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April 18 2014

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66 posts tagged "Christian Louboutin"

The Brooklyn Museum’s Going Head Over Heels

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LouboutinWe’re the first to admit that heels are a powerful thing. Each season we manage to add a few (or a dozen) must-have pairs to our overstuffed wardrobes. And why? Is it because heels are sexy? Flattering? Outfit-making? Or just fun to wear? The Brooklyn Museum will explore these questions (and many more) with its upcoming exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. On view from September 10, the exhibit will feature 160 heels from as early as the 17th century to today. A main focus will be the sculptural, architectural, and artistic qualities of high heels, which range from the wearable to the avant-garde. On one end of the spectrum will be designs by household names like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, and Roger Vivier, on the other, conceptual styles by Iris van Herpen, Elsa Schiaparelli, Zaha Hadid, and many more.

Highlights from the exhibit include Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos from 1959; silk, metal, and glass mules by Vivier for House of Dior from 1960; Céline’s mink-covered pumps from Spring ’13; eight-inch platforms designed by Rem D. Koolhaas for Lady Gaga; and mind-bending 3-D-printed heels by Van Herpen.

In addition to the show, there will be a fully illustrated catalog with essays by Stefano Tonchi, Lisa Small, and Caroline Weber, as well as six short films inspired by high heels. The films were commissioned from artists including Steven Klein, Nick Knight, and Marilyn Minter. The full exhibition will also be traveling to other venues, which have yet to be announced.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe will run from September 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238. For more information, visit brooklynmuseum.org.

Photo: Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum 

Teddy Bears Get All Dressed Up for Charity

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Charity Bears

Mark your calendars—on December 10, Mark Ronson will head to New York’s Highline Ballroom to host The Other Ball: a soiree and auction whose proceeds will go to Arms Around the Child. Founded by Leigh Blake, the charity aims to provide struggling children in developing countries with a loving home, medical treatment, protection, and education. Underwritten by Topshop, the event will feature performances from The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Lykke Li, and more. And if the party isn’t enough to get you in a giving mood, the one-of-a-kind teddy bears up for auction most certainly will. Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, Topshop’s Topman, Opening Ceremony, Thom Browne, Simon Doonan, and Chromat have each put their own spin on the stuffed toys, which, crafted from black leather, are surprisingly subversive. “I had so much fun reimagining my bear,” offered Doonan of his buckle-and-spike-embellished design. “I channeled Helmut Newton and added a dollop of Christopher Street circa the seventies. I wanted to show that bears can be kinky, too.” Wang’s version also has a dark side, what with its silver X-eyed executioner’s mask and black studded collar. Louboutin, meanwhile, whipped up a superhero-style bear, complete with a cape and paws in his signature hue of red, and Thom Browne’s iteration is dressed in one of the designer’s unmistakable cropped suits. “We need to bring more awareness to the importance of children’s happiness, well-being, and innocence,” said Browne of the project. Each bear will go under the hammer for a starting price of $1,000, and if you can’t make it to the Ball, online and telephone bids will be accepted until noon on Tuesday. For information on bidding and tickets, visit theotherball.org.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Which Nude Are You? Let Louboutin’s App Decide

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Louboutin Nudes

Today, Christian Louboutin released Nudes, a collection that includes five styles of shoes in five nude shades to match a rainbow of skin tones. Naturally, the house has created a free iPhone app, dubbed Louboutin Shades, which will help determine which nude is just right for you. “The shoes are there to give a woman an extra lift…they disappear like magic and become a fluid extension of her legs, as in a sketch, elongating the silhouette,” said Louboutin of his flesh-toned kicks. However, we’d bet that the hues aren’t solely responsible for the shoes’ lengthening effect—the designer’s signature sky-high heels probably contribute a little something to that leggy look, too.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Runway to Red Carpet: Queens of Contrast

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Kristen Wiig in Prabal Gurung, Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera,  and Milla Jovovich in Saint Laurent

Over the course of a particularly international week for flashbulb fashion, megawatt personalities turned up the world over in sophisticated, high-contrast (and high-impact) ensembles, each of which stood out against carpets red and step-and-repeats a-branded.

On Sunday, Taylor Swift arrived at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Los Angeles wearing an Hervé Léger by Max Azria Pre-Fall ’13—you guessed it—bandage dress. The peppy songstress accented her cage-like ribbing with a pair of strappy Christian Louboutin sandals.

Things picked up on Tuesday in Paris, where Milla Jovovich sported a Saint Laurent Spring ’13 pewter-sequined column dress and dramatic black chiffon cape (naturally, she looked lovely, but we kind of wish she had topped it all off with the flat-brim Hedi Slimane showed on the catwalk). What occasion could warrant such a theatrical outfit, you might wonder? It was for the Liaisons au Louvre III charity dinner—yes, the same dinner where Diana Ross took the stage. The chanteuse, however, opted for a fittingly fiery red gown. Jetting far east to Beijing, Zhang Ziyi attended the unveiling of Chanel’s “Little Black Jacket” exhibition wearing a simple blouse-and-bloomer combo from the house’s Scottish Pre-Fall ’13 collection. And looping back to the City of Light, funny gal Kristen Wiig attended the opening of her latest flick, Imogene, wrapped in a graphic, artfully draped Prabal Gurung dress—a twist on the techniques used in the designer’s cut-and-curved Fall ’13 military spectacular.

Lastly, Wednesday saw the industry’s highest-profile champion—Michelle Obama—hot-footing in a Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall ’13 number at a dinner in Berlin in honor of her husband. Noirish navy and silvery white whorls complemented the dress’ nipped waist, tulip flare, and ladylike shoulder-bows—FLOTUS appeared as turned out as ever.

Photos: Getty Images

At Cannes, Pants—Fancy and Otherwise

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Pants on the Red Carpet at CannesThe 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped on Sunday—and by all counts, it was a relatively mellow one (save the Chopard diamond heist—nothing like a little high-wattage-glamour drama). Sartorially, the requisite pageantry was all there—big dresses, big hair, big lips—but an often laid-back, sometimes femme fatale trend had its moment on the Riviera red carpet: pants.

Tilda Swinton (above, left) challenged conventional gala dressing with a gold-sequined pajama set by her pal Haider Ackermann (her twisting, teased platinum coif deserves an honorable mention, too). The silhouette was hyper-casual; the overall look, however, was exquisitely luxe—Swinton’s a bit of a miracle worker when it comes to mixing things up for the flashbulbs. Chinese pop singer and actress Li Yuchun (above, right) sported trousers twice for her turns in the spotlight—one look, tapered Givenchy Haute Couture britches under a fringed top, and the other, blood-red Gareth Pugh bell-bottoms that matched the carpet below. It was a chicly chameleonic moment. Hungarian model Barbara Palvin (above, center) looked right at home in a razor-sharp Alexandre Vauthier suit, her cropped drainpipes grazing a pair of killer, gold-strapped heels. And finally, model-cum-actress Ziyi Zhang rocked an enviably informal Dior Haute Couture ensemble comprising simple black slacks, a strapless bustier top, and zebra-motif Louboutins.