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One of Rihanna’s major influences and idol is Mariah Carey who she covered her song “Hero” while performing at a school talent show. She says, “I looked up to [Mariah] a lot and I still do. I admire her as an artist, and to [compete with her] was a moment I will never forget for the rest of my life.”[99] She then stated that her song, “Vision of Love” made an impact on her.[100][101] Rihanna has also named Beyoncé Knowles a major influence,[102][103] citing that she was inspired to start her career after watching Knowles on television as part of a Destiny’s Child performance .[104] Her other musical influences include Bob Marley, Alicia Keys[101] Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Celine Dion,[105] Brandy,[106] and Gwen Stefani.[107] Her music also contains strong influences of caribbean music and says that it has influenced her tremendously. Her friend and former Island Def Jam record label artist Fefe Dobson was someone that she admired and looked up to, having a fellow artist writing, singing, and performing the music she truly loves.[108][109] In a interview, Rihanna stated, that while growing up in Barbados, she grew up listening to reggae music and when she came to the United States she was exposed to many different types of music.[110] Rihanna also considers Madonna as one of her biggest influences. She mentioned that she respects her ability to reinvent herself and aspires to be just as successful.[111]


Jon Bream of the Star Tribune commented “[i]n the tradition of Madonna and Janet Jackson, Rihanna has become the video vixen of the ’00s … Rihanna has perfected the pout, the long-legged strut and trend-setting hairdos that keep women and men alike checking her out on YouTube.”[112] George Epaminondas of InStyle considers Rihanna’s music videos to be “cinematic” due to her “blend of lush island rhythms and swinging pop and … mischievous sensuality.”[113] Rihanna commented that Marilyn Monroe and vintage clothing served for visual inspiration for the music videoHate That I Love You” and “Rehab“; in contrast, the “dark, creepy” scenes of “Disturbia” have drawn comparison to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.[112][114] The music video also ranked number five on the “Top Five Most Paranoid Music Videos” published by MTV Buzzworthy.[115]

Style and image

The New York magazine described Rihanna’s early look as a cookie-cutter teen queen and that she has the ability to shift looks so dramatically and with such ease.[116] Since the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, [Rihanna’s] has become a sex symbol and also set herself apart from other R&B starlets,[117] opting for designer couture over belly-baring crop tops.[118] Sonya Magett of Black Voices reported that Rihanna’s style has become quite risqué since she burst on the scene 4 years ago.[119] In 2008, she constantly surprised, switching from pretty and sweet in pastels on the red carpet to dominatrix-leaning wear on stage and at awards shows.[120][121] Rihanna’s fashion and style also landed her on the list of People‘s 10 Best Dressed Stars of 2008.[122] Glamour also awarded Rihanna with the seventeenth most glamorous woman of 2009 out of fifty. Glamour also commented on Rihanna’s style saying “rockstar of leading ladies” and “She almost can’t make a style mistake right now.” They also said her “little-bit-punky, very-much-girly look still entrances readers.”[123][124] They also commented on Rihanna’s fashion risks saying “If style risks could be measured in miles, Rihanna would have criss-crossed the globe a thousand times over already.”[125]

Rihanna’s image has also been identified as a sex symbol. Regal of the Associated Content stated that Rihanna quickly garnered a more mature and definitely sexier look. In 2007, she ranked #8 in Maxim‘s 2007 Hot 100 list;[126] she then ranked #15 on 2008 Hot 100 list the following year.[127] In June 2007, Rihanna was named 2007 Venus Breeze’s “Celebrity Legs Of A Goddess” by Gillette.[128] Margeaux Watson of Entertainment Weekly wrote an article entitled “Rihanna: Diva of the year” which he refers to her breakout success of 2008.[129] In 2009, Maxim awarded Rihanna as the number 8th most sexiest woman on earth.[130] This made Rihanna the only female of African descent in the top ten or top twenty for that matter.

Rihanna’s tattoos have drawn much media attention.[131] One of her first tattoos was music note on her ankle and a Pisces sign behind her right ear.[132] Her most visible and popular tattoo is her trail of stars going down her back.[133] Rihanna has a total of twelve known tattoos,[134] including music note tattoo on her ankle, a Pisces sign behind her right ear,[135] a Sanskrit prayer going down her hip, a star in her left ear,[136] the word ‘love’ on her left middle finger,[137] an Arabic phrase on her ribcage area, meaning ‘Freedom is God,’ a trail of stars going down the back of her neck,[138] a skull with a pink hair bow, the phrase ’shhh…’[139] on her right index finger,[140] the date ‘4.11.1986′ on top of her left shoulder[141] and a henna-style dragon claw,[142][143] complete with Hawaiian hibiscus flowers. Her most recent gun tattoo was planned to be just below her shoulders but changed it to her ribcage.[144][145] Although, she was likely to be criticised for her tattoo,[146][147][148] BangBang, the tattoo artist, was quick to explain that the image simply “represents strength and power”.[149][150][151][152]

Relations with Barbados

Rihanna is heavily involved in the marketing of her native country of Barbados.[153] She began by including the flag and trident in many of her videos, also shooting her album packaging for A Girl Like Me there.[153] In September 2007, she became the official face of tourism for Barbados, being included in many of their ad campaigns. She currently holds an honourary title of Ambassador for Culture and Youth in Barbados.[154] She additionally was honored by the Prime Minister David Thompson, who presented her several gifts at a national concert on 20 February 2008 in Barbados, called “Rihanna Day”.[155][156] Regardless, In February 2008, Rihanna thanked her country and honoured them during the acceptance speech for her win of “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” at the Grammy Awards.[157] Although Rihanna is heavily involved in the promotion of her country and works with the government in Barbados to do so, she is constantly criticized and ridiculed[158] for everything from her music, her successes and for wearing “skimpy clothes”.[159][160] Rihanna speaking on the incident, “I went to the beach and I had on a one-piece swimsuit with jeans, They took the picture and they made it look like a top that was really revealing. There were radio programmes about it. It was a big deal for, like, three weeks straight – talking about I’m not setting a good example.”[161]

They also mentioned that Rihanna was too young for Def Jam to push her as a “sex symbol“, making a plea that she cover up.[162] The media and The Nation newspaper constantly make personal attacks and have shown lack of support and encouragement.[163] Rihanna spoke out against the scrutiny to Entertainment Weekly[164] stating, “They all hate me. I didn’t have to talk about them. I didn’t have to even mention that I’m from Barbados. But I do and people kind of take it for granted. They hate me. They talk shit about me all the time. But I’m like, ”Whatever. I’m still doing this cause I love to do it and you’re not going to stop me”.[158] Media fought back with letters to Rihanna publicly via there national newspaper, “[what she said] sounds as if though she is doing us a favour. If God didn’t give us a Rihanna, he would have given us someone else. So don’t ever for a second get to thinking you are irreplaceable, Rihanna”[165] and “Her putting Barbados on the map is nonsense. Barbados was well on the map before she came along; and will be when she is gone”.[166] Her mentor and music producer Evan Rogers spoke out to the media stating that Rihanna subsequently “formed her impression of any Bajan dislike from the reception she received at the recent Barbados Music Awards where,” according to Rogers, “It was disappointing the way some people reacted as if they were almost rooting against her”.[167]

Other ventures

Products and endorsements

In October 2005, Rihanna struck her first endorsement deal with Secret Body Spray[168] for them to sponsor her first tour.[169] In 2006, Rihanna participated in several endorsement deals, including Nike sportswear for the launch of her “SOS”[170] and J. C. Penney. In 2007, Rihanna signed with CoverGirl and became a celebrity spokesperson which included appearances on TV commercials[171][172] and in the Barbados Tourism Authority’s tourism commercials. She also received an endorsement deal from Clinique in 2006 to promote their Happy fragrance.[173] She recorded a song written by Ne-Yo entitled “Just Be Happy” as part of the deal to promote their Happy fragrance. Rihanna also recorded a song called “Winning Women” with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger for P&G’s female deodorant Secret. In December 2008, Rihanna contracted with Gucci to appear in their ads for the Tattoo Heart Collection, a special-edition line.[174][175] In the Gucci handbag ad, Rihanna is seen hanging from a giant hoop, scantily clad in a barely-there white bodysuit and wearing an oversized white Gucci purse.[176] The success of her single, “Umbrella” also inked an endorsement deal with Totes.[177][178] Her handlers pitched her hit “Umbrella” to Totes and the song became the soundtrack for commercials in which she starred.[179] On April 8, 2009 it was announced that Rihanna inked a fragrance deal with Jay-Z’s licensing company Iconic Fragrances.[180] Iconic Fragrance will launch the fragrance in the summer of 2010.[181][182]

Film projects

In 2007, Rihanna began showing interest in making film appearances.[183] She made her acting debut in a cameo role to the film Bring It On: All or Nothing, released on August 8, 2006.[99] During this time, she stated that singing was always the bigger picture, but she definitely wants to get into acting as well.[99] Rihanna also made an appearance as the central character in Kanye West‘s music video “Paranoid“.[4][184] According to the Daily News, Rihanna has been taking acting classes during her time in New York, and will make her acting debut in Personal Protection, due to start filming later this year.[185][186]


Rihanna created her Believe Foundation in 2006 to help terminally ill children.[187][188] Rihanna explained her reasons for starting the Foundation saying, “When I was young and I would watch television and I would see all the children suffering, I always said: when I grow up, I want to help.”[189] Rihanna has also performed a number of concerts to raise funds for both charities and the Foundation and is also a 2008 Cartier Love Charity Bracelet Ambassador. She performed at Madonna’s Raising Malawi fundraiser on February 6, 2008 in New York City .[190] After becoming an honorary cultural ambassador for Barbados, Rihanna became involed with DKMS, an international donor network based in Tübingen, Germany, to try to find a donor for Lisa Gershowitz Flynn.[191] She was diagnosed in November with acute myelogenous leukemia.[192]

In January 2008, Rihanna contributed in the fight against AIDS when she visited the H&M in New York to support Fashion Against AIDS by presenting her t-shirt design and signing autographs for a limited time with slogans like “Believe” and “Stop and Think.”[193] The collection features t-shirts and hoodies designed by Rihanna, Timbaland and other well-known designers, musicians and artists.[194] The line, called Fashion Against AIDS, was launched in February 2008 to raise awareness of the disease among teens and spread awareness about HIV/AIDS.[195] In August 2008, Rihanna and other pop, rock, R&B and country singers such as Carrie Underwood, Ciara, Beyoncé Knowles, Leona Lewis, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and Fergie recorded the charity single, “Just Stand Up!“, the theme song to the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer and its theme song.[196] The singers performed the song live on September 5, 2008.[197] In 2008, Rihanna was selected as the spokesmodel for Gucci’s first United Nations Children’s Fund ad campaign.[198] She appeared in the fashion house’s Tattoo Heart campaign, which premiered in December 2008.[199] Rihanna was photographed in series of special edition print ads with United Nations Children’s Fund items, twenty-five percent of sales will benefit the children’s charity.[200]

On November 19, 2008, Rihanna was enlisted by Gucci‘s Frida Giannini along with Madonna to light the United Nations Children’s Fund Christmas snowflake in New York City at the Grand Army Plaza.[201] In 2008, she became the global representative and the face of the 4th annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit United Nations Children’s Fund. The campaign aimed to raise funds for children in Africa through the sale of its Tattoo Heart collection of bags, which launched worldwide on November 19, 2008.[202] Rihanna has also been apart of many benefit concerts to help raise money for various illnesses, such as cancer for Hope Rocks.[203] Rihanna performed on January 20, 2009 at the Recording Industry Association of America’s Presidential Inauguration Charity Ball to raise money for the world largest anti-hunger organization.[204][205][206] On April 2, 2009, Rihanna visited the NYU Medical Center to help look for another bone marrow donor for a young girl named Jasmina Amena.[207][208] Rihanna first learned about Jasmina’s plight in February 2009, when she saw the moving video Jasmina’s best friend, Isabelle Huurman, and her mother, Karen Detrick, made appealing for donors to save Jasmina.[209] Rihanna honored Jasmina’s best friend, Isabella for her efforts for trying to save her best friend at a DKMS Gala on May 7, 2009. Jasmina eventually received her transplant on June 11, 2009,[210] and is in recovery.[211][212]


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In 1, Fashion, Style on August 28, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Gareth pugh

Gareth Pugh Spring 2009 Ready to wear




Gareth Pugh (Above)


Pugh’s trademark inflated clothing.

At 14, Pugh began working as a costume designer for the English National Youth Theatre.[4] He started his fashion education at City of Sunderland College and finished his degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins in 2003 He interned with Rich Owens in Paris.[2] His final collection at St. Martins, which used balloons to accentuate models’ joints and limbs (a technique that would become one of his trademarks), attracted that attention of the senior fashion editor of Dazed & Confused magazine, who placed one of his designs on the magazine’s cover shortly thereafter.[3] Pugh was selected to participate in British reality show The Fashion House two months after his graduation,[3] which he would later call “horrible” and his “only other option [to being on] the dole.”[5] The rise of !WOWOW!, a feature in Dazed & Confused, and a debut show at London club Kashpoint’s Alternative Fashion Week brought Pugh to the attention of Fashion East “London’s breeding ground for cutting-edge new talent,” leading them to invite Pugh to participate in its Autumn 2005 group show.[6] Pugh had only four weeks, with no studio, no assistants, and little money, to create the collection.[3] His collection ended up a critical success and attracted significant attention to his designs.[5]

Pugh’s solo premiere was in London’s Fall 2006 fashion week; he has since showed his Spring 2007 and Autumn 2007 collections there.[7][4][8] Pugh’s shows have continued to draw critical praise. British Vogue, for instance, called his Spring 2007 collection “an incredible, unmissable show” and said that “his genius is undeniable.”[9] Anna Wintour is a notable supporter of Pugh’s designs.[3]

Kylie Minogue has used many of Pugh’s designs over the recent years, most famously in her Showgirl – The Greatest Hits Tour and Showgirl – The Homecoming Tour and Róisín Murphy recently appeared flamboyantly sporting one of Pugh’s distinctive outfits in the videoclip promoting her 2007 album Overpowered [1], and on the cover of her single Let Me Know. Minogue has been seen wearing the same dress in her 2008 video for her single In My Arms. International superstar Lady GaGa recently wore a jacket designed by Pugh at the Wango Tango concert 2009, while Rihanna and Beyonce have also been seen wearing his work in 2009.

Aesthetic describes Pugh as the “latest addition to a long tradition of fashion-as-performance-art that stretches back through Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood to the eighties club culture of Leigh Bowery.”[7] (Pugh, however, dismisses frequent Bowery comparisons as “lazy journalism.”)[3] Klaus Nomi has also been suggested as an influence on Pugh.[10] Pugh’s collections are autobiographical rather than referential, and draw inspiration from Britain’s extreme club scene.[5][4] Pugh’s trademark is his experimentation with form and volume.[3][4] He often uses “nonsensically shaped, wearable sculptures” to “distort[] the human body almost beyond recognition.”[3][4] Elements in his designs include PVC inflated into voluminous coats, black and white patchwork squares, Perspex discs linked like chain mail, and shiny latex masks and leggings;[11] he has used materials including mink, parachute silk, foam footballs, afro-weave synthetic hair, and electrically charged plastic in his clothing.[3] Pugh describes his designs as being “about the struggle between lightness and darkness.”

Pugh’s Spring 2007 collection also featured somewhat more wearable clothing, like this dress.

Commercial potential

Though he is currently a darling of the fashion elite,[3][7] Pugh claimed in March 2007 that he had yet to sell a single dress and that he struggled to make ends meet.[3][12] (Until his Spring 2007 collection, his clothes were solely catwalk experiments and simply unavailable to purchase.[3]) While constructing his autumn 2005 debut collection, shown in the Fashion East group show, he was squatting in a converted warehouse.[5] (A court order ultimately forced him to leave the building.[5]) He says his current studio is unheated and has only two electrical outlets.[3] It remains to be seen whether Pugh can be a commercial success as well as a critical one, but he is slowly shifting to more wearable clothing in his runway shows[13][8] and he has partnered with major manufacturers to produce some of his new pieces.[8] Not confirmed yet, but LVMH has reportedly signed him on to design Dior Homme menswear, replacing Kris Van Assche


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Thierry Mugler & Beyonce

In 1, Fashion, Style on August 18, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Thierry Mugler

TH Muglier


Mugler serves as the main costume designer for Beyoncé Knowles‘ latest concert tour, I Am… Tour. Knowles selected Mugler for the position after becoming enamoured with several examples of his work at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s “Superheroes” exhibit in May, 2008. He has signed on to create a 58-piece wardrobe for Knowles, her dancers and band for the tour. However, Knowles’ own clothing lines House of Dereon and Dereon will also contribute to the wardrobe. Mugler’s input will extend to the role of “creative advisor”, as he will contribute to designing the entire show, from lighting to choreography, directing three of the portions of the production , “Dangerously in Love”, “Ave Maria” and the show’s finale. Several of his vintage pieces are seen thoughout Knowles’ videos incuding the leather carapice bodice in “Diva“, and a gold robotic suit in “Sweet Dreams“.


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Mugler’s early training was as a ballet dancer, but he also studied design and created garments for friends at the same time. He moved to Paris in 1970 and worked as a window-dresser, designing clothing “on the side”. He launched his first line Café de Paris in 1973,[1] and founded his own label for women two years later, to be followed by designs for men in 1978.

Mugler’s work over the next two decades had a style that was very much of its time: Shoulders were wide and padded; waists were wasp-like. Prints were banished: Mugler’s clothes came in solid, dominating colours. Collars had exaggerated points or flamelike cutouts. The insect kingdom was a constant influence, as were the people of film noir. In his most extreme runway garments, PVC was often used, as were space and robot themes. Mugler’s fashion house did not survive the 1990s, though vintage versions of his more wearable designs are popular on auction sites like eBay.

Angel Men

1997 saw the start of a lucrative partnership with the French cosmetics and skincare company Clarins, the best-known Thierry Mugler fragrances being “Angel” (sometimes outselling Chanel No.5 in France) and “A-Men” fragrances.[1] The Thierry Mugler company is now best known for its perfume division: the couture division was closed in 2003, but, reopened for the Winter 2008 collection, helmed by Rosemary Rodriguez, formerly of Paco Rabanne, who has also created the label’s most recent ready-to-wear collections. A line of spectacle frames, created under various licensing agreements, is also available.

Thierry Mugler has since turned to other artistic interests. He has published two books of his fashion designs and photography, controversially inspired by Stalinist propaganda:[1] Thierry Mugler (1988) and Fashion Fetish Fantasy (1998). In 1992, Mugler directed the video for George Michael‘s single, “Too Funky,” featuring a parade of Mugler fashions including the famous[citation needed] motorcycle dress.

More recently, Mugler collaborated with Cirque du Soleil on its 2003 show “Zumanity” at the New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This is Cirque du Soleil’s first show for an adult audience.
Mugler serves as the main costume designer for Beyoncé Knowles‘ latest concert tour, I Am… Tour. Knowles selected Mugler for the position after becoming enamoured with several examples of his work at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s “Superheroes” exhibit in May, 2008. He has signed on to create a 58-piece wardrobe for Knowles, her dancers and band for the tour. However, Knowles’ own clothing lines House of Dereon and Dereon will also contribute to the wardrobe. Mugler’s input will extend to the role of “creative advisor”, as he will contribute to designing the entire show, from lighting to choreography, directing three of the portions of the production , “Dangerously in Love”, “Ave Maria” and the show’s finale. Several of his vintage pieces are seen thoughout Knowles’ videos incuding the leather carapice bodice in “Diva“, and a gold robotic suit in “Sweet Dreams“.

Christian Louboutin

In 1, Fashion, Style on August 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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Christian Louboutin (born 1964) is a footwear designer who launched his line of high-end women’s shoes in France in 1991. Since 1992, his designs have incorporated the shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. On March 27, 2007, Christian Louboutin filed an application for U.S. trademark protection of this red sole design.

As a child, Louboutin would regularly sneak out of school, from the age of 12, to watch the showgirls at some Paris nightclubs, because he was fascinated by their costumes, and cites this as his main inspiration for becoming a shoe designer: “[The showgirls] influenced me a lot. If you like high heels, it’s really the ultimate high heel – it’s all about the legs, how they carry themselves, the embellishment of the body. They are the ultimate icons.” Although Louboutin faced much opposition following his decision to leave school so early, he claims that his resolve was strengthened after watching an interview on TV with Sophia Loren in which she introduced her sister, saying she had to leave school when she was only 12 but when she turned 50 she got her degree. “Everybody applauded! And I thought, ‘Well, at least if I regret it I’m going to be like the sister of Sophia Loren!”


Christian Louboutin helped bring stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s, designing dozens of styles with heel heights of 120mm (4.72 inches) and higher. The designer’s professed goal is to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can.” While he does offer some lower-heeled styles, Louboutin is generally associated with his dressier eveningwear designs incorporating bejeweled straps, bows, feathers, patent leather and other, similar decorative touches.[3]

In his U.S. trademark application, Louboutin explains the inception of the signature red soles:

“In 1992 I incorporated the red sole into the design of my shoes. This happened by accident as I felt that the shoes lacked energy so I applied red nail polish to the sole of a shoe. This was such a success that it became a permanent fixture.”

Louboutin also received inspiration for his infamous, lethal-looking stilettos from an incident that occurred in his early twenties. He had visited a museum and noticed that there was a sign that forbade women to enter while wearing sharp stilettos, for fear of damage to the extensive wood flooring. This image stayed in his mind, and he later used this idea in his designs. “I wanted to defy that,” Louboutin has said. “I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered.” Christian Louboutin has topped The Luxury Institute‘s annual Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) for 3 years; the brand’s offerings were declared the Most Prestigious Women’s Shoes in 2007, 2008 and 2009.


Christian Louboutin’s designs have gained popularity among socialites and celebrities, several of whom have made public appearances sporting the signature red soles. For example,Christina Aguilera and Nicole Kidman were outfitted by the couture cobbler for their weddings. Other famous fans of his shoes include Tina Turner, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, Catherine Deneuve, Cameron Diaz, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker [8] [9]

A pair of size five black Christian Louboutin shoes once owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for £10,000 at a charity auction in 2005. [10]

Celebrities ranging from Angelina Jolie to Carrie Hoff to Mariah Carey,[11] are fans of Christian Louboutin shoes and many celebrities are now choosing his shoes as their red carpet accessories. Patti LaBelle signed an endorsement contract with the company to wear their shoes during her concerts and on the red carpet. Her favorite are the Diamond Encrusted pumps. Angelina Jolie has favored his designs on almost all red carpet appearances. In her movie ‘Wanted’, Angelina Jolie dons a pair as the assassin ‘Fox’, these beige round-toed Louboutin’s are from her personal collection. Anggun wore Christian Louboutin shoes in her “Si tu l’avoues / Crazy / Jadi Milikmu” video, the distinctive soles are plainly visible when she dances through the jolt upside-down camera’s rolling. As on the back cover of Anggun’s Elevation album, she wore Christian Louboutin golden heels shoes. Kylie Minogue also wore Christian Louboutin shoes in her “2 Hearts” video, which the magenta red soles are noticeable when she maneuvered on the piano. Britney Spears has been spotted wearing Louboutin shoes while clubbing in Los Angeles and at various court dates for her custody battle. Christina Aguilera is also a fan of Louboutin’s creations, often seen wearing them to events, and during her 2006-07 Back to Basics Tour. Madonna wore Christian’s black patent leather studded mary-janes in her Live Earth performance. Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki is also a fan of the brand, seen wearing platform peep-toe Louboutins in basic colors such as nude and black, as well as rhinestone pumps in a photo shoot for Sweet magazine, also Japanese jazz singer Shiina Ringo was noticed to wear a significant number of Louboutins during the promotion of her band’s CD Variety. Louboutin also designed shoes for hit pop sensation Mika which he wore at his July 4, 2008, show at Parc des Princes. In an episode of Cribs UK, Danielle Lloyd shows of her many styles of Louboutin’s shoes. Leigh Lezark and Rachel Bilson are also known fans of Christian Louboutin.Paris Hilton, Blake Lively and Amanda Bynes have also been spotted wearing the infamous red soled shoes.


Christian Louboutin currently has five boutiques in the United States. Two are located in New York, and one in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and in South Coast Plaza of Orange County. Stores are planned for Design District in Miami.

In Asia, the first Christian Louboutin boutique was opened in October 2007 on On Lan Street in Central, Hong Kong.

There are two in London, England. The original is in Motcomb Street. An additional one opened in Mount Street in 2008.

In addition to the stores a large proportion of sales are also done online through online stores and boutiques.

In Australia, you can find his shoes sold in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney in David Jones stores.

Recently, Louboutin opened his first store in South America in Shopping Iguatemi São Paulo. [12]

In addition, a standalone Louboutin store opened this year in Ngee Ann City, a high-end mall in Singapore on its famous shopping stretch, Orchard Road.


  • The Oprah Winfrey show featured Christian Louboutin and a collection of his shoes in a show dedicated to ‘the face behind the name’, Louboutins were on display around the set, with Oprah Winfrey describing the shoes as ‘pieces of art’.
  • Christian has recently collaborated with famous director David Lynch and they have created an exhibition featuring rare shoes by Louboutin, they are on show at the Pierre Passebon Gallery. The exhibition is named ‘Fetish’.
  • Rap artist Foxy Brown references the shoes in the first verse of her song “We On Fire” stating, “See it’s the Louboutin leopard pump Don Diva…”
  • R&B singer, Ciara‘s up coming “Crunk&B” single “High Price”, references Christian Louboutin stating, “See me in the club rockin’ Christian Louboutin.”
  • Jay-Z’s song “I Know” from the “American Gangster” album mentions Louboutin. “I am so dope, like Louboutin’s with the red bottoms, you gotta have ’em, you glad you got ’em.”
  • In Britney Spears’s music video, “If U Seek Amy“, she is seen wearing Christian Louboutin – Dillian Flower Pumps in Red.
  • In the film RocknRolla, One Two(Gerard Butler),stares at Stella’s(Thandie Newton) Louboutin’s and says “Nice shoes by the way”, to which Stella replies “Thank you. You will be able to afford a pair of your own in a couple of days.” referring to a multi million pound robbery they are about to commit.
  • The opening verse of the song “Knock You Down ” by Keri Hilson, featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo, references the brand: “Keep rockin’ and keep knockin’ / whether you Louboutin it up or Reebok’n”[13]
  • In the song from the R&B artist Keri Hilson from her album In A Perfect World featuring Keyshia Cole and Trina, Get Your Money Up, Trina states, “Gucci, Louboutin Boots, bags and more carats”


  1. ^ Christian Louboutin Declaration In Support of Acquired Distinctiveness
  2. ^ Christian Louboutin Trademark Application
  3. ^ Newsweek: The Sole of Sexiness
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  5. ^ Luxury Brand Status Index 2007: Footwear
  6. ^ Luxury Brand Status Index 2008: Footwear
  7. ^ Luxury Brand Status Index 2009: Footwear
  8. ^ Footwear News: Christian’s Cult
  9. ^ LA Times: Comfort? Piffle!
  10. ^ Shoes Sell For £10,000
  11. ^ Shoe god inspires sole-searching“. The Arizona Republic (online print edition). 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Metrolyrics: Knock You Down

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NY Mag: When French couturier Pierre Balmain founded his house in 1945, he, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenciaga were the design giants responsible for reenergizing lavish couture dressing after World War II. Balmain’s elegant, super-feminine looks were favorites among European royalty and Hollywood fashion plates like Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Sophia Loren. Since Balmain’s death in 1982, the glory days have dwindled. His assistant, Erik Mortensen, took over until 1990, and two years later, Oscar de la Renta joined the house. De la Renta designed Balmain couture from 1993 to 2002, and Laurent Mercier took over in 2003. But the house soon fell into financial hard times and was forced to file for bankruptcy. Investors revived Balmain in 2005, and brought on designer Christophe Decarnin, fresh from a decade’s work at Paco Rabanne. And for a label that was once known for ultraelegant evening attire with a draping and pleating focus, Decarnin’s appointment took it toward tough-chic, thigh-grazing, body-skimming looks—a sensibility that embraces the quintessential trendsetting French party-girl. Owner Alain Hivelin claims that sales have doubled since Decarnin’s appointment, projecting 2009 to amass $28 million in revenue (the clothes are notoriously expensive—a sparkly tee is $3,000, dresses are $12,000 to $22,000, and jackets are $5,000). Expansions are also in the works, adding staff, a shoe line with Giuseppe Zanotti, and the label’s first men’s collection in Paris in January 2009.

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