Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Designer Bio: Christian Louboutin

After watching Sex and the City 2 today, I was inspired to do my next designer bio on Christian Louboutin, famed shoe designer since 1991. Christian dropped out of school at the age of 12, emulating his role model Sophia Loren. While Christian designs all types of shoes, from flats to knee-high boots to wedges, he is absolutely most well-known for bringing stilettos back to women's fashion in the 1990s and 2000s. He measures his heels in millimeters, with his average heights being between 100-150 mm (120 mm is 4 3/4 inches!). The red sole came as an accident, when he applied Chanel red nail polish to the bottom of a pair of shoes he designed to make them 'pop'. It ended up being so successful that it became his trademark, and he applied for a patent in March 2007.

Christian Louboutin has boutiques all over the world: three in Paris, two in New York, two in California, one in Las Vegas, one in Miami, and one opening in Dallas, as well as two in London, one in Hong Kong, one in Singapore, one in Indonesia, and five in Australia. Louboutin is a brand that is constantly replicated - so beware online shoppers. If you are not buying from the US Louboutin website, or other reputable retailers such as Barney's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, or Bergdorfs, be highly suspicious of the product you're getting. The brand is very adamant about getting their counterfeits offline as fast as possible to keep Christian Louboutin's originals pieces of art.

Below are my favorites from his 2011 Spring Collection. The glitterized pair is just a mere $3,000! If only I could ring in the New Year with those on my feet.

"I did not really choose the red sole. Its more like the red sole came to me and had to stay with me." - Christian Louboutin

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