Red Carpet for the Louboutin “Pigalle”
While – alas – not on our own feet, we have obviously seen the “Pigalle”, paired with the closet of the greatest celebrities. From Emma Stone to Victoria Beckham, including Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, or even Dita Von Teese, these shoes take strides full of poise on the Red Carpet. With the particular gift of perfectly finalizing any attire and of sublimating the legs, it was first presented in the early 2000s by Christian Louboutin.
The “Pigalle”, the woman of Paris
Born from the fantasist and magical inventiveness of the shoe designer, the idea for the “Pigalle” came to him while he was at the Foire du Trône, by studying the peculiar gait of a prostitute nearby the funfair. Luxurious and mythical Parisian district, Pigalle can now literally be at your feet…
The fabrications secrets of the “Pigalle”
Having become iconic shoes in but a few years, the “Pigalle” owes its success to its emblematic red sole as much as to its fabrication method. A pair takes around a week to complete, between the pattern cutting, the stitching, the leather cutting, the sewing and the shaping. All of this is realized by highly qualified artisans in a Parisian workshop. And to prove how global is the “Pigalle” phenomenon, it must be known that there are 156 Louboutin boutiques around the world…
The “Pigalle” in all its forms
The renowned collection encompasses two distinct lines. On one side, the “Pigalle” with only black or flesh-coloured shoes. On the other, the “Pigalle Follies” – drawing its name from the famous Parisian cabaret – is a line where the creator’s eccentricity knows no bounds: flamboyant colours, stripes, glitters, golden studs, pink, blue, green velvet, etc.
Each available in four heel heights: 4,5 cm, 8,5 cm or 10 cm. And of course, for the bolder ones, the dizzying 12 cm!
“Pigalle” Passion but not only…
Christian Louboutin is also the creator of many well-known models such as the “Kate” or the “Hot Chick”. The “Nudes” series based on the various natural skin tones is also owed to this genial designer. Unveiled in 2013, it now boasts eight tones declined in pumps, sneakers and accessories.
Finally, the last novelty of the brand is the “Loubishark”. Riding on the major trend of sneakers, these unusual baskets flaunts a sole similar to shark’s teeth… A flashy red sole, of course!
Louboutin’s work and imagination put on a show at the Palais de la Porte Dorée.
Following the new Covid-19 restrictions, patience will be needed before coming back to see “L’Exhibition[niste]”. Set at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, it stays true to the facetious designer’s humour while presenting its creations and inspirations in a playful and educational way.
For more information on the exhibition new measures: www.palais-portedoree.fr/en
Did you know?
Always welcoming fancy designs and technical challenges, Christian Louboutin has recently chosen to use his talent for the Royal Mansour Marrakech, to create two exclusive and original models. For women, a pointed-toe flat mule, with mosaic patterns (€800). For men, a slipper shaped like a classic loafer with black suspenders, topped with a star referencing the Moroccan flag as well as the French brand’s iconic écusson (€500). A stunning tribute to the Moroccan crafts blended with the unconditional Louboutin savoir-faire.