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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Let Them Eat Models

As if there weren't enough tasty treats on the runway, Swedish photog Therese Aldgård and prop stylist Lisa Edsälv went and baked a bunch of cupcakes in designer style. It took them three days—and no, there aren't any left...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Camping Out

The man of the hour was surely smiling at the motley crew who assembled at the Chateau Marmont last night for the L.A. launch of The Stephen Sprouse Book (Rizzoli), by Mauricio and Roger Padilha. Only in L.A. could you get Courtney Love, Dita Von Teese, super-stylist Arianne Phillips, Tony Ward, Tatum O'Neal, original catwoman Julie Newmar, 70-something sex bomb Mamie Van Doren and the trantastic Holly Woodlawn in the same room.

Some moments: When asked by photogs if they could take her pic, Courtney Love shouted, "Fuck yeah! I'm skinny. Take it!" Later she went up to Phillipe Blond, who was wearing custom-made Christian (as in Louboutin) for Phillipe feather shoes, and said "Omigod, where did you get those?" "Christian made them for me." "You're a man girl!" And with that, she gave him a huge kiss....

Courtney Love & Arianne Phillips

Mamie Van Doren, Julie Newmar

Holly Woodlawn, Dita Von Teese

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


By Franklin Melendez...

It is a universal truth that Christian Louboutin's signature red soles have become the must-have heels of sole-less social creatures everywhere. From Lauren Davis to Blair Waldorf, nary a gossip girl around town would forego that extra skip in her step, courtesy of a crimson flash. But these are dire times—so dire that the line between fact and fiction is blurred. Take Gossip Girl's own economic meltdowns in season two. Money laundering? Bad investments? Phoney companies? Escapes from the FBI? The fate of the Archibalds could easily be ripped from real headlines.

Still, the master cobbler isn't letting a few Dow downturns tarnish his style. Take his new Manhattan showroom, engineered by glitzy studio 212box—which also design his stores—completed on an extreme budget. If "extreme budget" and Louboutin seem like an unlikely pairing, it goes to show that desperate times call for resourcefulness. With found and collected objects used for décor, from a collection of leaves gathered in Cairo to salvaged stained-glass panels from old JFK terminals, the space provides an eclectic setting for Louboutin's sumptuous offerings—a juxtaposition of high and low, rustic and charming. Like when Nate squats at his parent's foreclosed manse.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Q&A: Christian Louboutin

French footwear phenom Christian Louboutin was recently in New York to give a lecture at FIT about his creative process, inspirations, fetishes, designer collaborations (he famously created the sandals worn in Yves Saint Laurent's final show in 2002) and how he's built an empire in just 15 years. We tracked him down for some pearlettes of wisdom...

You're known for your red-sole trademark. What other trademarks do you have that we can't see?
Some technical secrets that have their basis in my background working with showgirls.

What's your lowest and your highest heel? Do you see them changing?
Ain’t no high heel high enough. The current range of heel heights is 1/2 - 6 inches, but one never knows.

How many hours does it take to make each pair of shoes?
The time can stretch from a day to a year. There is no rule.

Do you mind it when women refer to your shoes as Loubies?
Nicknames are often friendly, so I consider it a compliment.

We know an American heiress who wears only your shoes. Any idea how many clients like that you have?
I've never known.

When you see the Pope's red shoes, are you jealous? Could you design his shoes better?
Since I am not dreaming of designing men's shoes, then I am fine with it. Anyway, jealousy is generally a sin.

You were quoted in the NY Times as saying that parties have become like a business meeting. What was the last good party you went to?
The Rose Ball in Monaco a few weeks ago. It was in honor of Pedro Almodovar, and the whole Almodovar “family” was there, so it was a great, 100% fun party.

If we were to take you up on your MySpace invitation to "suivez-moi, jeune homme," exactly where would we end up? And what would be on our feet?
It depends on your legs, baby.

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