When it comes to modern, iconic footwear a brand that ceaselessly melds class and infectious sex appeal into every design, there is only one brand that (rightfully) springs to mind: Christian Louboutin. A designer so obsessed with his craft that he slept in his design studio for eight years while launching his career into stratospheric heights, it isn’t remotely surprising that he consistently delivers jaw dropping collections.
The Fall 2014 collection the one we had a glorious, if fleeting, sneak peek of back in March showcases Louboutin’s love of versatility, as well as his total adoration of fabulous, ankle-breaking heights.
Lovely floral prints, delicate laser cut filigree and strappy styles in both classic and rich suedes harken back to the iconic Louboutin image that grab celebrity ambassadors by the handful. Our favorite twist on the classic? Louboutin’s ingenious use of crackled metallic leather; we’d call it the new snakeskin, but judging from his pristine use of python in some of the other designs, we have to consider the gorgeous crackled metallic in a league all of its own.
One of the most notable silhouette additions comes from the dramatically corset-laced sculpted pumps, first seen on the Fall 2014 Marchesa runway. Initially inspired by ballet, the Conquilla lace-up concave wedges are one part kink and two parts please get in my closet,now. However, those aren’t the only soles to make a massive visual impact; for example, the Pigalle Follies Strass are crystal-studded masterpieces that we would possibly give up croissants for life in order to have. We also see candy-colored studs used elsewhere, both complementing metallic hues and floating atop of clear PVC.
Other gotta-look-twice features of the collection include lattice-like laser cut suede, oversized grommets accented with whipstitch trim and glitter infused sheer fishnet.
The brand that has forever cemented red-lacquered soles and Christian Louboutin’s legacy into the Fashion Dictionary (chicly sandwiched between ChloÃ© and Coco Chanel) has done it yet again. Whether you’re a woman who gravitates to Louboutin’s classic and sleek designs, or if the mixed media Aztec, Galata, and Gortik designs are right up your edgy alley, this legendary designer has got you covered.
Allegra cut-out sandal bootie in leather & suede with a 120mm heel and front tie fastening; as seen on Marion Cotillard
Allenissima open-toe slingback in black leather & patent leather with a 130mm heel
Aztec mixed media sandal in silk, python, suede leather & stingray with a 120mm heel
Berlinissimo bootie in black suede with a lattice style front and 100mm heel
Chester Fille peep-toe bootie in tiger print calf hair with a 100mm heel; available in eveque suede at Christian Louboutin
Conquilla 120mm sculpted wedge in tiger printed calf hair and black leather with a corset-style lace-up back
Foilles Resille pointed-toe pump in gold mirrored gold leather and black suede with a sheer fishnet front; available in black suede at Christian Louboutin UK
Franca cutout ankle-tie pump in eclipse suede with a 85mm heel; available in eclipse suede and nude leather at Christian Louboutin
Galata cut-out 120mm pump in pink patent and mirrored gold leather with purple suede and clear PVC inserts; available at Christian Louboutin and purple suede at Saks Fifth Avenue or black & silver at Neiman Marcus
Galata pointed-toe pump in eveque patent, tinted PVC and glitter sirene with a 120mm heel; available atChristian Louboutin and purple suede at Saks Fifth Avenue or black & silver at Neiman Marcus; as seen on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Gortik pointed-toe bootie in glitter floque platine with patent leather straps and 120mm heel; available in black leather at Neiman Marcus
Hot Chick patent leather pump in black & papaye with symmetric curved sides and 120mm heel
Iriza d’Orsay pointed-toe pump with a 120mm heel; available in yellow suede at Barneys, pink patent leather at Neiman Marcus or fishnet-inspired suede at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus & Christian Louboutin; as seen on Emma Stone
Iriza Strass pointed-toe half d’Orsay pump in lichen with a 120mm stiletto heel; as seen on Marion Cotillard
Mandolina laser-cut bootie in papaye leather with a pink specchio backing and 120mm mirrored gold heel; available in black leather at Neiman Marcus
Miluna pointed-toe pump in rouge de mars or black with a sheer tonal fishnet toe and 120mm stiletto heel
Ostri Sling pump in eclipse suede with gold grommets, red leather details, eclipse suede and 120mm gold specchio leather covered heel
Pensamoi ankle-strap sandal in black & pink silk satin with a 120mm heel and crystal-embellished two-tone flower detail
Pigalle Follies Strass DÃ©gradÃ© crystal covered pointed-toe pump with a 120mm heel
Pigalle Follies Strass pointed-toe pump in glitter sirene with a 120mm heel; as seen on Nicole Richie
Pigalle Follies in a beauitful maxi fiori printed silk with a 120mm stiletto heel
Pigalle Follies pumps in glossy nude patent leather with a 120mm heel
Pina Spike d’Orsay ankle-strap sandal in black patent leather with a mirrored gold spike covered counter and 5″ stiletto heel; available at Neiman Marcus
Pina Spike open-toe d’Orsay ankle-strap sandal in glitter flocked velvet and patent leather with a spiked heel counter
Spike Me clear PVC pump with candy-colored studs, pink patent leather details and 120mm heel
Lamadone knee-high lace up boot in black leather with a 120mm heel; Plakamina boot with peek-a-boo fishnet panels in black suede & merlot plus a 120mm heel; Tinafrange black suede fringe boot with a 120mm heel
Written by Shannon Weston, Images from Christian Louboutin