August 29 2014

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Pleats, Pleasing


The Olympic Torch wasn’t the only thing to take top honors at last night’s Designs of the Year Awards, given by London’s Design Museum. In the fashion category, Issey Mikaye’s studio and Reality Lab, the designer’s research and development team, won out over a varied group of nominees that included Celine’s Fall ’11 collection, the Met’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, Sarah Burton’s wedding dress for Kate Middleton, and the London concept boutique LN-CC, designed by Gary Card. Pieces and renderings from the award’s seven categories, which include digital design and architecture as well as fashion, are now on display as part of the Designs of the Year 2012 exhibition, running through July 4. As The New York Times reports, the Miyake inventions from his 132.5 line included in the exhibition “encompass different kinds of modernity: clothes that fold flat, opening with 3D dimensions and made from recycled polyester.”

The Heart And Sole Of Christian Louboutin


Christian Louboutin strode his red-soled way to the front of the footwear pack over the course of 20 years in business, picking up adoring fans (and even Top 40 pop-song callouts) along the way. Even a 300-plus-page tome like the new Christian Louboutin ($150, out today from Rizzoli) couldn’t contain all his creations, it turns out; near the end, it says, “Darn, there are so many missing!” Those that are may still get their day, thanks to an upcoming retrospective of the designer’s work at the Design Museum and a soon-to-launch window display at Barneys. Here, Louboutin speaks with about his tics, his picks, and where he’s headed next.

How has your work evolved over the years?
At the beginning, I was doing super-dressy shoes. It was more about dressing than undressing. I started by dressing women’s feet, and now I love to undress them. Some lines are more bare and the design is completely attached to the leg and it’s very minimal, leaving the foot as the object of desire. Nudity and undressing have both become a big element. It’s nice to see the evolution and like everyone else, it’s a work in progress. I have never thought that everything is perfect and it still isn’t.

Do you have a favorite pair that you’ve designed?
It really changes. You cannot really like one pair of shoes more than the others. They remind you of a moment, like a memory of a great love story. I look at another shoe related to a great trip and it reminds me of that. They are all different.

Let’s talk about the beginnings of Christian Louboutin. You started sketching shoes as a boy, right?
There are two sketches in the book from when I was 12. My mom had kept them and when she passed away, my sister had kept them. I basically keep nothing but when I was talking about the book, my sister sent them to me. One of the sketches looks like the Pigalle at one point. It was to get out of boredom at school. I wasn’t very interested in it. It was like a hobby. It was really like a nervous tic. I always sketched the same way: heel on left, point on the right—it was nervous drawing.

And the way the book is divided, into chapters, it actually begins before the company was founded.
At the beginning, we—editor Eric Reinhardt and I—started to look at the shoes; I started talking, he was recording. He came back to me at one point and said, “I think you have enough interesting things to say that it should be a dialogue. We should have this chapter about before you were a designer.” One thing I enjoy is someone who is an aesthete. The way they eat is completely connected to the way they live and the way they design. Eric told me, “In a way, you just don’t know it, but you are an aesthete. There’s no difference between your personal life and the way you decorate your house.” He wanted to show how the two mix. Continue Reading “The Heart And Sole Of Christian Louboutin” »