Crayola changed the name of its “flesh” crayon to “peach” way back in 1962. The fashion world, on the other hand, has continued to manufacture and name “nude” garments and accessories in exactly one shade: beige. Recent efforts such as the “What’s Your Nude?” campaign, which called for bra makers to create more bras in shades of brown, have drawn attention to this ridiculously narrow definition of the word “nude,” and now a high-end shoe designer has taken a pretty big step (heh, heh) toward a more inclusive “nude” color palette. Christian Louboutin just announced a new collection of pumps called “The Nudes,” which are available in five colors to accommodate a wider range of realistic skin tones. Louboutin also released a free app to let prospective buyers photograph their feet and find the best shoe shade for them. While it’s great to see more color options, unfortunately Louboutin’s shoes are still only available at one very high price point: $625 a pop. Here’s hoping that this collection sparks similar action by more affordable brands. Nude shoes for everyone! [Huffington Post]
Can’t walk in heels? We feel you, girl. Especially for a red carpet event so high-profile and fancy, you want to feel confident, beautiful, and traditional — especially if it’s your first time there. It’s no surprise that Lena Dunham went with the safe choice in terms of red-carpet footwear — a black, peep-toe Christian Louboutin pump with a bit of a platform and a heck of a heel. However, the mix of nerves, Moët, and an unwieldy skirt probably made a precarious situation even worse. Read more…
Thanks to Christian Louboutin’s lawsuit, today we all have the chance to read a very serious court ruling in which a judge makes reference to that ubiquitous and kind of terrible fashion term, “pop of color.” It all started last year when Louboutin claimed that a pair of red-soled heels by Yves Saint Laurent infringed on their trademark design. A lower court judge acknowledged the popularity of the Louboutin red sole and its visibility as a status symbol, but ruled that a single color could not be trademarked. Yesterday in a court of appeals, Judge José A. Cabranes handed down a verdict in favor of Louboutin, arguing that it is “the contrast between the sole and the upper that causes the sole to ‘pop’ and to distinguish its creator.” Not sure how this might affect all those DIYers who have been faking their own Loubs with a coat of red paint, but you might want to choose a different color to “pop,” just in case… [NYT] [Photo via Net-A-Porter]
These Christian Louboutin platform heels are embroidered to look like a motherboard–isn’t that clever and quirky and fun?–and they can be yours for a mere $1695, which happens to be the same price as a brand new MacBook Pro. I know, I know, it seems like an astronomical sum, but it’s actually not that bad considering that you can use these Louboutins to watch movies, work remotely from anywhere in the world, complete ambitious graphic design projects, download music, and Skype with your friends. Oh. Wait a second. I just re-read the description and it turns out these shoes can’t do any of that. They look like a computer, and cost as much as a computer, but they’re just shoes. Now I’m confused. And kind of sad. [Racked]
A real pair of Christian Louboutin heels will set you back anywhere from $800 to $2000 (“A stupid pair of shoes should never cost the same amount as a fair condition ’95 Nissan Maxima!” — my dad), which means they’re not a realistic footwear option for most people. But hey, if the recession and crumbling global economy have taught us anything, it’s that a little creativity will get you far. Keep reading »
Nobody ever told us who designed Cinderella’s glass slipper, but if a contemporary version of the tale were to take place, Christian Louboutin would be a shoe-in for the job — so it’s only natural that Disney chose the French designer, known for his luxurious red-soled footwear, to create a modern-day take on the fateful shoe. Unveiled yesterday in Paris, the results are infinitely more practical than a heel constructed of, uh, glass: the shoe is actually made of a fine layer of lace and covered in a smattering of Swarovski crystals, including crystal butterflies. I totally would have preferred to see Louboutin create a pair of actual glass slippers, even if it meant they were unwearable. They would look just as pretty on display as they would on the foot of a future princess. Or, you know, a stripper named Princess. Or Shauna Sand. [Fashionista]
“Maybe it sounds jerky, but I’m lucky to be on such a fashion-centric show. There’s no designer I don’t have access to. … What I planned [for a wedding] before I got into the business has changed. It used to be that my mom or I would make my dress. Now I’m like, ‘Hmm, I wonder what shoes Christian [Louboutin] is going to make me. and which couture house I should go to?’”
– Decisions, decisions for poor Blake Lively in Marie Claire — who, I might add, has not even officially announced she is engaged yet. Which $650 heels will you have custom-made for you? Which couture house will make your gown?! What a terrible life you and your vagina do lead. (And yes, you do sound jerky.) [Marie Claire]
Christian Louboutin is synonymous with a unique brand of sexy, just-this-side-of-sleazy luxury. His famed heels literally need no introduction — the flashy scarlet sole says it all. The designer is a favorite of models, starlets, socialites, and run-of-the-mill rich girls alike, but if you’re not the kind of person who’s comfortable with shelling out $800+ for a pair of stilettos, then you’re SOL. He’s one of those designers who would never deign (or “pollute,” as Manolo Blahnik would say) his brand to a lower-priced, more accessible line: exclusivity is the name of the Louboutin game.
But for all the ladies out there who are dying to get their hands on something, anything bearing that signature glossy red, now’s your chance, and it won’t come at the cost of your entire paycheck.
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Money can’t buy you class, the great Countess LuAnn once sang, and isn’t it true? The manager of Jaspers’ Corner Tap & Kitchen in San Fransisco, Matt Medinger, went to the ER recently after he intervened in a streetside drama over Christian Louboutin’s red-soled shoes. Medinger said he witnessed a man walk past a woman on the sidewalk, who was changing out of her Loubs into a pair of slippers, and saw him accidentally bump one of the shoes. The woman started yelling at the shoe-bumper, who was trying to apologize when he got punched by one of the woman’s friends. So Medinger jumped in, trying to tell everyone to calm down, when this shoe nazi reportedly grabbed her shoes and smashed them into his head, sending him to the ER. The woman and her friends ran off, but Medinger snapped a pic of her and posted it on Twitter. I hope she gets busted by the SFPD and her Loubs are handed over to “Fashion Police.” That is not how to care for your $600 shoes, lady. [NY Daily News]
In the past week, both Katy Perry and Kate Upton have rocked these new Christian Louboutin pumps, which have the word ‘sex’ written across the toe in Swarovski crystals. You know, because they’re subtle. Keep reading »