French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, famed for his red-soled shoes, defended his decision to go to court with fashion label YSL and its parent company PPR to protect his trademark look.
Louboutin was in London to open his first UK retrospective yesterday which marks the brand’s 20th anniversary at the Design Museum. He told Reuters that the companies are being extremely unfair in the battle over red soles.
Of the exhibition, Louboutin unveiled hundreds of pairs of shoes that he had created over the years, saying the journey had been “emotional” for him. The exhibition features some of the his most successful designs as well as his more creative interpretations such as crystal encrusted ballet slippers with a eight-inch heel for the English National Ballet.
Many celebrities also seemingly have a love affair with Louboutins, including Victoria Beckham, who’s often seen in his ten-inch platform shoes.
The retrospective also shows the origins of his inspiration such as the showgirls at Folies Bergère where he worked in his teens. Next up for Louboutin, well this is a real fairytale come true…..he is re-designing Cinderella’s glass slipper for the re-release of the Disney movie.