Christian Louboutin to Design Cinderella’s Glass Slippers!
Jessica Simpson Accused of Knocking Off Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin is putting his magic touch on Cinderella’s glass slippers! The French designer was commissioned by Disney to create his own version of the iconic shoes for the classic cartoon’s DVD re-launch this summer, WWD reports. “I have been so lucky to have crossed paths with Cinderella, an icon who is so emblematic to the shoe world as well as the dream world,” he said. The slippers won’t be revealed until July.
Wondering if it’ll look like Marc Jacobs Transparent Pump, $595, available at La Garconne. Below
Christian Louboutin Collaborated with David Lynch and John Malkovich on His First Book, Out Next Month
One of Jessica Simpson’s latest shoe designs, a hot-pink sandal called “Evangela,” was recently pictured along with her cover story in Elle’s April issue. As you can see, it bears a very strong resemblance to Louboutin’s “Staratata” shoe, which sold out after it was released in 2010. (The Staratata retailed for $995, while Simpson’s version costs $98.)
Christian Louboutin, one of the world’s most celebrated shoe designers, has completed his first book and it promises to be be more than just pretty pictures of stilettos. While his name may be more closely associated with red-soled Hollywood starlets than anything else, the man is truly an artist who is passionate about and dedicated to his craft. So perhaps that’s why people like John Malkovich and David Lynch have signed on as collaborators.
Christian Louboutin [Rizzoli] is like a biography, retrospective and photography book all rolled into one. Following a foreword by legendary actor/producer John Malkovich, there will be one chapter devoted to his biography, including his work for Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent and never-before-seen personal photos; one chapter focusing on the interiors of his boutiques around the world; one chapter devoted to his “20 years of design” including still life portraits and editorials; one chapter with shots of his homes in Paris and Egypt and his studios and workshops; and one chapter devoted to his collaboration with filmmaker David Lynch called “Fetish,” a series of photographs of Louboutin’s limited-edition fetish shoes, which have been shown in galleries but never published in a book.
The final of the six chapters will be a complete catalogue of Louboutin’s work, according to Barnes & Noble‘s overview.
Christian Louboutin Lost His Case Against Yves Saint Laurent’s Red Soles
Christian Louboutin to Open Stores in China Next Year
Judge Victor Marrero has ruled to deny Christian Louboutin’s request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent YSL from selling the red-soled shoes from its 2011 resort collection.
Christian Louboutin Sued Yves Saint Laurent Over Some Red Shoes
One of the best known luxury shoe brands Christian Louboutin will be opening at least two stores in China by the end of 2011. The French brand has plans of opening at least five stores in China over next three years and intends to expand business in India and Brazil too. This clearly indicates the shift in marketing strategy of luxury brands. They are now shifting focus to growing economies in Asia and South America where household incomes are rising and there is an increased trend of luxury spending. On the other hand luxury high end markets in America and Europe have been adversely affected by recession.
One just has to wait and see whether these high end exclusive luxury brands will have buyers in Asia. A pair of Christian Louboutin costs at least $2000 and it has Angelina Jolie and other Hollywood big names on its client list. More over people in China or India may not like high heeled shoes for which the brand is renowned. It has to create new styles and range of shoes for its clientele in Asia.
In competitive world, it is good news indeed that brands are now open to ideas of exploring new shores. Christian Louboutin first store in China will open in Beijing in July 2011 and next one will be Shanghai. High end luxury buyers in these places will not have to fly out to other countries in search of brands, brands will be coming to their nation to cater to their needs.
Yves Saint Laurent has made some red pumps with matching red soles. Christian Louboutin, in a fierce display of red-sole entitlement, is suing YSL for this. The Telegraph explains:
Yves Saint Laurent’s spring 2011 collection features a pair of red suede shoes with matching red soles, which have prompted Louboutin to file court papers in New York suing them. The collection also features purple shoes with purple soles, navy with navy soles and green with green soles, but it’s the red soles that have sparked the legal action.
The spring collection is not the first time YSL has made red shoes with matching red soles (the pumps pictured are from a past season collection and currently available on Bluefly). Louboutin’s legal team argues in court papers: “The defendants use of red footwear outsoles that are virtually identical to plaintiff’s Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing footwear.” Do these shoes really confuse you? YSL’s platform pumps are pretty distinctive in the shape and contour of the sole and heel, hue of the back of the shoe aside. Maybe the question is: Are the number of people who know what a Loub is that much greater than the number of people who can spot a YSL Tribute pump?