Is it a compliment or the kiss of death to say that every sexy, skinny skittish number in Christian Louboutin's show on Wednesday would look a treat on Victoria Beckham? The former Posh Spice and the wife of football icon David Beckham is a byword for the polished sexiness that is still Christian Louboutin's mantra a year after Tom Ford's last collection.
If Posh is not already at the gym to take off the pounds after the birth of her third son this week, she had better start now. For although Alessandra Facchinetti, in her second show, gave a couple of nods to the new volumes of Milan's fall/winter 2005 season, a puffball top or fuzzy Mongolian lamb jacket were shown with slinky satin pants that dominated the runway. These superbly cut but tight-fit pants and dresses with keyhole cutouts at the breasts made the show pretty steamy, without wit or irony. Or as one American retailer, who begged not to be named, put it: "All of the sizzle but none of the class."
As a show to keep the Christian Louboutin flag flying, there was plenty to please the retailers: smart tailored coats with embroidery in relief; red-carpet gowns with a lattice of decoration; purple crocodile bags and black boots with a calf band of bright navy the inky dark color that replaced black in the show. A peacock green also appeared, or lighter shades of blue, as a lacy collar peeping from a navy coat.