Ooh, what's this? Has Christian Louboutin hopped in his time machine to take his red-soled delights to those poor deprived ladies of yesteryear? No, sillies! This is the nifty work of photographer Peter Lippmann inspired by iconic paintings of the past (above is Whistler's Mother modeling the designer’s Tootsie bootie, par exemple) to showcase the new A/W'11 collection. What genius!
Each shot celebrates 'the power of femininity', embodying the spirit of the Christian Louboutin woman through various historic figures. Take this haughty regal looking Renaissance lady, for example, trussed up in bulging taffeta and with a golden spiked platform court perched on her knee. She makes the shoe look all the more majestic, no?
Meanwhile, the Artemis shoulder bag finds itself on the arm of Jean-Marc Nattier's rosy-cheeked muse, a historic Blake Lively if you will. We're hoping the tuft of feathers comes as part of the shoulder strap – they work wonderfully with all the leopard print.
And what better way to display your Loubs than on a bowl of fruit? That’s exactly what Francisco De Zurbaran’s Saint Dorothy is doing here as she carries the purple 8 Mignons sandal on a platter, making it a feast for the eye and the feet.
So we say bravo, Monsieur Louboutin - we’ve always said your accessories are timeless works of art (ha!).
- Jessica Vince