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Fashion Moment: Sabyasachi and Louboutin Open India Couture Week 2015

Fashion giants Sabyasachi and Louboutin opened the sixth India Couture Week in late July with a dazzling display of their collaborative work on Sabyasachi’s latest line. The vintage inspired collection, titled “Bater” after one of India’s most common hunting birds, featured rich earth tones, shimmering sequins and pops of saturated color. Of the inspiration for the designs, Sabyasachi said, “I wanted to bring out a collection which is inspired by hunting birds and prey. I wanted to keep it dark, gothic and sexual.”

Sequined design features skirt with high slit and lace cuffed trousers

Sequined design features skirt with high slit and lace cuffed trousers

Short sheer dress covered in embroidery and fringe fur shoulder piece

Short sheer dress covered in embroidery and fringe fur shoulder piece

Sheer floor length cape adds dramatic flair to this look

Sheer floor length cape adds dramatic flair to this look

Mermaid style gown catches the light with gold embellishments

Mermaid style gown catches the light with gold embellishments

Ivory lace bralette paired with feminine skirt and open front jacket

Ivory lace bralette paired with feminine skirt and open front jacket

Known for his billowing creations, Sabyasachi opted for more structured styles in this couture collection, presenting shape-skimming creations both modern and eccentric in design. Among the offerings in the Sabyasachi and Louboutin collaboration were romantic saris paired with floor-grazing capes, short dresses, feminine maxis, skirts, jumpsuits, bold accessories (including spiked clutches), and of course, spectacular shoes – every piece essential to a couture wardrobe.

Long coat features gold floral appliques

Long coat features gold floral appliques

Intricate details adorn this slim silhouette

Intricate details adorn this slim silhouette

Multi-layered design brings in the ethereal element of tulle

Multi-layered design brings in the ethereal element of tulle

Top with sheer cutouts and a cowl neck paired with shimmering lace pants

Top with sheer cutouts and a cowl neck paired with shimmering lace pants

Glittery gold bralette and skirt with floor-length embroidered jacket

Glittery gold bralette and skirt with floor-length embroidered jacket

The goth-inspired set, mimicking a dark, misty jungle, was surrounded by artificial bats and the eerie sounds of nighttime in the wilderness. With an abandoned, crumbling mansion as the backdrop to the designs, each piece’s color palette reflected the primitive, somber theme. The models wore Louboutin’s iconic scarlet soles during the show, the vibrant color reflected in a handful of Sabyasachi’s trademark red designs, making for a true pairing of the aesthetics of both Sabyasachi and Louboutin.

A set shrouded in smoke makes for a spooky backdrop to the collection

A set shrouded in smoke makes for a spooky backdrop to the collection

Red design features delicate embroidery and fringe fur accent

Red design features delicate embroidery and fringe fur accent

Close up of the dazzling detail of the collection

Close up of the dazzling detail of the collection

As expected, the much-anticipated Sabyasachi and Louboutin shoe creations showcased in the collection were nothing short of spectacular. Edgy embellishments, feminine floral appliques and adorned the stacked stilettos and elegant heeled sandals. Men’s styles featured a romantic vintage flair, with delicate laces and dapper loafer designs. Perfectly complementing the exquisite couture fashions of the collection, each pair of shoes reflected Sabyasachi’s elaborate design aesthetic.

A flawless marriage of Sabyasachi's signature embroidery and Louboutin's iconic red-soled stacked stiletto

A flawless marriage of Sabyasachi’s signature embroidery and Louboutin’s iconic red-soled stacked stiletto

Men's designs include luxe loafers and two-toned saddle shoes

Men’s designs include luxe loafers and two-toned saddle shoes

Glamorous heeled sandal decked out in jewels and sequins

Glamorous heeled sandal decked out in jewels and sequins

Sky high stilettos complement Sabyasachi's intricate gowns

Sky high stilettos complement Sabyasachi’s intricate gowns

Nude heel with ivory floral embroidery and studded accents

Nude heel with ivory floral embroidery and studded accents

Full of texture, this creation pairs mesh with corn husk fringe and an animal print heel

Full of texture, this creation pairs mesh with corn husk fringe and an animal print heel

The first Indian designer to collaborate with Louboutin, Sabyasachi called the pairing a “wish fulfillment.” And he wasn’t the only one smitten with the collaboration. “I like designs that have a heritage and history attached to them. This is simply spectacular,” said Louboutin.

Sabyasachi and Louboutin during the show’s finale

Sabyasachi and Louboutin during the show’s finale

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