Christian Louboutin: 10 Things Every Woman Should Have
Christian Louboutin makes some of the sexiest shoes in the world, so it's no wonder his picks are overtly feminine: A body-gripping pencil skirt, smoky French hosiery, and more.
By Frances Little
August 13, 2012
Photos: Stephan Galdieu/Courtesy of Christian Louboutin, David Cook (3), Courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Condé Nast Archive, David Cook, Courtesy of Chateau Petit-Village, Getty Images, David Cook, Getty Images
It was nearly 20 years ago that Christian Louboutin, in a moment of inspiration, brushed red nail polish on the bottoms of a pair of pumps and rewrote (shoe) history. Since then, the French designer has learned a lot about women's taste. He believes women see stilettos as "pedestals" on which to stake their sexuality, much as a showgirl climbs on the stage. His current collection includes thorn-studded sandals and six-inch-plus heels; even the more modest Pigalle pump has a thrusting, erotic vibe. Women who balk at wearing such shoes are "afraid of their own powers of seduction," says Louboutin, whose advice is to give it a try. "It's OK to be the wife and the girlfriend," he says.
1. Pencil Skirt by Azzedine Alaïa
"Alaïa truly honors the body of a woman." Viscose knit skirt, $2,905, at Ikram, Chicago (312-587-1000).
2. Burlesque and the Art of the Teese by Dita Von Teese (It Books)
"Even a married woman can behave like a mistress sometimes."
3. Christian Louboutin Artemis Bag
"The ornamented shoulder gives great body language around the neck." $2,995, at Neiman Marcus stores.
4. a Dvd Library
"Pick up the complete works of Pedro Almodóvar."
5. French Hosiery From Sabbia Rosa
"It has a light, smoky feel, like a cloud of color." Sabbia Rosa, Paris (011-33-1-45-48-88-37).
6. Christian Louboutin Copt Flats
"To add a little pop to your look." Similar styles at Christian Louboutin, N.Y.C. (212-396-1884).
7. a Case of Château Petit-Village Wine
"Whiskey we may drink alone, but wine is for sharing at a table. And good French wine doesn't give you a hangover."
8. MoRoCcan Argan Oil for Hair
"With hair, there is an element of gesture, of flirtation—so it's great to have good hair."
9. Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pump
"Simple and balanced. I've never seen someone who didn't look good in it." $625, at Christian Louboutin, Hollywood (310-247-9300).
10. a Beautiful Travel Experience
"Meet people from other cultures, so you understand that the world doesn't swirl around you."
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