That’s (Well Heeled) Entertainment. By Lottie Dight
Christian Louboutin is synonymous with celebrity. His red soles meet the red carpet at every award show going, and with fashionable patrons like Victoria Beckham and fashionable muses like Dita Von Teese, one could be forgiven for thinking that Monsieur Loubi’s only role in the entertainment world is a sartorial one.
Dig a little deeper though, and one will find that as much as Mr. Louboutin likes his shoes on the feet of the stars, he wants them to take center stage themselves. On the Louboutin website there is a whole section devoted to the films make by Louboutin starring or surrounding his beautiful creations.
On the site is his own mini-series called ‘Loubi’s Angels’; yes, it’s pretty much a Charlie’s Angels dynamic. Three girls being set up as crime-fighting secret agents while Mr. Louboutin in the anonymous patron and mission-giver. Except they don’t actually go and fight crime, but rather turn up to event’s looking well-heeled and pretty. It’s quite surreal and shows their evolution form just normal girls to classic Louboutin showgirls.
The films only really start to become ‘fashion’ films at around episode 4. Before then you’re left feeling a bit, “Um, what?” and the point of them isn’t exactly clear. Eventually though, you see the idea that Louboutin is trying to present; he transforms these normal, pretty girls into killer-heeled vixens. The mini-series if fun, glam and sexy, and is being shown at the design museum at the little cinema area at the back of the Louboutin exhibition.
It isn’t just this mini-series that has seen Louboutin’s directional hand. For the launch of this boutique in LA in 2009, Louboutin wen’t all Hollywood on our asses and created his own film to go with the launch. What better way to immerse yourself in Hollywood than to draw inspiration from on of the film world’s greatest contributors? With this in mind, Louboutin made his own version of the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, Called PsychoLogic featuring the classic Femme fatale figure that was mandatory in a Hitchcock creation.
These women embodied everything that Louboutin wants from his patrons: they were dangerous, beautiful and always immaculately put together, even when being stabbed in the shower. The film switches dramatically to technicolor halfway through putting us more in mind of a Marilyn Monroe number, with Louboutin’s heroin descending the stairs in a very ‘Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend‘ sort of manner. Only here, it’s shoes rather than diamonds. Also, they seem more then a best friend; they seem to be more of a love interest. Monroe was the ultimate showgirl and one of Hollywood’s greatest legacies, so it’s hardly surprising that he would draw influence from two of the most timeless names in film to launch his Hollywood boutique.
But it’s not just through the medium of film that Louboutin likes his shoes to take centre stage. In a documentary on the Louboutin website, he shows his shoes literally taking centre stage as he directs a performance at The Crazy Horse in Paris, where he was so inspired by the showgirls even before his career started. The performance embodies many of the same influences that inspire his designs, with dances inspired by Voodoo ceremonies to a shoe with ‘crazy’ written over the front in a contemporary graffiti style. It’s also a chance for him to show of off his sense of humor, with one of his heels ‘accidentally’ breaking during the performance. He joked about the reaction he expected his broken heel to elicit from the audience; “‘Of Course!’, they’ll say, ‘They are difficult enough to walk in, let alone dance!’”
The Cabaret performance is yet another aspect in the numerous celebrations of 20 years of Louboutin, and it seems that everything surrounding the brand has a film to go with it. On YouTube there is a short film documenting the making of the Louboutin book; a tome of beautiful images that turns his shoes and his muses into literal works of art. It’s not the first time that Louboutin has used art to inspire his images (remember the Peter Lippman shot Fall 2011 campaign?) but it’s fantastic to see that his subjects are so relaxed and unpretentious when getting involved with the project. One sitter joked “it’s like going for a mammogram!” as she was squashed, topless, against a screen, but I assure you that the image came out looking a lot more glamourous than she obviously felt!
As well as appearing in his own movies and on the rich and famous in real life, it’s not unusual to spot a Louboutin on the big screen too. Christina Aguilera wore a pair of his creations in the film Burlesque. When you think of a cinematic shoe, however, the most notorious shoe in the movies is undoubtedly Cinderella’s glass slipper. Louboutin has been asked by Disney to design a Cinderella shoe in celebration with the Disney films Diamond Edition DVD. More details are to be released in July, but it is an undoubtedly daunting task to create a wearable shoe that isn’t going to smash if someone accidentally steps on your foot. More important than questions of practicality though is this: will Cinderella’s shoes get the trademark red soles? Let’s hope so, otherwise she could just be wearing any old glass-slipper designer, which would be a shame, as part of the value of a Louboutin is that the world knows you are wearing them.