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.
Breaking: @cushnieetochs’ co-founders @carlycushnie and @ochsmichelle are parting ways. After a 10-year run, Ochs is leaving the brand. Get the full story on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
@maybelline’s Kanako Takase had snow bunnies in mind when creating the beauty look for @philipppleininternational. Playing off of the bedazzled snowboards in the collection, Takase mixed two highlighters together for a luminous sheen. #wwdbeauty #nyfw (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
“There’s a huge gap between the old way of doing things and today. It takes the youth to help evolve that. You have to count on the kids today to help lead you into the future. A lot of these retailers are stuck in the past. Communication is the biggest thing,” said @ronniefieg of @kith on the youth’s role in retail. On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Fieg and @syresmith at Assembly - a series of workshops, talks and keynotes addressing topics or issues in the apparel industry. Head to WWD.com to read more advice from Fieg and what Smith thinks of his dad @willsmith’s Instagram account and sustainability (📷: @weston.wells)
@joansmalls closed the @michaelkors fall 2018 show in black sequined pants and a varsity T printed with 19 on the front and 81 on the back. 1981 – the year Kors went into business. #wwdfashion #nfyw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“You think your life is going to be a certain way, and nothing you thought would happen ends up happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be designing clothes and working with Mickey Drexler, and building something I’m deeply proud of,” said Jenna Lyons. Nine months after leaving @jcrew, Lyons is exploring the meaning of happiness. Read the interview, where Lyons talks about reinvention and more on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Farrell) #jennalyons #jcrew