In these challenging economic times, it seems astonishing that designers would push already-high prices into the five-figure range. But for spring, several designers are offering limited editions loaded with precious embroidery and gems—and prices to match.
“I feel responsible to continue doing things that make one dream,” says Christian Louboutin, who collaborated with Jean-François Lesage India, which was founded by the son of Paris embroiderer François Lesage.
The resulting Marie Antoinette shoe, of which only 30 pairs have been produced, is completely embroidered and topped with a miniature porcelain head, with heels available in canary yellow, Prussian blue or puce at 4,490 euros, or about $6,500 at current exchange.
Meanwhile, Jean-François Lesage France is working with couture shoe designer Mai Lamore on embroidery for her bespoke creations, which she launched last year. Lamore’s client base can afford the 43,000 euro, or $55,995, price tag that comes with her one-of-a-kind jeweled, gold-heeled creations, but if that’s a budget breaker for others, the Bird’s Nest comes in at a relatively reasonable 10,500 euros, or $13,671. Gold thread is woven and mingled with glistening crystals to make these shoes the perfect accompaniment for a couture ensemble.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)