Fetish, burlesque and fantasy: these are just a few of Christian Louboutin’s favourite things. Transitioning from summer to fall, this ongoing inspiration is reinvigorated in a new collection of fetish sandals—the Cage. With an exquisite focus on lines, curves and materials, the Cage collection beautifully illustrates Christian Louboutin’s creative process, which often involves allowing the pleasure of drawing to inform the final shape of the shoe. With each design, the collection hints at subtle expressions of intimacy and seduction, whilst accentuating a woman’s body through carefully placed straps and, on select styles,a new fetish heel that mimics the curve of a woman’s leg.
Featured in a diverse range of this season’s stand-out materials and colours, the collection juxtaposes high-gloss, light reflecting materials against supple mattes that absorb light, alluding to the tactile surfaces of a woman’s boudoir.Various stages of dress and undress are articulated through varying asymmetrical lines, and thick to thin straps, some of which expose more skin than others.
"I prefer shoes that undress to shoes that dress. If a woman is naked wearing shoes, she is still naked - the shoes take nothing away of her nudity, they're like an extension of her nudity," says Christian Louboutin.
Here, Christian's vision of seduction is carried out through shoes that flaunt sophisticated cut-out designs that enrobe the foot using multiple straps to carve elegant curves.
Fully embodying the Cage aesthetic are Cajaboot and Cajac 100. Comprised of 11 individual components per foot, strips of veau velours, calf and watersnake are individually hand-stitched together and then lasted. For each size as well as each side of the foot, a different pattern must be created to ensure the design is placed perfectly when worn. The result is like a love note from a lover, where rhythmic arabesque lines recall the meticulous art of calligraphy, adding yet another intimate gesture to the collection.