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The incredible Mr. Louboutin

Martha Taylor-Brown |
People call him "The boy who drew shoes", "The man with the gold leaf heels", "The man with the Guinness beer can heels", and "The man with the shoes that say Love". He did something really simple: he drawn one red line on the sole.

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Today women adore him; men still don't have a clue what's happening. He is "The incredible Mr. Louboutin" - the man with the red soles and the only shoe designer that is instantly recognisable just by - the soles. From his very early years, while he was a little boy, he was interested in women's fashion. His first drawings of shoes later became the base of the most Louboutin shoes. Drawing shoes was his talent, making shoes turned out to be his business. He was born as a talent, that's for sure.

Should the destiny took him in some other direction he still would be good, but women will never meet the man that say: "I want to make shoes that are like jewels." Jewels and shoes in one sentence, marvellous! Then he continues: "Shoes are more than just an accessory. They are an extension of a woman." Women exactly don't need an explanation for buying shoes.

Women just like to buy them by nature. That is was some kind of bug in our body, a virus, or something. But when a designer explains to us why those particularly shoes are beautiful and we are more beautiful just by wear it, we must adore him. If it's possible, even meet him with our husband.

Who wears Christian Louboutin's shoes? Here is the place for a little gossip. In the world of music and movies, who doesn't spread them? Fragile little lady Kylie Minoque wore his shoes in her "2 Hearts" video, the actresses as Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Mrs. Smith (Angelina Jolie), little Carrie from Sex in a City (Sarah Jessica Parker)... Just few months ago another Jessica, Jessica Seinfeld (the wife of Jerry Seinfeld), send twenty-one pairs of shoes to Oprah Winfrey, many of them were Louboutin's.

But, Christian Louboutin's shoes are also popular among everyday women willing to spend 500-1500 dollars per pair. He paints red soles because: "It is a color of love". It is a color for passion. Even if a women is wearing all black, she might choose a red lip or red nails." Perfectly logical, isn't it? This or that, red leather soles became the signature of his shoes. His collection now includes espadrilles, pumps, sandals and evening shoes with heels ranging from flat to skyscraper high. He also lunched a collection of handbags. Woman needs it, too, don't they? The prices of handbags are 700 dollars and up.

Who are Christian Louboutin's friends? Well, I don't know. It will be too much to expect that from me. But, I know for one. This is a creative, hmm... how I will describe it... Well, eccentric person, movie director David Lynch. After they met, some chemistry happened between the two of them (a business kind of chemistry) and they did the project called - Fetish. The project includes shoes, off course. This time Louboutin pushed the designers to limit. They made a 26 centimetres heels shoe, spikes on the inside and sole of the shoe, and Siamese heels shoe (two shoes fused at the heel). Leading idea was the shoes that will become a cult object. OK... The project is shown for the first time at Desig Art Show in London, and then in Paris.

Louboutin explains it like this: "For me the shoe and the picture together become very close to Twin Peaks." I didn't find any Linch's words (which is very strange), but when I read that Siamese shoe is the favourite to Louboutin, I'm scared what would Linch have to say. I suppose, those shoes with spikes on the inside. Uf...

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