Hey remember Christian Louboutin opened up his magical brain to Grazia and said that he didn’t give a toss about his customers? You may recall that he told women to go jump if they found his platformed stilts uncomfortable.
Renowned for his red lacquered soles and 120mm minimum platforms, Christian said to ladies complaining about the fall-out of fashion fetish-wear:
I really have not so much sympathy…High heels are pleasure with pain! If you can’t walk in them, don’t wear them.
He also went so far as to call out the sobbing-with-pain wearers of the klunk as liars, citing Prince’s backing singers and Tina Turner who stand and dance on stage for three hours in them as evidence. How dare he bring The Nut Bush into this? Note that he didn’t call out one of his biggest brand endorsers, Victoria Backham, who TMI-ed us into a dark place with details of her bunions.
So Loubi launched a big fancy retropective exhibition of his 20 years making super gorgeous and sexy foot-ish wear at London’s Design Museum. The theme of the show is cabaret showgirl with whom he started his career and the centrepiece is fabulous hologram of burlesque star Dita Von Teese. After the fall-out in the media of ‘I don’t give a shit about my customers’-gate, and with a huge event and accompanying line to promote, Christian has backpedaled, a touch.
It turns out that he DOES care about his customers feet and you SHOULD wear them at all costs (financial and physical).
I am concerned with comfort. I know that it’s important but I don’t want to have this evoked in my design
Ah, so you do think about comfort but only if it doesn’t interfere with how the shoe looks.
My work is not about comfort but in the engineering of the shoes there’s something that makes them as comfortable as possible
‘As possible’. Translation: ‘You can wear them sitting down. Please go to my show.’
In a cunning stab at warming himself to the public he tried to sidle up to Kate Middleton.
I think she’s a style icon. She’s doing so well.
Talk about lick-arsing. In fairness to Loubi, he could do with the royal seal of approval, but he ain’t going to get it slagging women off, dubbing them liars and persistently engaging in freakshow cobbling. As for Kate, she’s made a diversion from LK Bennett to Jimmy Choo of recent (one small step for woman, one giant step for Kate-kind). His comment is tainted with bitterness that she hasn’t kissed his feet for having ideas and a pot of red paint.
I adore much of Loubi’s work. His fetish-showgirl-stripper creations are interesting to look at bChrisut, let’s face it, hiddy on the foot. He has so much to offer in terms of sass and elegance without going any further down the ‘pleasure is pain’ route. I hope that his partnership with Dita will bear fruit of the sexy-fabulous kind. There’s not an iota of chance that Von Teese would be seen dead in Victoria’s nude platform peep-toes.
As for Louboutin himself, I wonder about his ego and grip on reality. Who is to know if the Louboutin brand is at its peak? What goes up must come down, and I’m not just talking about the young ladies teetering on their €600-a-pop stilts.
The lack of appreciation and sympathy for the customer leads one to wonder, do designers really understand women? It’s difficult to tell if Christian is just a hard-core artist, or if he feels a sense of entitlement to a customer base, without having to be gracious or respectful. I have applauded his work until now but am left with a bad taste in my mouth at his attitude.
I am tempted to move my drooling over to Giuseppe Zanotti permanently and say of Christian, ‘F*ck him’. That Rupert Bear blazer is adorable though. I might give him another chance but his cards are marked (Christian, not Rupert).