Slipped over a transparent dress in iridescent black chiffon, the matching crop top and mini skirt are embroidered with multicoloured geometric motifs shot through with gold. Sewn into the organza, 2,000 bugle beads, 4,000 sequins, 2,000 tubes and 20 cabochons in Plexiglas made by Maison Goossens form a composition like an abstract painting. These hand-embroidered motifs by Maison Lesage conjuring up ancient Egyptian bas-reliefs extend to the pyramid minaudière, to create a harmonious ensemble.
Working with Karl Lagerfeld's illustrations, the skilled bootmakers at Massaro fashioned four new styles for the Paris - New York Métiers d'art collection: a flat, closed-toe, gold leather sandal exudes elegant simplicity while black and two-tone gold pumps are much more ornate; their heels bejewelled by fellow Métiers d'art Maisons, Goossens and Desrues. The Massaro craftsmen also made two-tone gold boots with black patent leather toes, and over-the-knee leather boots cast in solid gold or a metallic graffiti with New York and ancient Egyptian-inspired motifs.
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