Escaping the rapidly cooling temperatures of Sydney to the golden warmth washed, ancient cobbled streets of Florence, Pitti Uomo 92nd edition gave occasion to Christian Louboutin’s debut, which was marked by a day-long Bike Polo tournament.
Bike Bolo, born in Seattle in 1999, as a two wheeled version of its horseback counterpart, has gained a worldwide following in the ensuing decade. The Pitti Uomo tournament, staged by Christian Louboutin, saw 8 teams from the world over gathered in the historic Piazza Santa Maria Novella.
And what does this all have to do with Christian Louboutin’s iconic red-soled shoes, which have, since the brand’s founding in 1992, epitomised innovation, artisanship, elegance and wit? The connection is made in the form of the ‘Aurelien’ sneaker, a 90’s inspired basketball sneaker with a low-top silhouette. In the beautiful showroom, where the Aurelien collection was expertly woven into the luxurious interiors of Studio Dimore, we saw the beloved sneaker expressed in its many wildly vibrant alter egos, from pastel washes to gem-incrusted incarnations. There is undoubtedly an Aurelien for every soul.
That day, the hand chained Moninin carried me through the winding back streets of old Florence, from the irreverent dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore to the shimmering waters of the Ponte Vecchio, and of course, astride my own custom made bike, polo stick in hand. Though, I can assure you, that my performance was not at all as disaster-free as these images would suggest.