Louboutin was pictured surrounded by nude dancer at the Paris venue before they put on a cabaret show to remember.
Growing up in Paris, the shoe designer Christian Louboutin used to sneak into the second half of cabaret shows when no one was looking.
Fast forward, Louboutin is the first guest asked to create part of a show for the Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse.
His shoes have adorned the feet of millions of women including celebrities, royalty and the fashion elite. But when it came to his directorial debut last night at the Crazy Horse, it’s doubtful anyone was paying attention to Christian Louboutin‘s red soles.
Wearing gold and red stiletto booties, dancers were choreographed by the “guest creator” and his team for a press presentation last night ahead of a three-month run.
Louboutin directed four unique tableaux, with the British knitwear designer Mark Fast creating costumes. Finding inspiration from such diverse places as hip hop music to art masterpieces – all of which constitute “a personal look at femininity in all its forms,” according to the man himself.
Assisted by Patricia Folly, choreographer and dancer at Le Crazy, Louboutin has brought on board a medley of talented artists – including David Lynch and Swizz Beatz to compose the original music, Gilles Papain for the video design, and Youssef Nabil, who created the poster for the show.
The show, called Feu – the French word for ‘fire’ – will preview on Sunday, March 4th and remain in the repertoire of the dancers until May 31.
“Crazy Horse is an iconic Paris monument, a monument to dance, a fantastic, modern idea of the celebration of women for women,” Louboutin told vogue.co.uk.
“Because of what I do, for these numbers I have focused on the lower half of the body, rather than the top. The language of legs can express any and every feeling, and without giving too much away, the body becomes the Flame.”
“Christian Louboutin and Crazy Horse Paris are symbols of Parisian life whose worlds know no borders; symbols of the world of creativity, wonder and modernity,'” Andrée Deissenberg, managing director of Crazy Horse Paris Group Paris Group, said.
“They share the same sources of inspiration – women, of course, but also the world around them – and both are exceptionally skilled at producing unique and surprising creations. This is why Christian Louboutin was the natural choice as our first guest creator.”
He will however, not be starring in the show, preferring to remain on the sidelines. Louboutin recently revealed how proud of he s of the collaboration.
He said in an interview: “It’s a great thing.”
“Showgirls were actually my first (design inspiration), so it’s really funny that after so many years of having [created footwear] for showgirls in my imagination, I ended up really working with them.”
Cabaret was the spark for some of his first collections, Louboutin said, but “designing shoes inspired by the women of the cabaret and making shoes for actual dancers to dance in are two different things.” He was handling a pair of gold leather shoes made up of the letters CRAZY sewn together, featuring 5-inch heels and 4-inch arches, which are “typical for dancers,” he said.
“I learnt a lot here about designing to play with the spotlight on stage and what pops and what doesn’t,” he said, adding that he planned to embellish the shoes with ruby-like gems.
Louboutin opened his first boutique on in Paris in 1991 with Princess Caroline of Monaco as his first customer.
He recently published a coffee table book charting his iconic designs and inspirations, featuring Louboutin‘s fans such as Dita Von Teese, Diane Von Furstenburg and Kristin Scott Thomas.
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