Christian Louboutin transports us to his Parisian youth and champagne-soaked nights at Le Palace discotheque with ultra-glam styles designed to spice up the after-party. The Christian Louboutin Fall 2016 collection embodies the designer’s energy and his friends—free spirited, party-goers who were unafraid to be bold and ostentatious. “It was a period where it was fun to have an attitude instead of trying to look very normal—people were showing off a bit, being a bit loud. They had an attitude, were proud of having an attitude and played with it, they were playing with their own femininity,” said Louboutin.
Christian took inspiration from their uninhibited code of dress: killer high platforms, mascara-soaked lashes and a bold mix of graphic lines and colours. These elements manifest in a kaleidoscopic palette, ultra-luxe materials and beautiful Oratura piping details that add a striking, eyeliner-like pop to a range of styles seen in the Fall collection.
That hallmark of ‘70’s glam, the platform, slips through the back door of a punk-glam after-party on a chunky sling-back. Louloudance 140 flaunts precise piping in watersnake and gold laminato on rich Purple Pop and Orthodox veau velours. The peep-toe Louloupiping 140 rockets on a woven, gilded Tissu Vernis base. Equally irresistible Louloupump enters the scene with a lower key 100 heel on Purple Pop veau velours with graphic golden piping that highlights her indelible curves.
Rebel, Rebel Mary Jane-style Topstreet 100 ditches the school girl references in a show-stopping, multicolored Python Palette stacked on a thicker, sportier welt sole. Dipped into a bath of glitter, Topstreet in Glitter Disco Ball paints on jet-black eyeliner in the form of leather piping and brazenly kicks open the door to the after after-party.
Key colours in the Fall 2016 collection are colour-blocked on a statement knee high boot Louloubotta, outlined with contrasting gold piping on smooth veau velours. The true hustler in the mix, Olyabotta 100 boasts a patchwork of the season’s entire palette with a collar of fluffed, multicoloured vison that whispers “pet me” to onlookers.
On a higher plane, styles Wavy 85,100 and Mercura 120 unite the goddesses of the nightclub with the goddesses of ancient Greece. Unbridled Mercura, shrouded in halcyon wings made from rich nappa laminato, delivers superhuman style in the form of a Christian Louboutin shoe. Closing out the party, winged creatures and glamourous party vixens exit the discotheque until the next Christian Louboutin affair.