Christian Louboutin – a new exhibition of the cult designer shoes has opened at the Design Museum in London.
Louboitins have been seen on nearly every high-profile celebrity over the last few years and the exhibition celebrates 20 years of the iconic designs.
Christian Louboutin found himself in trouble last week when he described high heels as “pleasure with pain” and said that anyone who couldn’t take the pain of his heels shouldn’t wear them. At the preview to the new exhibition he seemed keen to provide further explanation of his remarks saying: “I am concerned with comfort. I know that it’s important but I don’t want to have this evoked in my design. My work is not about comfort but in the engineering of the shoes there’s something that makes them as comfortable as possible.”
The centrepiece of the new exhibition is a 3D holographic performance by one of his biggest fans, burlesque performer Dita Von Teese. In a 3 minute performance she appears to morph from the image of one of his stiletto designs and after one of her dance routines than morphs back into the image of the Louboutin heels.
The exhibition is sure to be very popular with the big number of Louboutin fans in the capital and features more than 200 pairs of Louboutin designs.
He shows that his inspirations include sex and showgirls and amongst the exhibits are shoes from his 2007 Fetish collection. Other influences on his designs include travel, art, movies and architecture.
Louboutin himself has said that he believes that every woman wants to be a showgirl and this seems to come out in many of his designs.
HIs trademark red soles have had an unexpected business benefit as the shoes have proved very popular in China where red is seen as a particularly lucky colour. The company opened a new store in Beijing last year in response to demand for their footwear in China.
The exhibition will show a pair of Louboutins from the first design stage right through to production. It will also show details of the company’s innovative store design.
The Christian Louboutin exhibition runs at the Design Museum until 09 July. Prices for the exhibition range from £6 for students up to £104 for an adult including the special 340 page Louboutin book with colour illustrations.
Cameron Diaz – the US actress has been talking about how British men appeal to her.
In a feature for Harper’s Bazaar she says that finds British men to be charming and chivalrous, qualities that she says American men are lacking.
“I love [British men’s] sense of humour and the sense of chivalry and charm. It’s something that is innately a part of the culture – it’s not the same in America.”
It seems that her favourite example of British manhood is King’s Speech actor Colin Firth. She says of the actor: “He’s the perfect Englishman. Just enough of the self-effacing to a point that it’s comfortable for other people, but also totally charming and engaging to where he makes you feel special. He’s got that British honesty.”
Although she speaks highly of British men it is not the only thing that she likes about the UK: “I love London. I love the Brits, I always have. I have a weak spot for them. I grew up on Monty Python. I love Little Britain. My grandfather used to watch Benny Hill all the time.”
Cameron is well-known for roles in many movies including My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angel and Shrek. She has also received critical acclaim for her performances in such movies as Being John Malkovich and Vanilla Sky.
Her next movie is the rom-com ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ which also stars Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Matthew Morrison as well as featuring a cameo performance from Cheryl Cole, who stars as a talent show judge.
The full interview with Cameron Diaz can be read in the June edition of Harper’s Bazaar which is out this Thursday, 03 May.