Christian Louboutin thanks ‘oracle’ Diane von Furstenberg as he accepts top fashion honour

Christian Louboutin thanked his “partner in crime” Diane von Furstenberg for her unwavering support as he accepted a top fashion honour from the Couture Council on Wednesday.The 56-year-old Frenchman was given the Couture Council Award for Artistry of …

Christian Louboutin thanked his “partner in crime” Diane von Furstenberg for her unwavering support as he accepted a top fashion honour from the Couture Council on Wednesday.

The 56-year-old Frenchman was given the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, which recognises his contributions to the fashion industry, in a ceremony at the Lincoln Center in New York.

In his emotional speech, Louboutin reflected on his career and thanked his longtime friend for her efforts in kickstarting his now-iconic footwear brand.

“She’s my godmother, she’s my sister, she’s my travel companion, she’s my oracle, she’s my partner in every crime,” he shared. “She has always been a radiant of support, emotionally and professionally.”

He recalled how he had even sold his first pair of shoes in America from Furstenberg’s office as he started out in fashion, and wanted to share the prestigious award with his friend of more than thirty years.

“I owe her so much, but more than that, I love her so much,” Louboutin gushed. “To me, this award is also a celebration of love and friendship, so I would like to share this award with her, my oldest friend, Diane von Furstenberg.”

The designer was introduced to the stage by his friend, actress Priyanka Chopra, who wore a pair of white Louboutin slingback shoes in honour of the Frenchman.

“These iconic shoes that women around the world have worn make… each one of us real women, everyday woman when we wear these shoes, when we own our first pair, we achieve such a sense of achievement, a sense of pride,” Chopra said. “It gives you the little extra oomph that you need.”

During his speech, Louboutin recalled how he first met the Quantico actress at a film festival in Morocco before she met her now-husband Nick Jonas, and the duo later met up in India, “where they got to share lots of great nights and dirty stories”.

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Britney Spears has never worn $6,000 Christian Louboutin snakeskin shoes

Britney Spears spent $6,000 (£4,900) on Christian Louboutin snakeskin shoes that she’s never worn.The 37-year-old performer shared a snap of the sky-high heels on Instagram on Thursday and told her followers that while she’s had them for a while, she’…

Britney Spears spent $6,000 (£4,900) on Christian Louboutin snakeskin shoes that she’s never worn.

The 37-year-old performer shared a snap of the sky-high heels on Instagram on Thursday and told her followers that while she’s had them for a while, she’s never got round to wearing them.

“Four years ago I bought my first pair of Christian Louboutin snakeskin heels that were 6,000 dollars… PS I’ve never worn them !!!!” she wrote, alongside two rolling eyes emojis.

Her followers urged her to auction them off for charity and expressed concern that she was spending huge amounts of money on frivolous things.

“Britney, I don (don’t) think u should be posting how much u pay for things (sic),” one wrote. “Yes u can afford it and that’s great but it might be a little insensitive to those that struggle each day.”

“If you wanted you could have fed the unprivileged with that money,” another commented, while one follower suggested: “Auction them off and donate the money to a non profit woman’s cause. They are beautiful and shouldn’t be kept in a box.”

The multi-coloured snakeskin pumps feature a platform base and were part of Louboutin’s fall 2019 collection titled Palace Nights, which was a homage to a Parisian nightclub in the 1980s nicknamed the Palace.

News of Britney’s splurge comes after it was revealed she’s worth more than $59 million (£49 million).

According to documents obtained by The Blast, she has increased her net worth by $2.5 million (£2 million), thanks to her Piece Of Me tour last year.

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Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II wear his shoes

Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II step out in a pair of his shoes one day.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled stilettos, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, incl…

Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II step out in a pair of his shoes one day.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled stilettos, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

However, Louboutin has now confessed that the one person he would truly be honoured to see sport his designs is Britain’s monarch.

“I would love to see the Queen of England in my shoes,” he told The Independent, before going on recall one occasion in which he briefly thought the 93-year-old was wearing a pair of Louboutins.

“She was stepping out of a car and you couldn’t see, but there was a red carpet there and because of that, there was a reflection and it looked like the sole of her shoe was red! So many people called me and said, ‘Oh my God, the Queen of England!'”

Louboutin soon realised The Queen was wearing her signature black mid-height heels, though the moment did give him quite the thrill.

Elsewhere in the chat, the Frenchman discussed how he came to create his popular line of ballet flats and high heels which complement a wide range of skin tones, as well as his enduring passion for the colour red.

“Red is fire, blood, love and passion,” the designer smiled. “It carries a symbolism that you don’t get with other shades.”

Among all of his various ventures, Louboutin is currently gearing up to showcase his vast shoe collection in a new exhibition in Paris. After funding a partial restoration of the Palais de la Porte Doree, he will take over more than 14,000 square foot of the Art Deco-inspired location in February 2020.

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Sarah Jessica Parker settles Sex and the City shoe mystery

Sarah Jessica Parker has finally settled the mystery over a pair of mismatched shoes her character Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City.In episode 13 of season three of the HBO show, which originally aired in September 2000, Carrie heads to Los Ang…

Sarah Jessica Parker has finally settled the mystery over a pair of mismatched shoes her character Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City.

In episode 13 of season three of the HBO show, which originally aired in September 2000, Carrie heads to Los Angeles with Miranda Hobbes, played by Cynthia Nixon, and Samantha Jones, portrayed by Kim Cattrall.

And in one scene, the column writer and lover of fashion wears a pair of mismatched Christian Louboutin shoes.

It’s an outfit choice that has baffled fans for years, and on Tuesday, the people who run popular Instagram account Every Outfit on Sex & the City posted a picture from the episode, and titled the post, “The Mystery of the Mismatched Loubs.”

“Did Carrie buy these mismatched sandals straight off the rack? Or did she purchase two separate pairs and mix them together herself? Unfortunately, we have no answers. But we do maintain that this is one of her most compelling footwear moments on the series,” they jokingly queried.

Fans and followers were left stunned when Sarah herself commented on the post, and finally gave the reason why Carrie wore the pink and blue mismatched strappy sandals.

“Here is the official answer and I’m sure approved by the great and legendary @patriciafield,” the 54-year-old wrote, tagging Sex and the City’s iconic costume designer.

“We had two pairs of what I believe are @louboutinworld scrappy sandals. Pat and I chose to do one of each. Perhaps because both were so delicious in colour and seemed in harmony with the dress but also because we simply loved doing one of each. Sending my best. And hope this is a satisfactory answer. Xxx,” Sarah concluded.

Patricia also chimed in on the post and praised the efforts of Every Outfit on Sex & The City for trying to get to the bottom of the shoe mystery.

“@sarahjessicaparker and I decided to use one of each because we could not choose which one was best and they were both perfect with the dress,” she shared.

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Samuel L. Jackson unconcerned by Spider-Man poster eyepatch error

Samuel L. Jackson is unconcerned by an eyepatch error in some Spider-Man: Far From Home posters.Earlier this week, the Marvel movies regular took to Instagram to share a side-by-side comparison of two separate posters featuring his character Nick Fury,…

Samuel L. Jackson is unconcerned by an eyepatch error in some Spider-Man: Far From Home posters.

Earlier this week, the Marvel movies regular took to Instagram to share a side-by-side comparison of two separate posters featuring his character Nick Fury, in which his signature eyepatch appears on different eyes.

Jackson captioned the images: “Uhhhhhhh, What In The Actual F**K IS GOING ON HERE???!!!,” suggesting “#headsgonroll.”

However, when speaking to reporters from USA Today at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday, he insisted the social media post was made in jest.

“I was like: ‘I haven’t posted anything today, I’ll post this.’ That’s it,” he shared.

Reflecting that fans probably misinterpreted the post because of his use of expletives, he added: “I use that word (f**k) a lot. Always.”

All of the Spider-Man: Far From Home cast turned up for the debut screening, including Tom Holland, who plays the lead role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/ Mysterio, and Zendaya in the part of Michelle “MJ” Jones. While all of the stars got dressed up for the night, it was Zendaya who captured the attention of photographers, with the 22-year-old rocking a red and black sequin backless gown from Armani Prive. She opted to accessorise with black stilettos from Christian Louboutin and had her freshly dyed dark red locks styled straight.

“If she was Spider-Man this would be her suit….. wearing Armani Prive @armani and @louboutinworld,” Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach wrote alongside a snap of the actress posing on the red carpet.

Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also features Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Marisa Tomei, is set to hit cinemas on 2 July.

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Christian Louboutin to showcase huge shoe collection in Paris museum

Christian Louboutin is to showcase his vast shoe collection in a new exhibition in Paris.After funding a partial restoration of the Palais de la Porte Doree, the French designer will take over more than 14,000 square foot of the Art Deco-inspired locat…

Christian Louboutin is to showcase his vast shoe collection in a new exhibition in Paris.

After funding a partial restoration of the Palais de la Porte Doree, the French designer will take over more than 14,000 square foot of the Art Deco-inspired location in February 2020.

“It’s an open window to my brain,” he told WWD of the showcase, which will include more than 200 pairs of shoes alongside an eclectic mix of furnishings and art installations.

“The heel is back in the museum in full force, only it’s not only an exhibition of high heels. We have flat shoes, too,” Louboutin shared, referencing the historical monument’s previous ban on high heels.

One of his earliest shoe designs was a pump in metallic leather inspired by the iridescent fish in the tank at the Palais de la Porte Doree.

“Some of the first influencers were fish,” the fashion star quipped.

Also included in the exhibition are a pair of boots made out of bark that date back to 1987.

Another exhibition, dubbed a treasure room, will run alongside Louboutin’s shoe showcase, and will include a variety of unique objects and artworks collected by the Frenchman.

On show will be shoes that once belonged to Mae West, jewellery by Dior’s Victoire de Castellane, plus artworks by Pierre Molinier and Andy Warhol.

Curator Olivier Gabet wants the exhibition to showcase the iconic shoe designer’s “deep, very original relationship,” with the decorative arts and expects it to be very popular with the French public and tourists.

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Christian Louboutin to be honoured with top couture prize

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B…

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

Now, Louboutin will be honoured by officials at The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) with the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

“To be recognised by The Museum at FIT’s esteemed Couture Council is a great honour,” the 56-year-old said in a statement. “While my designs have roots in Paris, I feel very lucky to have access to some of the most specialised craftsmanship in the world; that has allowed me to push my creative boundaries and celebrate inclusivity and self-empowerment through cultural exchange.”

Louboutin will be presented with the award during a luncheon held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Centre in New York City on 3 September.

The fashion star was selected for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by an advisory committee which was chaired by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT, and included the likes of Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large of Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, and Vogue’s Suzy Menkes.

“Sigmund Freud famously asked: ‘What do women want?'” commented Dr. Steele. “For many women, the answer would appear to be shoes, especially beautiful, high-heeled shoes, and specifically, Christian Louboutin’s famously seductive red-soled shoes. Because of his delightfully desirable and distinctive shoes, Christian Louboutin was chosen to receive the 2019 Couture Council Award.”

This year’s Couture Council luncheon coincides with MFIT’s Paris, Capital of Fashion exhibition.

Previous recipients of the Couture Council Award include Narciso Rodriguez, Thom Browne, Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Dries Van Noten, and Alber Elbaz.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Veep outfits to go under the hammer

Outfits worn by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her hit TV show Veep are set to go up for auction.The HBO political satire came to an end on Sunday after seven seasons, and now fans can bid on the wardrobe of fictional U.S. President Selina Meyer. The collecti…

Outfits worn by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her hit TV show Veep are set to go up for auction.

The HBO political satire came to an end on Sunday after seven seasons, and now fans can bid on the wardrobe of fictional U.S. President Selina Meyer.

The collection features her iconic red dresses, handbags and shoes designed by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

Outfits worn by other cast members are also going under the hammer, with prices slashed by up to 70 percent in the auction on Screenbid.com.

And while Julia’s character has changed over the course of seven seasons, her style has not.

“I feel like the real world is trying to catch up with Veep,” costume designer Kathleen Felix-Hager explained, according to WWD. “But people have been more inspired in the real world to be braver in choice of colour, and that’s been nice to see. If you can express yourself in a fun way and don’t feel like you have to blend in, it’s a step in the right direction.”

Although the auction includes more than 1,000 items, there is one piece of Veep memorabilia mysteriously missing from the auction – Selina’s signature Celine Edge bag.

“Miss JLD has that in her possession,” Kathleen confessed. “There were some things special to her, so she took a small assortment for her personal memories.”

Jeffrey Dash, chief executive officer of Screenbid, said in a statement he was “excited” for the collection to finally be available to fans of the show.

The online auction concludes on 1 June, and an official Studio Certificate of Authenticity will be provided by HBO for all items sold.

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Mica Arganaraz is the new face of Christian Louboutin Beauty

Argentine model Mica Arganaraz has been named as Christian Louboutin Beauty’s new global brand ambassador.The catwalk star has walked for some of the biggest names in the business, including Tom Ford, Christian Dior, and Chanel, as well as posing in ca…

Argentine model Mica Arganaraz has been named as Christian Louboutin Beauty’s new global brand ambassador.

The catwalk star has walked for some of the biggest names in the business, including Tom Ford, Christian Dior, and Chanel, as well as posing in campaigns for the likes of Gucci and Alexander McQueen.

She can now add beauty ambassador to her impressive resume, after being tapped by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s cosmetics brand.

“Mica possesses a very unique and intriguing kind of beauty. She’s modern, she’s creative, she’s tomboyish yet feminine… There are so many facets to Mica that make her the perfect global brand ambassador for Christian Louboutin Beauty,” Louboutin said in a statement.

Sharing the news on her Instagram page, along with campaign footage, the 26-year-old said she was honoured by the appointment.

“This new adventure allows me to encourage other women to find what makes them feel beautiful and share it with the world,” she added. “Red. Always. #LouboutinBeauty.”

The official Christian Louboutin Beauty account also uploaded a post welcoming their newest recruit.

“Christian Louboutin Beauty proudly reveals its new global brand ambassador, @Micarganaraz… Meet the many facets of Mica that make her the perfect incarnation of Christian Louboutin Beauty.

#LouboutinBeauty #ChristianLouboutin,” they wrote.

Louboutin, who’s famous for his red-soled shoes, launched his beauty brand in 2014, two years after he partnered with Batallure Beauty on a range of nail lacquers. He has since extended the line with lipsticks and perfumes.

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Christian Louboutin names Isamaya Ffrench as global make-up artist

Christian Louboutin has selected Isamaya Ffrench to be the new global make-up artist for his beauty brand.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe,…

Christian Louboutin has selected Isamaya Ffrench to be the new global make-up artist for his beauty brand.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

In recent years, Louboutin has expanded his brand to include Christian Louboutin Beauty, with the cosmetics line comprised of perfumes, lipsticks, and nail polishes, and he has now named Ffrench has his top make-up artist and creative collaborator.

“As a creator herself, she has something powerful to express. Isamaya is at once witty and serious, understated and dramatic, colourful and lively,” said Louboutin in a statement. “She perfectly understands Christian Louboutin Beauty and the world is going to be amazed at how she brings our beauty collections to life.”

Previously, Ffrench has worked on beauty looks for publications such as British Vogue, i-D, and Dazed magazine, as well as with top photographers and models.

In her new role, she will be tasked with interpreting Louboutin’s vision for the category, and will be involved in the brand’s product development and creative representations, including new campaigns and beauty looks.

“Personally, I find Christian Louboutin very inspiring. When I first met him, I felt very drawn to his way of speaking about women and beauty. Individuality, intelligence and integrity are at the heart of his aesthetic,” the make-up expert commented. “Christian Louboutin Beauty incorporates all of that in a bold, playful and colourful way. I can’t wait to bring this out in our work together.”

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