For London Collections Men, Christian Louboutin once again collaborated with E.Tautz for their football league-inspired Spring/ Summer 2017 collection.
This season, E.Tautz designer Patrick Grant took us on a spectator’s tour of Europe, drawing reference from Dutch photographer Hans van der Meer, who photographed lower league football matches for over ten years. Using the diverse fields and townships of these matches as his backdrop, Grant dressed scores of models in footballer-inspired garb, calling upon men from over eight European countries to bring the story to life. Entitled “European Fields,” the collection took a new approach to the classic suit, employing a boxier shape and dropped shoulder. Roomy trousers were made from denim and lightweight cotton in stone and navy, coupled with slightly mismatched duster and bomber jackets. The easy tailoring looks were paired with custom Christian Louboutin canvas sports shoes, taking on the collection’s natural tones in navy, white and black. Rubber toe caps dressed the front of the shoes, followed by rubber strips reminiscent of jersey stripes, leading to a T-bar ankle strap with metallic eyelets.
Rounding out the utilitarian collection were chevron jerseys, collarless sports shirts, and waxed-cotton anoraks that transported onlookers to the charming backcountry fields of Europe.