Louboutin will be recognized by the Haute Couture Council
From a small bottle of nail polish grew a fashion empire.
Designer Christian Louboutin said he was experimenting in his factory when he took his assistant's bottle of red lacquer to paint the usually black soles of his shoes and try some bright color.
The experiment worked, obviously. And now Louboutin's red-soled pumps, with sky-high heels and equally high prices, are "iconic as a symbol of erotic femininity," said Valerie Steele, director of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) museum. English), explaining why Louboutin was chosen as the person honored by the museum's Haute Couture Council.
The prestigious honor, presented each year at the start of New York Fashion Week in September, typically goes to a clothing designer, but Louboutin told The Associated Press this week that fashionistas have a relationship special with shoes, more than with clothes, or at least a different relationship.
There's another advantage to shoes, he added: the person wearing them can see them.
FIT's Steele says shoes have always been an important part of the museum's voluminous collection, which includes some 4,000 pairs "and counting."
Louboutin also designs men's shoes, but it's women's sneakers that have made him famous, especially heels (although he also designs flats). They range from hundreds of dollars a pair to thousands, depending on the trimmings. And celebrities love them 'I'm going to wear my Louboutins,' goes the chorus of a 2009 Jennifer Lopez song.
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Louboutin, 56, said his career began with his childhood hobby of drawing shoes.
He had designed for several years when he came up with the idea for the red sole in the early 1990s. A few weeks after the varnish experiment, he said, he was in a Paris store watching a couple consider a pair of shoes with the typical black soles. His co-worker noted that the man was "very handsome," Louboutin said, and watched as he turned a pair of shoes over to see the sole but there was nothing special. When the couple left, the partner told him that they should have put her phone on the sole. Louboutin took this experience as a sign "that the sole should have its own identity."
He thought about changing the color every season, but then he realized that red, the color of blood, was unique. "She had a lot of clients who only wore black but had red on their lips and on their nails."
Louboutin shoes are worn by fashionistas all over the world, first lady Melania Trump appears to be a fan and is often photographed wearing her Louboutins, such as a pair with super high heels she wore in Japan recently.
Louboutin says he enjoys seeing who wears his works and how they do it.
She added that even though celebrities are good for her business, her preference is to discover someone new who looks good in her shoes.
The Haute Couture Council luncheon will take place on September 4th and coincides with a new exhibition at the FIT museum 'Paris, Capital of Fashion', which will run from September 6th to January 4th.