Hmmm... is two-fingers-to-the-economy a new fashion trend? First Basso & Brooke told us that they had been inspired by Louis XV and the French Baroque period, and then Bruno Frisoni at Roger Vivier created the most flamboyant looking couture shoes we've seen in a long while. Now it seems Christian Louboutin is the latest designer to join the Francophiles. Inspired by Marie-Antoinette, he has collaborated with world renowned embroiderer Jean-Francois Lesage to create a unique capsule collection of pink, yellow and blue silk shoes. Sold in a specially constructed box and accompanied by an illustrated book of the collaborative process, the shoes are a testament to designers' increasingly ostentatious inspirations in the current financial climate. But if you want to get your hands on a pair you'd better dig deep, as each of the 36 pairs created will retail at a whopping £3,975. Fashion lust, meanwhile, is free of charge...
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