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From Paris to the world
Welcome to the House that never sleeps! Creatively speaking at least. From new releases and must-have exclusives to store openings, exciting collaborations and more, there’s never a dull moment at Christian Louboutin.
The Loubi Show II
On Friday September 30th, Christian Louboutin presents The Loubi Show II in Paris, a concept with an original dance performance, illustrating the Spring/Summer 2023 collection. For the second season in a row the Maison proposes a live show to present its creation following the success of the Loubi Show I presented in March 2022 at Espace Niemeyer.
I've always been fascinated by dancers and people on stage. These women performing in marvelous costumes, standing in heels, going down vertiginous stairs with an inexpressible elegance.
The show takes place at the Gustave Eiffel Room located in the heart of the Eiffel Tower, one of the world's most recognizable landmarks. A powerful and distinctive symbol of the city of Paris, beloved home to Monsieur Louboutin. Set on the first floor overlooking the Parisian skyline, the space exhibits a transparent made-to-measure glass bridge stage supported by a red metallic frame featuring Christian Louboutin's signature heart. The bridge is placed in the center of the room providing a 360° view of the performance and the collection. The floor is covered by the house' iconic red carpet, evincing one of the Maison's most important color codes throughout the room.
And now let the Loubishow begin...
The show consists of thirteen diverse dancers wearing the Spring/Summer 2023 collection including a selection of fluorescent styles and the new LIPSTRASS HEEL, bringing the shoes to life. Interpreting a contemporary choreography, the performance gradually transfigures from a robotic movement into a humanized and emotional piece.
The sunset and final show features a live performance by French Dream Pop singer Vendredi Sur Mer, whose songs accompany the entire choreography. Amongst those, new singles from her latest album Metamorphose as well as one of her biggest hits ECOUTE CHERIE.
In addition to the shoes worn by the dancers during the performance, Christian Louboutin's is also unveiling more Spring/Summer 2023 styles beautifully displayed on metallic sinuous plinths. Focusing on new silhouettes and exquisite colors, the selection includes soft pastel styles and the new LOUBILA chain shoulder bag.
In order to create a connection between the digital and physical universes of the House, Christian Louboutin also offers a unique Web3 experience.
The House will gift a complimentary NFT (non-fungible token) to viewers of the exclusive online streaming of the "Loubi Show II," as well as to those lucky enough to see the show live at the Eiffel Tower. Attendees will receive a QR code that allows them to obtain a POAP designed by the House: the acronym for Proof Of Attendance Protocol, an NFT attesting to their presence at an exclusive event. A POAP is an NFT, therefore it is unforgeable and impossible to copy. POAPs are unique digital collectibles created in celebration of life's remarkable moments.
The Loubi Show II
L'Exhibition[niste] Chapter II
The large-scale exhibition, Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste], returns this summer in a new form and will be presented by the Grimaldi Forum Monaco from July 9 to August 28, 2022.
This second chapter will be devoted to the work and imagination of Christian Louboutin, the shoe designer and key figure in the world of fashion, who has drawn much inspiration from the Principality.
Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste], Chapter II has been redesigned by its curator, Olivier Gabet, Director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and will offer the public a new perspective on his work. Across a spectacular 2,000 m2 set, it will unveil previously unseen pieces related to the designer’s Monegasque inspirations, as well as new collaborations.
When Monaco organises exhibitions, they ensure free expression because the locations that host them can be transformed at will. At the Grimaldi Forum, I saw Bacon and Giacometti, two exhibitions that were conceived completely differently. There was a freedom in their design and narration that allowed me to re-imagine my own exhibition without constraint.
L'Exhibition[niste] Chapter II
Spring/Summer 2023 Men's presentation
Paris, June 23rd, 2022
This season, Christian Louboutin and Highsnobiety will host a collection presentation at Georges, within the iconic Le Centre Pompidou, the Parisian cultural hub for contemporary art.
It's at the top of this building, facing one of the most breathtaking view of Paris, that Christian Louboutin ties in with Highsnobiety to celebrate together, the launch of the Men Spring/Summer 2023 collection and preview the newest line: Dune.
Conceived as an immersive experience highlighting a combination of Christian Louboutin and Highsnobiety’s creative universes, guests head to the rooftop terrace of Le Centre Pompidou, taking tubular escalators built on a red concrete base. Upon arrival, they walk through a futuristic outdoor corridor comprised of red plinths in different heights inspired by the graphic red and black notches soles of the Dune line.
On them, a selection of dazzling evening shoes, new styles from the inclusive capsule Our Angels, and leather goods from new Techno CL perforated leather pattern are displayed.
The experience continues late into the evening with a cocktail party and musical performances in the space inspired by the collection’s graphic red soles. The floor to ceiling bay windows are covered with a gradient red filter, the soft haze creating the effect of an all-day sunset over the city of Paris.
Inside the space, a central scenography made of four aluminum panels arranged in a circular shape form a futuristic cocoon showcasing the new hero shoe: the Dune lug sole. Taking inspiration from the Maison’s signature niche displays, the Christian Louboutin and Highsnobiety designed panels serve to highlight eight variations of the newest addition to the collection.
After sunset, the party kicks into high gear with a 1-hour live performance by London-based musician CKTRL, best known for his modern sound which mixes classical jazz with electronic music elements, followed by DJ sets by Emma B, Kim Turnbull and Broodoo Ramses.
SS23 Men's presentation
The opening of Christian Louboutin : L’exhibition[niste]
Dance has always been a source of inspiration to me. I started as an intern at Les Follies Bergeres in Paris, helping the dancers with their everyday life. I wanted to design shoes for them. They were like night birds to me.
Performed by nine eclectic and instinctive dancers, the contemporary dance performance has been imagined as a tribute to one of Christian Louboutin first dreams, designing shoes for dancers. Set to bespoke music written by Natasha Atlas, the energy and rhythms emanating from the performers brings life and movement to a selection of styles from the Fall/Winter 2022 women’s collection. Utilizing lights and curtain motions, the dancers reveal the Hot Chick Sling, a new iconic style for the Maison offered in several shades and materials, as well as the ‘Loubi Mystery’ capsule, a group of styles exploring the theme of murder-mystery games designed by Christian Louboutin and his dear friend Parisian artist Yaz Bukey. To further explore the capsule, select styles are showcased on metallic podiums located in the corner of the dome.
The promenade leads to two additional areas highlighting key themes from the Fall/Winter collection: the Greekaba capsule and new iterations of the Maison’s Carasky bag. Featured on concrete podiums, which pay homage to the architect’s creative universe, the Greekaba styles are an invitation to Athens and the Cyclades Islands of Greece to join in on the adventures of Christian Louboutin and Miss Tependris, a fictional character imagined by Konstantin Kakanias, a Greek artist and friend of the designer. A second space reveals some new iterations to the Carasky family of bags. Inspired by Christian Louboutin’s passion for gems and crowns, the offer is expanded with new mini bucket and crossbody styles, all accented by the iconic oversized jewel-like embellishments.
The full experience will also be revealed online with a livestream available on a dedicated website alongside the @louboutinworld social media channels.
The Loubi Show
Fall for Loubillusions and discover Christian Louboutin’s Spring-Summer 2022 women’s collection.
After a few seasons exploring digital formats like Augmented Reality, 3D or the gaming platform Zepeto to reveal his new collections, Christian Louboutin imagined Loubillusions, a 360° physical immersive experience to unveil his Spring-Summer 2022 Women’s collection.
Step into Loubifuture to discover Christian Louboutin’s Spring-Summer 2022 men’s collection in augmented reality.
To unveil his Spring-Summer 2022 men’s collection, Christian Louboutin pursues his exploration of new digital territories with LoubiFuture. Following his avatars’ adventures on the animated gaming app Zepeto and the 3D interactive experience of LoubiAirways, LoubiFuture mixes augmented and extended realities to create a unique and immersive experience, wrapped in a colourful retro-futuristic aesthetic.
Featuring French singer Julien Granel - renowned for his vivid, pop universe - the first part of this animation uses extended reality to take you through a vibrant odyssey across many worlds. Supported by an original music track entitled Mirage, the video invites you to follow Julien in a Vaporwaved 80’s dream, leading you from neon skycrapers LoubiTown to a sunset on the beach, to The Grand Finale atop a tower in a jungle populated by a surreal tropical wildlife.
This epic journey leads into a double showroom where displayed styles from the new collection are available to view in augmented reality. The first room celebrates this season’s new sneaker: The Arpoador, a tribute to Christian Louboutin’s love for Brazil, named after the rocky junction that lies between Ipanema and Copacabana. These all-terrain sneakers are inspired by Brazilian modernist architecture and its love for curves are embodied in the sneaker’s flexibility and versatility. Modelled and inserted in a Vaporwave setting, the 5 colourways deconstruct and reconstruct themselves in a very casual way.
All styles are experienceable in real life with augmented reality through a QR Code to scan. The style is immediately modelized in the environment surrounding you and can be explored through all angles with a very precise sense of details dear to the designer.
Tomorrow is sooner than you think…
Welcome aboard Loubiairways
Fasten your seatbelt! Christian Louboutin invites you on Loubi Airways to discover his Fall-Winter 2021 women’s & men’s collections.
Bags cleared? Let’s board the Loubiplane, a space entirely redesigned with the House’s iconic details, from the red flooring to the seats customised with a bespoke print and seatbelts featuring the Loubi Airways logo. Imagined as a complete immersion into Christian Louboutin’s universe, the airplane journey is a succession of nine interactive animations featuring the key themes of the collection.
But safety first, the aircrew reinvents the traditional security video in an entertaining and stylish way. The tone is set! For more instructions, look at the card in front of your seat for in-flight styling tips highlighting this season’s lug sole range including sandals, boots and loafers, blending Christian Louboutin’s elegance with a contemporary vibe.
A whole new Loubi World
Welcome to Loubi World: Christian Louboutin’s first ever virtual presentation. Hosted on the Korean gaming application Zepeto, the designer will be unveiling his Women’s and Men’s spring-summer 2021 collections on October 2nd to the international press, his friends and his fans.
Modelled on a techno-kawaï version of his forever-muse Paris, this immersive experience sets the stage for his collections by recreating the places and moments dear to him - from a terrace with an imaginary view of the City of Lights and the Galerie Véro-Dodat where he opened his first store back in 1991, to a paved round square complete with a classic Parisian bistro, creperie, carrousel and the Morris columns. Upon arrival, guests will be teleported to the Loubi Boutique, a virtual version of the newly opened store on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, where they’ll be given carte blanche to style their self-created avatars using pieces from the new SS21 collection. A testament to Christian Louboutin’s love of social interaction and his curiosity for meeting new people, avatars will also be able to interact with their friends on the Loubi Terrasse, take selfies with the designer and snap photos and videos that they’ll be able to share via Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, Weibo and WeChat.
As ever, the debut of a new collection calls for a celebration and guests will be invited to let their hair down at the Loubi Disco – a nod to the designer’s teenage years at Le Palace – where French DJ Zimmer will be playing a set and US pop singer King Princess’ avatar will be giving a special performance later on in the night. An avid traveler and fan of avant-garde technologies, Christian Louboutin has always been eager to explore new and unchartered territories, whether IRL or virtually and this unprecedented event will welcome international guests and friends including AmiAya, Eunse Ki, Julien Granel, King Princess, Koffe (CJI Model), Larsen Thompson, Miss Paris, Nicky Doll, Quincy Brown, Rina Sawayama, Shudu (CJI Model), TK Quann, Yu Yamada and many more…
So, get your headphones at the ready to experience the music in fully immersive 8D audio and let’s get this party started!
The opening of Christian Louboutin : L’exhibition[niste]
Feeding his love of art and of the applied arts from a very early age, the designer has always cited the Palais de la Porte Dorée as one of his first influences. So what better place in which to hold the largest-ever exhibition devoted to the designer’s rich universe than the one that started it all? Exploring every facet of Christian’s multi-referential work, Christian Louboutin : L’Exhibition[niste] invites audiences to experience and understand his creative processes.
Showcasing the designer’s vision through a series of 12 chapters, these historic and artistic pieces, many of which come from Christian’s private collection and have never been shown to the public before, are exhibited alongside exclusive collaborations paying tribute to his admiration for the skills of craftsmen.
To celebrate the inauguration of this milestone, a cocktail party was held on Monday 24th of February where guests were given an exclusive preview of the exhibition. Among them were many celebrities and influencers including Dita Von Teese, Janelle Monae, Monica Bellucci, Charlotte Rampling, Karlie Kloss, Clothilde Courau, Juliette Binoche, Arielle Dombasle and Vincent Darré, Rossy de Palma, Blanca Li, Sabyasachi and Imran Qureshi.