"He has strong views about which colors work with which shoe. If I were wearing his aqua-colored, glitter dégradé party shoes, for example, he would advise nails painted with his pale-turquoise Batignolles. With fall’s Luciana platform, designed with a latticework of patent leather across the toes, he recommends Whatever, a navy. For the Pense à Moi shoe, a fantastic fuchsia-and-orange satin concoction, he says wearing the dark-violet Lova would look very YSL. You can always, he says, match your nail color to a stone in a ring, or the setting. With gold settings, he warns, never wear crimson nails, and with emeralds, a pale pink like Madame est Nue would be chic."
Every fashionista aspires to own a pair of Louboutin shoes. They might be incredibly expensive and uncomfortable, but the red sole is an undeniable symbol of elegance, elitism, and class. But this week, Christian Louboutin announced a new line of products that will make his designs a little more affordable: nail polish. Louboutin plans to launch is nail polish at a mere $50 a bottle. Sure, that's a lot for a bottle of nail polish (I think $7 for a bottle of Essie is expensive), but compared to buying his $2000 shoes, fifty dollars doesn't seem so bad.
Christian Louboutin is never ordinary, so naturally, the fashion world is expecting a lot from his nail polishes. He's already revealed the incredible structure of the bottle, which was inspired by his Ballerina Ultima, the highest heel he's ever designed. So far, the only color that has been revealed is his signature crimson red (called Rouge Louboutin) to complement the soles of his shoes, but in an interview with Vogue's Plum Sykes, he described how his other colors should be worn:
I am so excited for the release of this nail polish! I know the colors are going to be beautiful and thoughtful, but I'm hoping the quality matches the price. Louboutin never fails to amaze me, and I'm sure his venture into beauty will be a success! Rouge Louboutin can be ordered directly from the Louboutin website. The only other retailer that has been revealed thus far is Sephora, who has already loaded Rouge Louboutin onto their site. It's not currently available for purchase, but you can sign up for an email to be notified when it's available.
I think I'm looking forward to the release of this nail polish so much because of the beautiful story behind it. When Christian Louboutin first began designing shoes, he knew something was missing. He painted the sole of one of his designs with his secretary's crimson nail polish, and the signature red sole was born. Now, he says, "I am giving back to beauty what the shoes took from the nails many years ago."
The rest of the collection is set to launch on August 6th, and it will include 31 colors.
You know when you hear someone say "vehr-sah-shee" and you're like "no, it's vehr-sah-cheh." Well, earlier this year, i-D created an alphabet of the names in fashion that are the most difficult to pronounce. This video is fabulous, and it covers everything from Azzedine Alaïa to Zegna. So next time you're wondering how to pronounce Givenchy (hint: it's ji-von-shee), check out this film:
In your head, answer that question. If you said something basic like "jeans and a top," then you've come to the right place... (read on to find out why).
I am a huge fan of Leandra Medine's blog, The Man Repeller. One of her staff writers, Amelia Diamond, posted a hilarious article today, entitled "What Do You Look Like Today?" You have to read it for yourself, but basically, it details an alternative way of describing clothing. So instead of saying "Today, I'm wearing a halter top and skirt with Converse," you could say "I look like a 1990s Britney Spears going to a high school soccer game who got caught in a rainstorm after reading the forecast for LA instead of NYC." That paints a pretty good picture, right? Read Amelia's fantastic article here.