Wednesday, March 24, 2010
KILLER HEELS, LOUBOUTIN & THE QUEEN
King of the stiletto, Christian Louboutin is one of the most famous shoe designers in the world & it seems officially, the most prestigious, according to independent ratings company Luxury Institute, which touts Christian Louboutin the most desirable shoe brand in the world for the past three years.
The man credited for bringing the stiletto back has just flown home to the UK from Dubai where he is about to open his 20th boutique & has another 13 planned for this year.
Throughout an interview with The Guardian he discusses never desiring to be part of the fashion world, "I never was interested in being part of the fashion world—I just wanted to design shoes. I didn't even know Vogue existed when I was growing up. Vogue, what is that?"
Having pretty much adorned most celebrities like; Madonna, Carla Bruni, Christina Aguilera, Kate Bosworth, Victoria Beckham & Lady Gaga, he revealed the one he truly desired as a customer – ‘The Queen of England’.
Sky-high heels are not synonymous with comfort but luxury labels are usually expected to offer more of it. For Louboutin it seems comfort isn’t his main concern. "It is important because a woman doesn't look good if she's not comfortable. But I wouldn't take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, 'Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe'. There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don't have to walk in high heels."
Ah, the glorious impracticality of it all.
Finally, he addressed talk ruminating around the Barbie doll’s that carry his name. It is true, he asked for her ankles to be skinnier. He explained, "The ankle was a bit straight and there's nothing more pretty than a very curved ankle. So I said to them, the one thing that could really give her perfection is to give a curve to her ankle. It's not like she's going to suffer for it."
(Source: The Guardian / Photograph: Denis Rouvre)
Follow Tracey on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/traceygillinder
or read Tracey's columns @ http://www.babesinbusiness.com