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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.