Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lady In Red

Louboutin Forever

Ladies around the world can enviously spy that notorious red sole anywhere. All I need to see is a gorgeous shoe, a glimmer of red underneath, and cue, immediate sigh. It is no doubt a Louboutin. One day I hope to have a closet shelf dedicated and stocked with red soled shoes only. A girl can dream. With the recent outcome of a long legal battle between rival French fashion houses, Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent, it's presumable all future red soled beauties will all be 100% Louboutin's. The true originator of the distinctive red soles. 

"The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable and the color of passion." - Christian Louboutin

The designer took a major chance in choosing a fire engine red sole as the trademark attribute present on all his designs. Who would've thought a woman desiring a basic black patent leather heel would kill, probably literally, for one decorated with the infamous bright red sole.  That chance did however prove to be a marvelous success. I'm certain red soled Louboutin's are the most coveted shoes on the market. As if Christian Louboutin needed additional confirmation he had secured a spot as dominator in the high end shoe industry, rival luxury shoe competitor, Yves Saint Laurent went and copied the red sole. Ballsy move Laurent . But not with success. After losing in a lower court's ruling and receiving a lot of skepticism from the people of the judicial system and high to low end designers replicating their distinctive red sole design, Louboutin finally sealed a victory. Louboutin now holds the authority to block fellow designers from reproducing their signature red soles. However, there is a catch, this ruling only holds if the primary color of the shoe is in contrast with the red. If YSL wants to make an entirely red shoe, they're at liberty to do so. However, who, besides Dorothy of Oz, would want that? And with this new lawsuit ruling, who would want a red soled shoe that's not a Louboutin anyway? 

"I'll do shoes for the lady who lunches, but it would be, like, a really nasty lunch, talking about men." - Christian Louboutin
"I hate the concept of the clog! It's fake, it's ugly, and it's not even comfortable! And I hate the whole concept of comfort! It's like when people say, 'Well, we're not really in love, but we're in a comfortable relationship.' You're abandoning a lot of ideas when you are too into comfort. 'Comfy'—that's one of the worst words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy. It's really depressing, but she likes her life because she has comfortable clogs." - Christian Louboutin

Ahh, this quote has finally enlightened me with where the phrase beauty is pain must have originated - a beautiful shoe.
"The core of my work is dedicated not to pleasing women but to pleasing men." - Christian Louboutin

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