In Viktor & Rolf’s perfect world, imperfections are the ultimate statement of beauty. Last week at Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, Christian Louboutin collaborated with the house for the first time to craft custom shoes for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
To concept the collection, the duo delved deeper into their search for “conscious design," by appropriating decades of fabrics from their past collections. Damaged vintage dresses were deconstructed and then pieced back together to form new creations, resulting in a landscape of surreal material collages.
Through reconstruction, repairs made to the pieces were accentuated with gold according to Kintsugi, a principle of Japanese pottery in which it is believed that beauty arises from imperfection. Taking this theory to heart, the designers focused on amplifying the rips and scars of the materials.
“Acknowledging the beauty of imperfection is a positive reinforcement which ultimately renders the original into something more beautiful and more valuable, essentially transforming the imperfect into a thing of beauty,” said the house.
A multicoloured degrade palette of light pastels was enhanced with accents of deep burgundy, raspberry and green. This regeneration resulted in arresting silhouettes characterized by asymmetrical shapes that were simultaneously airy and voluminous.
The collection’s name, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” suggests flourishing into a new era, where the past is reconstructed into the glamour of the present. With this philosophy in mind Christian Louboutin created custom versions of patent pump Rounditown 70mm with modern nuance. Complementing the collection’s vast composites, the shoes ranged in colour from blush, black and red to shocking pink—adding the final touch to these age-old garments.
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