No one denies that Christian Louboutin is a visionary of fashion and footwear. But over the last year, while other designers have dreamed of the future and presented these ideas mainly through books of static aspects and traditional catwalk videos, the French creative really took advantage of the opportunity of the demands of physical distancing from the pandemic to plunge into the world of the virtual and augmented. reality.
First, for his fall-21 women’s collection, the designer took over the former TWA terminal at New York’s JFK Airport, showing off his own vision of a retro airline. with Louboutin theme (Loubi Airways, naturally and with a red colored plane). through an immersive virtual reality that made his fans travel at a time when most couldn’t or didn’t want to go out.
Now, for his men’s spring 22 collection, Louboutin continues to experiment with virtual reality and demonstrates that it can be really more fun than real. Louboutin’s efforts also place him at the forefront of the fashion aspect as technology continues to push her into a digital space and there is no doubt that other designers are looking for clues on how to experiment with the power of fashion. footwear.
For this virtual exploration, the designer took advantage of the musical artist Julian Granel as the protagonist of the experience entitled “Loubi Future”, and the French singer wore the star of the collection, the Arpoador. A style focused on technique, the shoe takes the world of designer shoes to a new territory, combining the touch of the now well-known “fashion shoe” (which Louboutin helped to pioneer) with technology and attention to the performance that an authentic sports shoe entails. . Here, Louboutin takes the codes of the sneaker, with a shock-absorbent sole and a three-part construction, which gives it luxurious touches, with a leather upper, an exclusive red molded rubber sole and even a functional traction tab on the heel. The debut of sneakers comes at just the right time: as people want to get dressed again, the reality of the transition to more serious footwear requires something basically comfortable in the meantime.
Always with peripatetic creativity, the designer still managed to fit the trips to the collection, this time making a gesture with Brazil and its mid-century architect Oscar Neimeyer, whose curved lines appeared on the floor of sneakers, which are inspired by the Capoeira movement and are named after a surf spot located between the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro.
Elsewhere, the designer incorporated the main trends now leading men’s footwear, such as the sole of the tongue, which joined three styles from the Our Georges line of the collection, including a new monk strap with hardware logo details.
Always provocative, Louboutin’s collection also doesn’t need to make a gesture with the broader trend of men’s clothing venturing into women’s details. The designer has been at the forefront of adding sophisticated heel heights to men’s shoes over the past few seasons, and this continues through the spring of the 22nd, with even higher heights being more decorative.