|Source: Dossier Journal|
To quote Lauren Collins; "With several swoops of his pen, Louboutin has managed to make Manolo Blahnik’s princessy slingbacks look as if they were meant for ladies who spend their days eating charity lunches of chicken salad and melon balls."
If you have not already, follow the link on the first line to the original profile, it is beautifully written, clever and just perfect. I stumbled across the article when sitting down to write a homage to one of the Kings of Sole and was left feeling that witty and sharp phrases that I had been enthralled with only moments before were now stale, weak and lacking in the necessary je na sais quoi that a Louboutin post simply must have.
I had been bested.
So rather than try and compete, because I was not able to interview him...clearly that is the only reason that Lauren Collins' article trumps my own, not that she is an accomplished writer who has been a staff writer at the New Yorker for 8 years or came to there from Vogue.
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1. "I am not producing pills to cure people, so I feel that the whole system should be slightly joyful."
2. "I'll do shoes for the lady who lunches, but it would be, like, a really nasty lunch, talking about men."
3. "My favorite sound is definitely mules. If it was an instrument, it's really ping—the touch of the black keys of the piano."
5. "The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable and the color of passion."
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6. "Yes, I wanted to be a shoe designer, but I never thought it could be a profession. But what was the alternative? Doctor? Too dirty! Air hostess? Maybe not! Then someone gave me a book on Roger Vivier and, cherie, instantly I knew that was it!"
7. "The core of my work is dedicated not to pleasing women but to pleasing men."
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8. "I hate the concept of the clog! It's fake, it's ugly, and it's not even comfortable! And I hate the whole concept of comfort! It's like when people say, 'Well, we're not really in love, but we're in a comfortable relationship.' You're abandoning a lot of ideas when you are too into comfort. 'Comfy'—that's one of the worst words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy. It's really depressing, but she likes her life because she has comfortable clogs."
9. "The shoe is very much an X-ray of social comportment"
10. "When a woman buys a pair of shoes, she never looks at the shoe. She stands up and looks in the mirror, she looks at the breast, the ass, from the front, from the side, blah blah blah. If she likes herself, then she considers the shoe."
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