Christian Louboutin releases Lahore-inspired shoe

The new release is a flat shoe complete with a pointed toe and a wrap-around scarf for the ankle. (Photo courtesy: christianlouboutin.com)
Updated 27 November 2017
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Christian Louboutin releases Lahore-inspired shoe

LAHORE: Earlier this year, Pakistani social media flew off the handle when shoe designer Christian Louboutin landed in the country and now shoe fans have been treated to the designer's latest creation, which is named after the city of Lahore.
Louboutin, who was in Pakistan attending an exclusive dinner hosted by the Art Divvy Foundation in April, visited design and art schools, made appearances at art events and traveled to sites to take in what Pakistan had to offer.
Known worldwide for his infamous red-soled shoes, owning a pair of his shoes is as much a style bucket list item as it is a status symbol.
Last week, reports broke out that on his website, a new shoe design had been released dubbed the “Lahore Flat.” Naturally those that love when Pakistan gets a nod abroad collectively rushed to the site to get a look at the shoe and its description. Curiously enough, though the shoe holds the name of Lahore, the description itself refers to the designer’s visit to Venice as the inspiration behind the shoe.

Follow in the footsteps of Lahore.

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A flat shoe complete with a pointed toe and a wrap-around scarf for the ankle — which one could say resembles a dupatta, or scarf — comes in a classic black and two variations of the designer’s signature scribbles.
With Pakistan aiming to be a brand among international shopping enthusiasts, the little nod to his trip has been appreciated.


TheFace: Dr. Lama S. Taher, the successful fashion designer whose one dream was not enough

Dr. Lama S. Taher (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 20 April 2018
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TheFace: Dr. Lama S. Taher, the successful fashion designer whose one dream was not enough

  • Lacking in financial assistance but armed with grit, perseverance and passion, a young Saudi woman fashion designer launches her own brand while pursuing further studies, and succeed in both

I was born and raised in Riyadh and moved to London in 2004 to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, followed by a Master’s degree in Mental Health.

Eight years ago, when I started on my Ph.D. in Psychology, I felt compelled to go into fashion design. Armed with grit, perseverance and passion, I took the plunge and launched my own brand, LUM, in May 2010.

I had no financial assistance and no fancy business plans — but I believed in it. No one else did, except my older sister who stood by me.

In spite of its humble beginning, the brand was well-received in the Kingdom and the Gulf region. But my father, a physician, was not convinced. I placed a bet with him, vowing to make substantial sales and revenue within one month. On July 1, 2013, I won that bet, making him my number one supporter.  In 2016, I achieved my academic dream, obtaining a Ph.D. in psychology at City University London.  

But it was not easy. Enduring sleepless nights and homesickness, I persevered to meet high academic demands. Meanwhile, the LUM business continued to flourish.

People asked why a successful fashion designer would pursue a doctorate in psychology. I was constantly asked to pick one — but my heart was in one and my mind was in another. 

Few believed I could achieve both. At times, I too doubted myself.

Today, I am an assistant professor at Dar Al Hekma University in Jeddah, supervising award-winning researchers. I am also a Saudi designer and manager of a successful fashion brand sold in the GCC, New York and Los Angeles.  I share my story to empower women to pursue their dreams, to believe in themselves, to fight for what they want.

People still ask: “Why both?” 

I reply, smiling: “Because one dream was not enough.”