Christian Louboutin Collaborates With Indian Designer Sabyasachi

Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee showed his 2015 couture collection in New Delhi, India this week. The designer started his line in 1999 after studying at India’s Institute of Fashion Technology. In 2002, he debuted his first collection at India Fashion Week. Since then, his collection has been sold in stores such as Browns and Selfridges in London.

His newest couture collection, titled “Bater,” is the first in which Sabyasachi has collaborated with Christian Louboutin. Sabyasachi describes the collaboration as “extremely Parisian footwear with an Indian baroque sensibility.”

Sabyasachi says his shoes usually have a chunkier look, but for this collection he took a more feminine approach. The line features Christian Louboutin’s Devibroda and Victoria styles, with Sabyasachi’s signature acid-dyed burned-sequin embroidery and tea-dyed cotton threads on the heels. The Christian Louboutin Victoria style was also seen on the runway.

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Christian Louboutin’s designs for Sabyasachi’s 2015 couture collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

Louboutin designed men’s shoes for the collection, too.

Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi
Christian Louboutin’s men’s shoes for Sabyasachi.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

Christian Louboutin himself attended the show on Wednesday. “I loved Sabyasachi’s work from the first time I saw it,” said Louboutin. “His detail-oriented design sensibility is magnetic — it draws you in. I am very happy to collaborate with him for this collection. Not only do I admire his work, but he is also my friend, and I am delighted to be in India for his show!”

Sabyasachi’s collection reflects the designer’s continued interest in what he calls “personalized imperfection of the human hand.” The collection is completely hand-embroidered, and each garment requires roughly 325 hours of manual labor to create.

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