Sometimes you have to leave it to your pumps to bring the party. I’m still waiting for the chance to attend an Indian wedding, but in the meantime, Christian Louboutin’s intoxicating take on Eastern flavor will serve me well while I keep everything else simple and basic. And when I finally do get that invite, I’ll have the perfect pair of shoes to wear to the lavish affair.
The hand-embroidered cornucopia of details is as robust as a spice market, and setting it on the palette of Louboutin’s classic Lady Peep style ensures the shoe looks fab far beyond Bollywood. Naturally, nude suede allows you more options and it highlights all those colorful crystals, but my eyes desire nothing but turquoise. To go “understated” on any level defeats the purpose here. Festive aqua exudes ethnic charm, whisking your mind away to a place of exotic delights. Just don’t get carried away and go all out with henna! At Barneys New York for $2,795.
Pair with: A collection of sparkling bangles suit the mood without putting you in a costume. Isharya’s frugal find includes a set of six 18-karat gold-plated crystal bangles in royal blue. On Net-a-Porter for $110.