Amid the merriment of Paris Fashion Week, what could be better than a touch of Christian Louboutin sparkle? Nope, we’re talking talk about our glittery heels – we are, in fact, referring to the shoe designer’s show at the Crazy Horse cabaret, which opens in the French capital today. Not only has Monsieur Louboutin lent his talents to everything from the choreography to the set design, but he’s created the oh-so-fabulous footwear too. We’ve heard tales of spooky silver half-shoes and gigantic spiked heels that polish off Mark Fast’s barely-there beaded costumes.
To celebrate the naughty Pariesienne cabaret, the shoemaker extraordinaire spoke to WWD about all things footwear, from dressing dancers’ feet to his first ever shoe. But he reveals his worst nightmare is a (whisper it) breaking heel. In fact, his high heel horror almost became a reality...
Tina Turner performs at Madison Square Garden in December 2008
‘I remember doing shoes for Tina Turner and bringing them to Madison Square Garden for her show, and when the show opened all I could see was scaffolding on the stage, and I thought, Oh, my god, she’s going to climb on the scaffolding and jump from the scaffolding. I was paralyzed; I couldn’t enjoy the show as I was so worried about her breaking her neck.’ Yikes, talk about skyscraper heels!
Luckily, Tina was just fine – and the shoemaker has turned the moment into a genius part of the show. ‘I thought with this tableau it would be funny to go, “claaak,” and then the shoe breaks, and everybody will be there thinking, “Oh, my god, he must be feeling awful,” and then they all break, and it becomes part of the choreography.’
Oooh, we're itching to see it, Louby!