Designer Dish. Shoe Crimes Against Christian Louboutin & His Biggest Celeb Fan

April 1, 2010 • Fashion

Christian Louboutin (right) with author Danielle Steel

As it turns out, not everyone loves their Christian Louboutins for the signature red heel. I know, I was shocked to hear it too! But not just anyone can get away with it— it takes quite the established couture connoisseur to change the artistry on a pair of Loubs and one such name has come forth and admitted he had done the deed. Alber Elbaz, the genius behind the house of Lanvin, told WWD he had indeed painted the bright red soles of Louboutins black! In a runway show early in his career, Elbaz claimed the red sole was "too strong" for his collection and decided to conceal the striking feature with black paint. An injustice of the greatest sort. Luckily, Elbaz knew he had made an error, calling the act "a great mistake! He almost killed me." Let's hope another Louboutin fan, Martha Stewart, has also learned her lesson since actually boasting of coloring the red soles black with a (ugh) Sharpie back in 2008. Who does that?!!

At least someone acknowledges the designer's artistry for what it's worth. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Louboutin mentioned that in 2009, the year when just about every luxury brand either posted losses or collapsed altogether, his company actually grew by double digits. The possible reason? Danielle Steel. Louboutin mentioned the best-selling author is his superstar customer, claiming Steel owns more than 6,000 pairs! “She comes to Paris, and she literally buys everything," the designer said.
"Then she flies back to New York and I’m a little disappointed —
there’s nothing in the store…..she is super." Super! Like she's doing him a big favor for walking out with dozens of his gorgeous shoes! The rest of us will just have to keep up the dream….

Article Source: WWD
Photo Source: NY Mag
-Alia Rajput

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