suede and features an extended cut sole. This playful detailing gives rise to a shape resembling the punctuation mark. The Bat Pump, by contrast, draws attention to a squared toe through its asymmetrical cut in a nod to archive designs and offered in patent neptune blue and muted poudre pink.
The classic Sweet Charity handbag fabricated from soft calf form fitting leather, developed exclusively for the brand, receives an update for spring with an extended front flap and added structure to its lines. The Miss Rigidaine, a point-toe d’Orsay, pairs smoked grey and pink pastel PVC with matte and patent leather, creating a striking contrast of materials and enhancing the natural line of the foot.
Artisan techniques of the past merge with new fabrics and color palettes in both men’s and women’s collections: first in the form of the Academicus and Academia, which boast gold hand-embroidery artfully employed on black suede flat. On a more casual note, the lively Hawaiian inspired fabric found on the men’s Papi Hugo, women’s Galia espadrille and within the bag collection is characterized by bold and ornate floral print. Presenting the novelty of an evening espadrille, the Espachic unisex loafer combines brightly coloured jewel tones of corazon and green satin against a natural rope sole for an unexpected juxtaposition.
The men’s collection introduces a “tressé” pattern found on the classic lace up Alfred, the high top Rantus sneaker and the Dada tasseled loafer. Strips of interwoven leather in primary yellow and red tones shine against black and white to create a graphic pattern with multi-dimensional texture.
The collection is available in stores now through March.