With eye-popping disco looks, seductive red soles, an aggressive vertical curving oomph, these shoes say SEX loud and clear. His finger on the pulse of women and men for decades now, amazing luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin has consistently merged sexy styles with pop culture so alluringly that everyone from Oprah, to hip hop divas, to “Sex in the City” star and Louboutin-obsessed Sarah Jessica Parker have famously worn them.
Describing CL’s shoes, Jennifer Lopez told Harper’s Bazaar: “They kill you. But they’re the sexiest shoes around.” To be sure, Louboutin’s shoes connote height both in heels and in retail prices.
Transporting us to champagne-soaked nights at Paris’s celebrated Le Palace discotheque with ultra-glam styles, the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is fearless. Christian is inspired from uninhibited female dress codes from the 70’s: towering platforms, Cher-like lashes and bold colors.
Chunky sling-backs have water-snake piping and gold detailing on rich purple calfskin velour; vampy, peep-toes perched on woven, gilded patent leather, with calfskin velour and gold piping; or equally irresistible lower key pumps on purple calfskin velour with gold piping.
The flashy signature red soles were an accident more than design. Having trouble making a sample “pop” with color, and inspired by an assistant painting her nails, he snatched her nail polish and painted the sole red.
Astounding the market two years ago with tall, spiky stiletto-inspired nail polish, he launched lipstick Loubalique, his version of a magic wand this spring.
Louboutin also has exceptionally cool designs for men. A must-have urban ultra-cool marbly green, studded Explorafunk backpack is already sold out online. Swarovski crystal-encrusted smoking slippers called ”Dandelion Strass Flats” add sparkle and pop-star aura. Other hipper urban models have carved out a strong male following for this exceptional brand.
Trained with Charles Jourdan, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent before forging his own career, Christian’s success is undeniable. By September, he will have a whopping 136 stores worldwide. With fairy-tale inspired women’s departments, the growing men’s business communicates a more woodsy cabin retail ambience.
Christian Louboutin recently collaborated with Henri Tai of Sportyhenri.com, for a newly launched E-concept store for men, to dress over 100 Cuban elite athletes with formal designs for the fashionable closing ceremonies in Rio. Watch this sexy brand grow!
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