Prepare to be completely captivated by Christian Louboutin’s collaboration with Indian couture designer Sabyasachi. The limited-edition collection features the Louboutin’s infamous red soled shoes and decadent handbags designed using handcrafted sari fabric from the Sabyasachi archives. Here, we sat down with Mr. Louboutin himself to talk about his ongoing love affair with India, and how he sees the BG woman wearing his shoes this season.
The Sabyasachi capsule collection is available in store only. Shop select styles available online.
Don’t miss: Meet Christian Louboutin on Tuesday 10/17 and have your new shoe purchase signed from 5-7pm. Shoe Salon, 2nd Floor.
Bergdorf Goodman: We are so excited to launch the Sabyasachi Capsule collection at BG. What was your inspiration for this project?
Christian Louboutin: Sabyasachi is not only a fantastic designer, but also he is the essence of what I have always liked about India. India is really a strong culture, a very rooted culture. We clicked very quickly. I get to meet a lot of people, but it needs to be a personal, not professional connection, to go all the way to a collaboration.
BG: What is your favorite part of the collaborative design process?
CL: It’s always nice to communicate and collaborating is the first stage to communication. When you work in fashion, you bring things to people, you bring pleasure to people, so sometimes it’s actually very nice, especially for me who is doing a very specific thing, to collaborate with people to bring and enhance a different point of view.
BG: Do you think fashion & style in Paris and Kolkata complement each other? How does the capsule collection reflect this viewpoint?
CL: When I think of India, the first words that come are beauty, colour, exoticism, smell… Through the religion, the statutes, through the voice, the dancing and their Gods, their characters, the artists, you have a lot of women. The strength of woman is strong in India and in Paris where there are very few limits on what a woman can do.
BG: How do you see the Bergdorf woman wearing the Sabyasachi collection this season?
CL: I really think that the shoes are such a mix of different things. I like, in general, to be surprised by how people are going to wear the shoes, I also like to be surprised by who likes the shoes and for what reasons…I always leave that door completely open.