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.


From genetics to fashion design, glamor is in Fidda Al-Marzouqi’s genes

A gown designed by Cabochon’s Fidda Al-Marzouqi.(Supplied)
Updated 18 October 2018
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From genetics to fashion design, glamor is in Fidda Al-Marzouqi’s genes

  • Fidda Al-Marzouqi talks about her label Cabochon
  • The label is known for its elegant evening gowns and fitted looks

DUBAI: She may have studied genetics and public health, but Fidda Al-Marzouqi has found success in a decidedly more creative field in her home town of Abu Dhabi.

The designer and founder of fashion atelier Cabochon spoke to Arab News about her personal style and the challenges she faced while making the transition to the studio.

“I’ve always loved anything to do with design and I’ve also always loved fashion, dressing myself up,” she said, explaining why she chose to test the waters of sartorial design while maintaining her day job as a senior health officer.

“A lot of people would always ask for my advice on how to style a certain look and my friends encouraged that, because I have natural flair — it’s not something I studied — I should pursue it.”

So, Al-Marzouqi hired a team of master cutters, tailors and hand embroiders and set up the brand Cabochon in 2016.

Named after a gemstone that has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted, the label is known for its elegant evening gowns and fitted looks.

“It’s all about femininity. I love history, I love all aspects of design, traveling inspires me,” Al-Marzouqi said of her creative process.

However, inspiration and a knack for design will only take you so far in a notoriously competitive industry.

“If you have natural flair at designing or creating a look, there’s the other technical stuff that you’re not aware of like running a team of staff, the facts and figures — that was the challenging part,” the designer said, referring to the obstacles she has faced on her journey so far.

But she learnt the ropes and now oversees all aspects of research, design and production and is particularly keen to ensure the women she dresses have the “full Cabochon experience,” including “the attention, the care (and) the fit.

“I create and I design, but obviously every woman has a certain style so you respect the personality that comes in — her style, the shape of her body, her attitude, what she likes and, accordingly, you get inspired as a designer.”