Footwear Maestros Step Up at Couture

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Sandals from Diego Dolcini for Baccarat.

PARIS — Gilded heritage names that have been making elaborate ball gowns since the last century are not the only houses to claim places in the creative pantheon during the couture. Jewelers also made their bid and, now, two footwear names have joined the fray.

Diego Dolcini, the head footwear designer for Balmain, has masterminded shoes for some of the biggest brands in fashion (Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana) — not to mention for stars such as Madonna (like the thigh-high black boots balanced on a rearing panther for a 2013 Harper’s Bazaar shoot) and Rihanna, and has also run a namesake line since 1993. Still, he has been largely an insider’s secret.

This week in Paris, to celebrate his 25th anniversary in the business, the affable Italian decided to step out from behind the velvet curtain and team up with the luxury glassmaker Baccarat to create a collection of 15 limited-edition shoes with couture-worthy dazzle and savoir-faire. Named after famous Frenchwomen — Catherine (Deneuve), Brigitte (Bardot) and Lou (Doillon) — the shoes all share one signature: a sky-high crystal heel, which comes in two lengths and in three designs inspired by the stems of Baccarat’s champagne flutes, its Zenith chandelier and crystal balls.

“When the house first came to me with the idea, we knew it would be very challenging,” Mr. Dolcini said. “It took six months of research and development to find the perfect balance and the right amount of pressure on the heel.”

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Black matte alligator pump with hand-sculpted wood spikes from Christian Louboutin.

Each heel — attached to, say, a strappy sandal with a rich red satin ribbon, or a black mesh ankle boot with a deep purple toe cap — is strengthened by an internal steel stem that takes the wearer’s full weight, a painstaking craftsmanship process that means the shoes are as much a feat of engineering as they are of design.

“Pieces like these make you think in a whole new way about footwear and how to take it to new heights,” Mr. Dolcini said, no pun intended. “What’s more, there are women who want shoes like this, that are things of real beauty and that no one else has. Especially during Paris couture.”

This was a sentiment echoed by Christian Louboutin Outlet, founder of one of the world’s best-known luxury replica shoe brands, who also debuted a collection of made-to-order styles (Beyoncé is wearing Louboutins as part of her stage wardrobe for her current world tour). Imagine black matte alligator pumps with gold-plated wooden spikes shooting out from the heel, and knee-high white quilted sneakers with metal soles, and you’ll get the idea.

“There is a great deal of attention paid to runway couture and haute joaillerie, but I wanted to highlight the fact that there are many artisans in my workshops who are also able to make pieces that aren’t mass produced, and of the most exquisite quality,” he said.

“It’s a different way of thinking and creating, it expands the imagination,” Mr. Louboutin added. “That’s what all bespoke fashion should be able to do.”

Christian Louboutin wins ECJ ruling over red-soled shoes

Decision against Dutch firm is key victory for brand in long-running trademark battle

Christian Louboutin has won a key legal case in a long-running battle to protect its signature red soles from copycats.

On Tuesday, the European court of justice (ECJ) ruled vanHaren, a Dutch company, had infringed the brand’s trademark by selling a range of red-soled shoes.

Louboutin, whose shoes start at £500 for a classic black court, are staple footwear for the world’s most famous women, with celebrities ranging from Kendall Jenner and Rihanna to Melania Trump seen wearing his skyscraper heels.

The eponymous brand’s scarlet soles date back to 1992, when the fashion designer painted a sole red with nail varnish borrowed from an assistant.

The legal case centred on European trademark law that forbids the registration of shapes where they add substantial value to goods.

In February, Louboutin appeared to suffer a setback when the ECJ advocate general Maciej Szpunar said the combination of a colour and shape could be refused trademark protection.

But in the ruling on Tuesday, the court noted Louboutin was not seeking to protect the shape of a shoe, merely the application of a colour to a specific part of it.

Elaine O’Hare, an intellectual property specialist at the law firm Stevens & Bolton, said: “The ECJ has not followed the recent recommendation of the advocate general and has instead ruled that Louboutin’s red soles can in fact be protected as a trademark.

“The case will now go back before the Dutch court, but it seems likely that Louboutin will be allowed to develop a monopoly for red-soled high-heeled shoes.”

In a statement, Louboutin said: “For 26 years, the red sole has enabled the public to attribute the origin of the shoe to its creator, Cheap Christian Louboutin.

“This case will now be referred back to The Hague court, which is expected to confirm the validity of the red sole trademark.”

Melania Trump Wore Christian Louboutin Heels 6 Times This Week

While Melania Trump’s outfit choices wildly vary from over-the-top formal to (sometimes controversial) casual, there’s one accessory that she’s been steadfastly loyal to since Inauguration Day: her Christian Louboutin pumps. And more photos have emerged to further back that up. It’s been less than a week into her European tour (which in addition to Belgium and London will also include stops in Scotland and Finland), and the first lady has worn her beloved red-sole shoes a whopping total of six times.

She kicked off her Louboutin streak on the day of her departure: July 10. She was snapped in a fairly minimalist look featuring a red Ralph Lauren sweater and a beige A-line Martin Grant midiskirt, but she added a dose of playfulness with a pair of patterned Louboutin So Kate pumps — a marked departure compared with her usual assortment of solid-colored shoes. Priced at $795, the shoes are made from clear PVC that reveal a collage of Loubi Kraft pattern consisting of red, tan and white paper — a look that that resembles the house’s shoeboxes.

Have you seen these cheap Christian Louboutin baby shoes?

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As part of its exclusive collaboration with Christian Louboutin outlet, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, Goop, got the replica red-soled shoe designer to design his very first baby shoe!

Set to launch on Nov. 16, the limited-edition “Loubibaby” features adorable and chic designs that feature Louboutin’s signature red sole. The replica baby shoe comes in both pink and blue satin versions, as well as a gold Nappa Laminato version. Priced at $250, the cute baby shoes will be sold at Goop.com.

According to the lifestyle website, the collaboration was born from the long-time friendship Paltrow and Louboutin, and that the capsule collections, including one for women, is a synthesis of their respective aesthetics.

8 replica Shoes Collaborations That Rocked New York Fashion Week

Christian Louboutin outlet uk revealed five New York Fashion Week collaborations, starting with Novis’ spring ’18 presentation. The custom-made replica shoes were a standout in colorful velvet and unique silhouettes.

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Novis designer Jordana Warmflash chose to customize three new shoe styles from Louboutin’s spring ’18 collection, which included open-toe mules and a slip-on sandal. Each shoe was uniquely constructed to enhance the Novis collection’s jungle-inspired botanical prints and color palate. To top it off, Louboutin Beauty provided perfectly polished manicures to complete the looks

Jean-Michel Cazabat

Jean-Michel Cazabat created his first styles for Julianna Bass’ show this week, a mid-heel mule and a capped-toe pump. “For the Mule, it was more a silhouette of construction — ’80s with an upper cut that is very ’70s,” said the designer who is known for the architectural, yet comfortable build of his fake shoes. “I was inspired by the traditional Wooden Clog from Denmark and the way it has been adopted and adapted by communities around the world.” When it came to the pump, which was in line with many other capped-toe styles seen this season at New York Fashion Week, he noted it’s also very ’80s, as it was dreamt up from the movie,“The Eyes of Laura Mars” with Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones.

Tanya Taylor

New York-based designer Tanya Taylor stuck to her roots of femininity and expressive prints for her spring ’18 collection, deciding to partner with designer Andrea Gomez for the line’s replica shoes. “For spring we wanted cheap shoes that felt sophisticated, feminine and fun, “ explained Taylor of the collaboration.

Gomez played off of the rainbow color palette from Taylor’s apparel pieces, presenting an array of color-blocked sandals, across both flats and heels for spring ’18. “Collaborating with Tanya was such a pleasure! We found a lot of common ground between our brand aesthetics! We both have a deep appreciation for art, color, feminine silhouettes and quality, so it was a natural fit. Tanya and I both love combining colors in unexpected ways and our Bea, Essie and Bettina styles allowed for us to really have fun mixing colors,” said the shoe designer of the partnership.

Taylor added, “I was impressed by the worksmanship and classic femininity of the shapes Andrea offers. She and I identified styles and developed suede color ways that complimented the collection’s geometric shapes and raw natural colors.”

Jonathan Simkhai

Reebok Classic had its iconic Freestyle High sneakers reimagined by New York-based designer Jonathan Simkhai, which were featured prominently throughout his spring ’18 NYFW showcase on Sept. 9 at Skylight Clarkson Square. The line boasts the designer’s signature fabric selection, which includes blue seersucker, indigo denim, white leather, powder pink leather and more. “I have always admired Reebok’s commitment to crafting quality styles that cater to the many demands in a woman’s life, which parallels my own design philosophy,” said Simkhai.

Baja East

California-based ready-to-wear brand Baja East teamed up with Brazil’s Melissa brand to create four shoe styles for its spring ’18 runway show (held at the Galeria Melissa flagship in Soho). The looks included a pool slide, flat sandal, heeled mule and chukka boot. Baja East designer John Targon said in a statement, “Right away we were awed by the caliber of [Melissa’s] innovation over several decades. As a company, their approach to design is so complementary to our spirit and how we play with fashion.” The shoes outlet are available now in the Galeria Melissa stores in New York, London and Sao Paulo, for $105 to $150.

Dear Frances

British luxury footwear label Dear Frances teamed up with Beaufille for the brand’s spring ’18 ready-to-wear presentation.  Dear Frances provided multiple styles for the NYFW event, including the brand’s Spirit boots, Lounge loafers and its Jen and Bare slides.

Anna Sui

The footwear on the Anna Sui runway was a conversation starter, even before model Gigi Hadid suffered a slight footwear malfunction on the catwalk. Sui showed a series of boho and Western-inspired sandals and boots, created in partnership with the Bed Stu brand, known for its artisan approach to shoe-making. Among the standout looks were a hand-tooled tall boot and a platform sandal featuring garden-themed appliques.

Marcel Ostertag

German ready-to-wear designer Marcel Ostertag turned his runway into a disco at New York Fashion Week to celebrate the ideas of freedom and indulgence. And his spring ’18 footwear styles — a collaboration with fellow German label Tamaris — supported the 1970s vibe. There were plenty of chunky heels and platform sandals, plus groovy glittery ankle boots that could’ve walked straight out of Studio 54.

Christian Louboutin replica shoes on Why Tough Times Call for Extraordinary Shoes

The designer, who got his start creating replica shoes for showgirls, has built an empire that grew by double digits last year, now including categories such as men’s and women’s shoes, replica handbags and beauty — but after all these years, he still views his business as a passion project.

A day after the shoot, the Frenchman appeared relatively unfazed by the major milestone he celebrates this year, as he sat outside his villa at the Chateau Marmont, along with his 2-year-old twins. “Two is really a super-nice age. They’re playful,” Louboutin said. “They’re completely different. The only thing that they have in common is that they’re always in good disposition.”

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Reflecting on his long career, Louboutin attributed much of his success to doing things his own way. (The company is still privately owned, and the designer said there are no plans to sell.)

“Things have been growing very organically and have not been pushed,” Louboutin said. “We’ve gradually opened more stores. Categories have been added little by little. I took my time to do what I actually wanted to do.”

Retailers acknowledged the label’s fiercely devoted fan base, and its ability to maintain relevance in a saturated market. “Christian possesses a very high level of curiosity, which is matched with a natural intuition,” said Peter Harris, president of Pedder Group. “He is very connected to popular culture, technology, music, art and film, which influences enormously his design story, keeping his work always within the context of ‘now.’”

Marina Larroude, fashion director for Barneys New York, added that Louboutin continues to be one of the retailer’s best-selling brands, for both men and women. “replica Louboutin clients keep coming back for more,” she said. “They are like a collector’s item. Customers want the pump in various colors, as well as his novelty pieces. His fake shoes don’t go out of style after a season. They are an investment piece.”

Indeed, it’s impressive that Louboutin has managed to stay on top for so long since his popularity surged during the early 2000s (thanks to many mentions by Carrie Bradshaw on “Sex and the City”).

His aesthetic is also on full display in his retail stores, and this month, he is reopening a boutique in Miami’s thriving Design District. “In the middle of a luxurious concrete jungle, I’ve built a little hut,” Louboutin outlet said. He also debuted the new Mexicaba bag in collaboration with Taller Maya, a foundation supporting the traditional craftsmanship of Mayan artists (10 percent of the proceeds will go to the organization).

Though many luxury brands’ sales have stalled, Louboutin said his customers continue to have a healthy appetite for his collection. And amid political turmoil, he said innovative design is needed more than ever before.

“When times are tough and you’re in a year where there are wars or problems, fashion gets more important,” the designer said. “The more things are morose, the more you need excitement. A shoe is protection against morosity.”

That has been Louboutin’s mantra since the beginning. Born in Paris in the 1960s, he had an upbringing that was anything but gloomy. The designer grew up in the city’s glitzy cabaret scene, where he began working in the dressing rooms at the Folies Bergère at 16 years old. (He still contributes shoes to venues like Le Crazy Horse.)

“I’ve been learning since I was a teenager,” said Louboutin, who worked for Charles Jourdan, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, and founded his label in 1992. Now, even after a steady journey to the top, Louboutin insists the company’s growth has happened largely by chance.

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“For me, [designing shoes] was my way to express myself, but I didn’t think of it as a business concept,” he said. “A lot of people study how I used the red sole as a trademark, but I never thought about it. I’ve been studied almost like a mechanical character when, in reality, there is no mechanism in my story.”

Today, his background in theatrics and showmanship is still present in his designs. For fall ’17, for example, Louboutin certainly didn’t play it safe. “There are a lot of shapes and a lot of printed textures,” he said.

His latest collection includes new women’s showstoppers such as crystal-covered platforms, pumps with magenta fur accents and booties that, for a touch of humor, double as bags.

Each season, the designer’s sketching process takes about two weeks. “I wake up, have breakfast, and then I start drawing,” Louboutin said. “Then I have lunch and do more sketching. When it’s hours of drawing, you can do a lot of them.”

A few weeks later, he moves into full-on production mode, where he travels to Italy to refine the new season’s lasts and finishes. “I start to change them, look at the proportions,” Louboutin said. “And then I see what’s missing in the collection — not enough flats, too many pointy [toes].”

For fall, Louboutin was particularly struck by the idea of gender fluidity. “A lot of the men’s shoes outlet I’ve designed, I’ve also been doing them for women,” he said. For instance, the women’s collection includes laceups and loafers that are built from his men’s lasts. As for the men’s collection, he offered daring new Cuban-heeled boots, some covered entirely in sequins.

For the past several years, men’s has been a major new focus. (It launched in 2005 and now makes up 20 percent of his business, and is increasing by double digits each year.)

He’s particularly found success in the sneaker realm. “At the very beginning, I was doing [sneakers] thinking it was a very small percentage of people who will like it,” said Louboutin. “But actually, it’s much more than expected.”

Reese Witherspoon Re-Wears replica Christian Louboutin Colankle Sandal

Reese Witherspoon dressed to impress at the premiere for her new movie “Home Again” in L.A. on Tuesday evening. She wore the same Christian Louboutin outlet uk Colankle sandals she had worn to the premiere of the same rom-com in East Hampton, N.Y., last week, and brought a new, sophisticated touch to the look by pairing the replica shoes with a different dress.

Standing on a nearly 4-inch heel, the Colankle sandal is crafted in polished black leather and finished with asymmetric cross straps. Its ruffling detail creates a collar for the ankle, bringing an elegant flair to this fake shoe. The Colankle retails for $1,045.

replica shoesFor the L.A. premiere, Witherspoon opted for a red Roland Mouret dress with a curve-hugging form. Its intricate strap detailing at the top perfectly mimics the straps on the replica Louboutin heels, as if the two pieces were made for each other.

Joining Witherspoon on the red carpet, the star’s daughter Ava Phillippe also went for a strap sandal in black, hers with a bow detail at the ankle strap. It’s clear that the 17-year-old takes after her mother in the styling department — her dress of choice was also in Witherspoon’s style, as its black-and-white design evokes the scheme of the dress Witherspoon wore to last week’s “Home Again” premiere.

Witherspoon recreates her role as a mother in “Home Again,” as she plays a single mother who shakes things up by allowing three young men to move into her guesthouse. The film hits theaters on Sept. 8.

How Saks Fifth Avenue’s 10022- Replica Shoe Mecca Changed Shopping

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“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Tracy Margolies, Saks Fifth Avenue’s chief merchant, said while sitting among designer relica shoes at the retailer’s flagship location in New York.  Ten years ago this week, Saks introduced its colossal 10022-Shoe mecca. “We were here the night before, until all hours of the night, setting up the floor,” she said. “It was a big move.”  So big that it deserved its own ZIP code.

The launch of Saks’ shoe salon sparked an aggressive response from retailers globally that put footwear at the forefront. “We made shoes outlet a destination,” said Margolies.

Saks president Marc Metrick added, “We revolutionized the shoe industry in 2007 when we rolled out 10022-Shoe, not only because of the compelling branding but also because we offer an assortment and experience they cannot get anywhere else.”

On Aug. 17, Saks will celebrate the milestone with support from its longtime brand partners. More than 75 exclusive styles — from Christian Louboutin, Sergio Rossi and other notable designers — will be available for purchase. (12 of these looks are featured in the attached gallery.)

“[I wanted to design] something unique and spectacular, a one-of- a-kind piece to become a real objet du de?sir,” said Aquazzura creative director Edgardo Osorio. “The christian louboutin replica shoes we created for Saks were inspired by 1920s vintage jewelry and by  the idea of movement of one of the precious and shining diamond necklaces worn at parties during the roaring years. When you wear them, it feels like wearing a necklace on your feet.”

Kirkwood — whose business was in its infancy at the time of the opening — was part of the retailer’s aggressive push for new talent that coincided with the floor rollout.

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“We added well over a dozen new designers that had never been offered in America before,” said Betty Wang, VP and DMM of women’s replica louboutin shoes. “We scoured Europe for new talent.”

For Osorio, garnering shelf space at 10022-Shoe was a critical moment in his label’s development. “I can easily say the Aquazzura retail adventure in the United States started thanks to Saks, which was the first department store to buy the collection in the U.S.,” Osorio said. “They believed in me and my designs since the very beginning, and their trust, as well as the positioning they granted, has been crucial to enter such a big market.”

As Saks increased its emphasis on new names, competing department stores quickly moved to catch up. “There are now more choices than ever, and I’d like to think we had a hand in that,” Wang said.

Today, Saks’ flagship — which is in the middle of an overall redevelopment — has the capacity to hold 200,000 pairs of fake shoes on the eighth floor. The footwear floor spans approximately 30,000 square feet.

While designer louboutin replica shoes still capture much of the spotlight, the department has diversified as the consumer has embraced different kinds of looks. “What I realized being so close to it is how much the shoe business has evolved,” Wang said. “When we were launching, it was a lot about dress replica shoes and pumps, and we have those still — along with sneakers. Our customer is shopping with us for lifestyle in footwear as well as ready-to- wear and other categories. We’ve all evolved, and even though it’s challenging, we are wiser and more experienced in how quickly things can change.”

“It’s all about telling a story,” Margolies said, citing a recent email blast featuring Saint Laurent’s $10,000 rhinestoned slouch boot. “It’s all about the emotion.”

To mark the big milestone, Saks windows will feature 16 cakes designed by Valentino, Gucci and more. The entire store will take part in “10 Galleries: A Decade of Shoes.” The immersive activation will feature 10 installations throughout the store, playing off key trends and items from over the years.

Saks will also launch 12 exclusive made-to-order customization programs from designers including Manolo Blahnik, Fendi and Jimmy Choo, offering customers a chance to design their own shoes.

From the Vaults: Replica Christian Louboutin, ‘Shoes Are Like a Weapon’

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The legions of well-heeled ladies who are 31-year-old Paris-based shoe designer Christian Louboutin outlet uk diehard collectors scour his boutiques on New York’s Madison Avenue and Paris’ Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau hunting for much more than your average foot warmer. “Chaussures are like a jewel,” Louboutin declares while puffing on a cigarette. “It’s the idea of pure luxury. If you offer a woman a beautiful rin, the magical moment is when she opens the box. Voila! I have to show my replica shoes in the same way.”

Crafting them from exquisite fabrics like linen, satin, crepe, patent leather, and chiffon, Louboutin spends days revamping each millimeter of a shoe until it shrieks perfection. “The nicest replica shoes occur when you add things or get rid of things from other designs,” he says.

At age 16, Louboutin rand Paris music halls offering to design shoes outlet for their performers and eventually wound up gearing the heels of some cabaret hoofers. “When you see a woman onstage you can immediately see what she should have on her feet. Showgirls are the best to design for because replica shoes are like a weapon for them. They have to go up and down and run all over the stage kicking their legs in the air, and they are really naked except for a lot of feathers, headpieces, and of course, shoes,” he says. The theatrical training paid off: Miss Ultimate Show Goddess, Madonna, is now a huge fan. “She has an incredible eye. She looks at christian louboutin replica shoes like a tool for her work.” That Material Girl is not alone. Louboutin’s designs are stepping out on the fashion forward feet of Cher, Catherine Deneuve, Caroline of Monaco, and Diane von Furstenberg.

His fall ’95 collection encompasses a melange of inspiration. There is a surreal, ultra-high-heeled number in “very hairy” pony fur with a faux red nail at the toe “like a manicure,” and ones with petite photographs of Renaissance beautifully tucked at the buckle. Looking to nature, Louboutin outlet uk conjured up a heel after spotting “a branch floating in the sea at Cadaques, Spain, that was completely curved and white, almost sandblasted.” With such natural inspirations, it’s also no shock that his next project is a line of terra cotta garden furniture, to be unleashed in 1996 in America. But shoe-aholic dandies beware: Louboutin will never design for men. “That is completely another job altogether,” he sighs. “I have always had a feminine way of drawing. If you put that into a man’s shoe it would really become way too much.”

Moda Operandi’s Limited-Edition Replica Louboutin Collection Is Inspired by Ornate 18th Century Costumes

The limited-edition trunk show, which features only 50 pieces, was handmade in the designer’s Paris atelier. It is inspired by ornate men’s and women’s costumes from the 18th century and uses floral elements.

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“Louboutin is more than a designer. He is an artist, a true creator and visionary,” said Jodi Kaplan, VP of non-apparel for Moda Operandi. “His collection, with its exquisite detail, is the ultimate celebration of handcrafted artisanship. I am delighted we are able to offer our clients something so special.”

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If you’re shopping the site, you can select from one of three styles: the mule ($2,770) the flat ($2.995) and the pump ($3,335) . They are each available in two colorways: black with gold embroidery or black with silver embroidery. Shoppers can customize their replica shoes by having their initials hand-embroidered on the heel for no additional cost.

The show is launching in conjunction with Shoe outlet Salon, a new feature on Moda Operandi’s site that merges editorial content with commerce. This is the second time Moda Operandi and Christian Louboutin outlet uk have partnered on a special sale.

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To see the full collection, click through the gallery.