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August 28, 2020 3 min read

Christian Louboutin's shoes are not designed for walking Louboutin's shoes are known for their bright red soles, horribly high heels and no less high prices. Now an exhibition dedicated to his works has opened in Paris. A retrospective dedicated to French luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin opened yesterday at the Palais de la Port Dora in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Read more in Calcalist: The movie "Sonic": A Song of Praise for Americana How much money would you give up for more leisure? Working in black: In a new exhibition, photographer David Adika examines the attitude towards dark-skinned Lobotin, identified with his hallmark of luxury - the bright red sole of his favorite shoes by Hollywood celebrities - and with the appallingly high heels style and, no less, the high prices. More than once he has stated that he believes that his shoes have the ability to "make a woman look sexy, beautiful and her legs - look as long as possible". At the age of 16 he was expelled from school, fled to India and Egypt and returned from there with an impressive portfolio to be hired by one of the world renowned shoe designers, Charles Jordan. Today he sells his designs in more than 150 stores around the world, whether in his brand stores or in department stores, in more than 35 countries, at prices that are not worth every penny, to say the least. Despite the success, in the past year a 4.8% drop in sales to $ 62.9 million was reported, perhaps because fashion tends to flatter shoes and perhaps because of the economic uncertainty in the UK and Europe following the Brexit. Despite this it managed to bring about a 3.7% increase in gross profit. Photos: JEAN VINCENT SIMONET Models designed by Lobotin from the exhibition. Decline in sales in the last year models in the design of Lobotin from the exhibition. Decline in sales in the last year Photos: JEAN VINCENT SIMONET The choice to display in this building, which is located at the edge of the Vincent Forest and serves as the residence of the tropical aquarium - is not accidental. "Since my childhood I have had a close relationship with the Palais de la Dora," Lobotin told British Vogue. "I grew up next to it and used to visit it almost every weekend, because of its tropical aquarium. I was fascinated by the colors and the fish." What’s more, it turns out, that in one of his first illustrations, when he was 12, he drew inspiration from the architecture of the Palais de la Port Dora. "I'm lucky to have the freedom to express myself in such a visual and personal way," he told Vogue. The exhibition reflects the way Louboutin has done for more than 30 years of creation and collaborations, including with director David Lynch (the two previously teamed up in a special commercial for the nail polish line on the bottles designed as a stiletto heel launched by Louboutin). So are his collaborations with other designers, including Jean-Paul Gauthier, Alexander McQueen, Victor and Ruff and Lennon. Among other things, it will also display designs that have never been exposed, such as those made in collaboration with artisans and unique specialists, for example in stained glass. "The main tool for inspiration for me is to keep an open mind. I try to go where others are not going," Lobotin told Vogue when asked about his inspirations. This certainly provides a possible explanation for the origin of the name "mackerel" he gave to the shoe and the unusual materials he used more than once.

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