Shoe fanatics will be pleased to hear that Louboutins are to be celebrated in a full-on retrospective at the Design Museum in London next year. What with all the talk of the court case against YSL for the right to make shoes with the distinctive scarlet soles, verdict imminent, we are told - it’s about time we had a piece of good news on the brand.
Wow! We’re so excited we’re going to give you a round-up of facts about the man himself, by way of consolation that there are still quite a few months to wait until it actually materialises . . Here goes;
M. Louboutin with his super pals Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell
Rather than fashion school or formal qualifications, M. Louboutin learned his craft interning at the Paris cabaret Folies Bergère, which he started when he was only 16.
He still loves all things showgirl related, which is why he loves working with Dita Von Teese. It might surprise readers to know that Christian Louboutin is himself a highly skilled practitioner on the trapeze – and he likes to keep his hand in.
He hasn’t always been making shoes. There was a time when he took a breather from the world of fashion footwear and worked as a garden designer, before he launched his own business.
Some uber heels from this season's collection
Despite being so vertiginous that they are near impossible to walk in, and the fact that their price tags would turn the average shopper’s bank account the same colour as the soles themselves, they inspire true devotion in their fans. Apparently, there are 3,000 women who each own 500 pairs on the company's books, and one who owns more than 6,000 pairs. ‘I do know who she is, but I'm not allowed to say’ explained the designer. Blimey.
Strangest or most sensible of all (we can’t decide) is the following fact - In 2007, Louboutin collaborated with the film-maker David Lynch on an exhibition called Fetish, where Mr Lynch photographed the shoes in an erotic context. Ooh la la!
- Naomi Attwood