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Christian Louboutin: 10 Things Every Woman Should Have
Christian Louboutin makes some of the sexiest shoes in the world, so it's no wonder his picks are overtly feminine: A body-gripping pencil skirt, smoky French hosiery, and more.
By Frances Little
August 13, 2012
Photos: Stephan Galdieu/Courtesy of Christian Louboutin, David Cook (3), Courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Condé Nast Archive, David Cook, Courtesy of Chateau Petit-Village, Getty Images, David Cook, Getty Images
It was nearly 20 years ago that Christian Louboutin, in a moment of inspiration, brushed red nail polish on the bottoms of a pair of pumps and rewrote (shoe) history. Since then, the French designer has learned a lot about women's taste. He believes women see stilettos as "pedestals" on which to stake their sexuality, much as a showgirl climbs on the stage. His current collection includes thorn-studded sandals and six-inch-plus heels; even the more modest Pigalle pump has a thrusting, erotic vibe. Women who balk at wearing such shoes are "afraid of their own powers of seduction," says Louboutin, whose advice is to give it a try. "It's OK to be the wife and the girlfriend," he says.
1. Pencil Skirt by Azzedine Alaïa
"Alaïa truly honors the body of a woman." Viscose knit skirt, $2,905, at Ikram, Chicago (312-587-1000).
2. Burlesque and the Art of the Teese by Dita Von Teese (It Books)
"Even a married woman can behave like a mistress sometimes."
3. Christian Louboutin Artemis Bag
"The ornamented shoulder gives great body language around the neck." $2,995, at Neiman Marcus stores.
4. a Dvd Library
"Pick up the complete works of Pedro Almodóvar."
5. French Hosiery From Sabbia Rosa
"It has a light, smoky feel, like a cloud of color." Sabbia Rosa, Paris (011-33-1-45-48-88-37).
6. Christian Louboutin Copt Flats
"To add a little pop to your look." Similar styles at Christian Louboutin, N.Y.C. (212-396-1884).
7. a Case of Château Petit-Village Wine
"Whiskey we may drink alone, but wine is for sharing at a table. And good French wine doesn't give you a hangover."
8. MoRoCcan Argan Oil for Hair
"With hair, there is an element of gesture, of flirtation—so it's great to have good hair."
9. Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pump
"Simple and balanced. I've never seen someone who didn't look good in it." $625, at Christian Louboutin, Hollywood (310-247-9300).
10. a Beautiful Travel Experience
"Meet people from other cultures, so you understand that the world doesn't swirl around you."
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Christian Louboutin reveals what inspired his designs
By Fashion Editor |
Christian Louboutin reveals what inspired his designs. French fashion designer, Christian Louboutin’s first footwear designs were made for “showgirls”, and he has hailed the performers as the “driving forces” behind his creations. The 54-year-old fashion designer, who opened a footwear store in Paris in 1991, has revealed female performers were the original inspiration for the first pair of stiletto shoes he designs, and has hailed the dancers as the “driving forces” behind his line. Speaking to The New York Times newspaper, the creative mastermind said: “In a way, it comes back to some of my origins. The first shoes I ever designed were for showgirls, people on stage. Showgirls have a kind of attitude – they’re driving forces.”The businessman and his signature red bottom heels are a hit among a lot of celebrities, including singer Cardi B who addresses Christian’s creations in her track ‘Bodak Yellow’. However, Christian doesn’t know “much” about the rapper – whose full name is Belcalis Almanzar – because he is not a “big rap” fan. Speaking about his knowledge of the star, he said: “She has the hair like that? She’s a rapper? This ‘Yellow’ song. I don’t know much more than that, to be honest. [I’m] not a big rap person.” Although Christian may not know a lot about the 24-year-old artist, she is a huge fan of him and his work as she owns almost 100 pairs of his shoes. Speaking previously about Cardi B’s collection, her stylist Kollin Carter said: “She has to have over 90 pairs. She usually buys a pair or two every couple of weeks. Before ‘Bodak’ blew up, she wore red bottoms because that’s what it means to make it in the Bronx. It’s a status symbol that the masses can relate to; everyday girls work hard and save up their money to have that shoe. Cardi did the same.”
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You know Christian Louboutin shoes when you see the red soles, and you know they're worn by some of the world's most famous women. But how much do you really know about the creator of these sexy shoes?
Here are a few bits of interesting trivia about the beloved shoe designer.
Christian Louboutin's famous red soles were inspired by an employee's nail polish, so it's only fair that those same red soles inspired a manicure called, what else, but the "Louboutin Manicure."
The trend involved painting the underside of the fingernail tip red, and the top of the nail black, so what looked like normal black polish delivered quick flashes of red, much like catching a fleeting glimpse of a Louboutin sole.
Christian Louboutin Shoes with Blue Soles
For a short time, some Christian Louboutin shoes were available with baby blue soles.
Intended to provide the "something blue" for brides-to-be, these creations were only available via special order, and were very short-lived. Production was eventually stopped due to trademark issues.
The Way to Louboutin's Heart
Women far and wide have a weakness for Louboutin shoes. So what does the designer himself have a weakness for?
Books. And colorful ties. That he doesn't wear.
Hmmm ... I know a few shoe fanatics with a similar problem.
In an interview with Financial Times' How to Spend It magazine, Christian Louboutin said:
"If I go shopping, it might be to buy two or three more ties, which I never wear, or shirts from Charvet on Place Vendome. Here they have the most magnificent coloured ties: it's like looking at a lovely garden. I have tons of them at home and I am perfectly happy not to wear them."
Designing Hills Instead of Heels
After completing his work with famed shoe designer Roger Vivier in 1989, Christian Louboutin briefly left the fashion industry to work as a landscape designer. He returned in 1992 with his own collection of footwear.
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Every Christian Louboutin boutique is different, though they all share one thing in common: each was designed and decorated by Louboutin himself.
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