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Swiss Watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre collaborate with Christian Louboutin

LUXURY watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre have teamed up with Christian Louboutin for an exclusive collaboration. The range celebrating the 85th anniversary of the creation of one of their most iconic designs – The Revero is being exclusively showcased at Harrod’s Fine Watch Room.

jaeger-lecoultre-reverso-creation-by-christian-louboutin_-applicolle-mir-1Jaeger-LeCoultre creation by Christian Louboutin with Mirror dial

 

The pieces combine the expertise of Jaeger-LeCoultre craftsmen who have created a traditionally elegant timers, with Louboutin’s flair for understated luxury which is evident in the matched straps. Aptly named ‘The Loopi – Loop and Officer Straps’ due to their circularly – inspired features, they accentuate the ultra – feminine Reverso with their rich colours and intricate detail.

 

jaeger-lecoultre-reverso-creation-by-christian-louboutin_-applicolle-mir-2Jaeger-LeCoultre creation by Christian Louboutin with Mirror dial

by Magda Pirowska

The full collection is in-store now and orders can be made from now up until end of October exclusively in Harrods Fine Watch Room. The two featured styles are exclusive to Harrods however there are many more styles in the range.

V&A Latest Show – Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Review

 

VA shoes review SS1 Seduction viewThe seduction installation. Image courtesy of the V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum has opened up its extensive and unrivalled collection of shoes, for both men and women, (comprising of well over 2,000 pairs, spanning over 3,000 years from across the world and many on display for the first time) as well as other international collections and those of individual people, for its latest show, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, which explores extremes of footwear from around the world from the present day, with 3D-printed shoes to, those owned or associated with figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Queen Victoria, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Beckham, the Duchess of Cambridge and Naomi Campbell through to antiquity with gold-decorated sandals from ancient Egypt in the 250 pairs on display. The show’s aim is to explore the “transformative power of extreme footwear as well as the euphoria and obsession they can inspire” and the culture significance of footwear.

Organised over two floors, with the lower floor gallery having a boudoir-style design with the displays examining three themes; transformation, status and seduction. The upper gallery is has a “laboratory-style” format where all the processes involved in the construction of shoes is examined.

The tension between comfort and contortion is at the centre of Pleasure and Pain, with lotus shoes (only 10cm long, made of embroidered fine silk) for the bound feet of Chinese concubines and the stilt-like 28.5 cm tall 18C Egyptian Qabaqib (bath clogs) used to keep the wearer’s feet off the slippery floor of a bathhouse on display on lower floor in contrast to the sneakers on show in the brightly-lit, and more functional first floor.

VA shoes review SS2A display cabinet from the upper floor of the show. Image courtesy of the V&A

On display here are sketches, materials, shoe lasts and video-ed interviews with show designers-extraordinaire Manolo Blahnik, Sandra Choi, Marc Hare, Caroline Groves and Christian Louboutin. There is also a cabinet with a single shoe from the collection of Imelda Marcos of shoe collection infamy.

VA shoes review SS3 An installation including shoes worn by the last Khan of Mongolia, the Queen Mother, Madame Pompadour, Sarah Jessica Parker, a pair of embellished Prada sandals, Queen Victoria and the Duchess of Cambridge. Image courtesy of the V&A

In recent years, an appreciation of footwear has become more of a mainstream and worn-out pleasure, the challenge for the Museum was to mount a show with verve and originality, offering fresh insight into (what can be somewhat warped) our relationship with shoes

The challenge for the V&A is to use its unrivalled collection to bring something new to the topic. As its title suggests, Pleasure and Pain attempts to bring a fresh angle by dint of a full-frontal view of the perversity and strangeness of our relationship with shoes.

by Caroline Simpson

The V&A’s Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition is supported by Clarks, Agent Provocateur and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers from until January 31, 2016.

What Makes Fashion Speak?

  • Some looks from Eudon Choi SS14’s collection at London Fashion Week. Eudon Choi was a winner of the BFC Elle Talent Launch Pad in 2010, a initiative co-ordinated by Elle and the British Fashion Council

THE FRENCH post-modernist philosopher Baudrillard once wrote, “Fashion has the fabulous character of the more beautiful than beautiful; fascinating. The seduction it exerts is independent of all value judgment. It surpasses the esthetic from in the ecstatic form of unconditional metamorphosis.” Coming through the lens of postmodernism, fashion is the ultimate art form because it comes already deconstructed. Its meaning is already fading and changeable; its form is variable. But what fashion lacks in definitive form it makes up for in purpose and aesthetic impact. Fashion, in many ways, is the sheer embodiment of beauty – it is all emotion, imaginative impulse and expression. It is concomitantly objective and generalisable as it is personal and specific.

But what is it that makes fashion speak? It is up to the creative direction of an individual designer? Or is there something more substantial, universal, and transnational to the character of fashion? The answer lies both within and without the history of fashion. Coco Chanel notoriously created a fabric of stories about her own life and anecdotes in order to achieve a level of fame. But, she left her clothing to represent itself in its characteristic elegance, nonchalance, and perhaps, ridiculously, indefinable chic.

Master the balance

The power of brands lies in the degree to which they embrace their own value status. This is somewhere in the space between a company’s history and heritage and their ability to master the balance between their unique point of view and trends to stay ahead of the game with consumers. It is one of the key struggles of marketing strategy that it is a precarious balance to engage with consumers in an authentic manner, to encourage them to purchase, and not distill your brand in the process.

The poetics of fashion comes in its quasi-linguistic ability to communicate with everyone at a certain level, even those who claim to have little or no interest in it. Fashion is an art form – but, it is also a complicated business, as Imran Amed has shown us on many levels. In the same way, that a two year old can discern he prefers one pair of shoes over another, the average person participates in and interacts with fashion on a daily basis without even knowing it, both through the sheer act of getting dressed as well as emotionally engaging with how those around them choose to attire themselves.

In this way, fashion is a tricky game. Whether you’re a brand, a publication, a writer, or other related (or unrelated) industry professional, getting ahead in fashion is a matter of perseverance as well as brand value – knowing what sets you apart and finding ingenious ways to leverage upon it. This, of course, is never an easy equation, particularly in this saturated digital age where people have an access to everything and, in turn, more opinions on everything.

Emerging designers

And here is where the emerging designers come in. Free of the pressures of investors and other financial strictures, young designers are the lifeblood and the future of the fashion industry. They fully execute the poetics of fashion in the sheer individualism of their work and the artistic vision of what they create. The very movement and energy of fashion today – through all of the hype fashion weeks generate internationally – lies in the arena of these up-and-coming creative talents, known and unknown.

For all the breathlessness a Vera Wang gown or Christian Louboutin heels inspire, there is hundred-fold that for the works of these younger designers, some straight out of school, who will be designing what you will be wearing for the rest of your life, even neither of you realise it yet.

So, pay heed to those headlining young designers with the CFDA or NEWGEN in London, or that local talent in your city, because one day they may be essential to future of culture and how we understand ourselves.

by Jessica Quillin