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What a lot we discovered about Christian Louboutin last week! The legendary shoe designer arrived at the Design Museum, where an array of his wonderful footwear is on display to celebrate the brand's 20th anniversary, to be grilled by Grazia's very own style director Paula Reed. He looked immaculate wearing a sharp yellow jacket trimmed with black to match his dark trousers, which were topped off with a pair of silver-capped brogues.
So did you know Christian almost became a landscape gardener? Oh yes. And he first sketched the Pigalle heel aged just 13! In his dreamy French accent, he also dished on that red sole (it was originally inspired by scarlet nail varnish) and revealed that he has 'a thing for extremely arched feet.' Ooh la la! As for designing a high-street collection, the shoe master admitted that he had been approached but because quality is too important to his designs, he wouldn't consider taking it further. Oh boo, no Louby for H&M anytime soon then. And how about womenswear? Sadly, that's a no-go too. Monsieur Louboutin likes to stick to what he knows and that's shoes, shoes, shoes!
For more highlights from Christian and Paula's conversation, read on...
On his favourite Loubtouin-wearers:
"I like to see people who are survivors wearing my shoes. I am fascinated by people who can bounce back."
On where he designs his shoes:
"I sketch literally all the time, constructing a collection is like building a family, you have to have a certain balance. I isolate myself – I need to be concentrated for this so I leave Paris, I leave to a place without a phone."
On that red sole:
"Even if you don’t like colours, you will end up having something red. For everyone who doesn’t like colour, red is a symbol of a lot of culture. It has a different signification but never a bad one."
On a woman's silhouette:
"One thing I remember Roger Vivier told me which was taught to him by Monsieur Christian Dior, ‘a shoe is very important in a silhouette but one of the qualities of a shoe, it should be able to appear and disappear.’ First you look at the women then the detail. It should be really really well thought through and well designed."
On his on-going passion:
"I started my little adventure 20 years ago with the biggest enthusiasm possible! Twenty years after, I still work the same way with the same enthusiasm and the people I work with share this enthusiasm. That is what is the most important. What I’m trying to show is that it can be a lot of fun to do what you like to do."
On making it in fashion:
"You need to believe in yourself and what you do. Be tenacious and genuine."