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A highly stylised shoe by one of the fashion world’s brightest new names will quite literally light up London Fashion Week later this week thanks to the university where he learnt his trade.
Shoe designer Liam Fahy, whose luxury ladies footwear label claims to make on average the most expensive shoes in the world, is creating a one-off design fitted with crystal lights to display at event.
He will display his collection at LFW’s Somerset House from Friday 15 February to Tuesday 19 after winning one of the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN awards.
“Every now and then we do a special project,” explained Liam. “This one has dozens of flashing crystal lights on it and, due to its complexity, was partly assembled in our factory in Venice and partly with De Montfort University in Leicester, as it required microchips and a small team of highly specialist technicians who can’t be found anywhere else.”
Liam graduated from De Montfort University in 2006 and his former Footwear course leader Kevin Guildford put him in contact with technical services manager Manbir Sambhi and digital design engineer Dilip Chauhan from the Faculty of Technology, plus computing lecturer Brian Bramer, who created the microchips and circuitry for the shoe.