Ah, Christian Louboutin. He just gets us. Now, an invitation for you to get to know the genius behind those ever-coveted red lacquered soles. Christan Louboutin by Christian Louboutin is 304 pages of leather bound, shoe-lover’s gold.
Confession: No, I haven’t actually read it, nor had the privilege to even hold it in my hands. Though, I’ll admit, the $150 price tag is beginning to seem like more and more of a bargain as my research forges onward. We’re talking a five-piece foldout binding, a pop-up(!), and never-before-seen photographs spanning the life and work of the most talented and respected shoe designer of our time (or ever? Yeah, ever).
In addition to all the bells and whistles, just listen to what these six chapters have to offer (paraphrased/pretty much copied from the publisher):
Chapter 1: Louboutin’s biography, complete with his early creations and influences illustrated with many never-before-seen photos from his personal archives.
Chapter 2: Features the Louboutin boutiques around the world, showcasing the varied and extravagant interior designs and displays.
Chapter 3: “20 years of design” highlights his shoe designs from over the years with all-new still-life photography, as well as editorial art.
Chapter 4: Features the spectacular interiors of Louboutin’s homes in Paris and Luxor, Egypt, and behind-the-scenes shots from his studios and workshops.
Chapter 5: Focuses on his creative collaborations with David Lynch, of a series called “Fetish,” of limited-edition shoes by Louboutin and limited-edition photos by Lynch.
Chapter 6: A complete catalogue raisonne of his work, with photos of all 120 shoe designs. (Did you catch that? Every shoe ever!)
“…So really, the shoe is just a pedastal of the whole body of the woman.” (The Late Late Show)
“Well, I have been designing for a lot of stars, I just do not like to name people. Because I sort of take myself very seriously, a little bit like, as a doctor, you know, because a shoe is a bit of an addiction. So as a good doctor, you have your professional secrets.” (Net-a-Porter)
My heart melts.
(Images courtesy of The Daily Beast & Yatzer; Info courtesy of Rizzoli & Amazon)