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.Dr. Louboutin.
 
From Crazy Horse to FIT Degree: Christian Louboutin. The Fashion Institute of Technology awarded revered shoe French designer with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. The honour is the latest instalment in Louboutin’s on-going relationship with the top American fashion school. Previously, Louboutin delivered a speech about launching a successful fashion business to students in FIT’s fashion programme. Christian Louboutin’s Carpe Diem. The French designer also stressed the importance of enjoying the process of work.  “If I may tell you something today… do not necessarily pursue a very specific target. Be more gentle with yourself, be more supple with yourself. Enjoy the process of every day.  It is the journey all of these ‘every days’ which constitute your career, not a precise target.  An achievement is not one day in the future; it is the sum of all these moments where you have learned and loved and nourished your passion,” he said.
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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN



Dr. Louboutin
23 years of red soled shoegasms

Christian Louboutin awarded honorary degree from FIT. He drives ladies crazy who drive their men totally crazy with their red sole high heeled hyper sexy shoes. There’s only one name in the fashion industry that comes to mind when we hear that shoe description – Christian Louboutin. Celebrated for his vertiginously high stilettos with their signature lacquer-red soles, Louboutin has achieved cult status with celebrities, models as well as fashionistas. The French designer says
The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable and the color of passion.

With 91 boutiques worldwide including a number of dedicated Men’s boutiques and too many red carpet credits to count, the ‘sammy-red bottom’ shoes  of Christian Louboutin command awe and respect in the celebrity world. Bringing stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s has in itself made Christian Louboutin a very sought-after brand. His clientele includes a list of high-profile celebrities who have patronised him – Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckam, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez (who even wrote a song about his sexy heels),  Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Kardashian, but the designer has revealed that his
supertop customer is actually author Danielle Steel. “She comes to Paris, and she literally buys everything, Louboutin says of the novelist, who reportedly owns in excess of 6,000 pairs. Then she flies back to New York, says, 'I'm a little disappointed - there's nothing in the store,' and walks out with 80 pairs. She is super.

The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York awarded Louboutin with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree following his candid keynote speech at its graduation ceremony. The honour is the latest instalment in Louboutin’s on-going relationship with the top American fashion school. In 2008, The Museum at FIT and FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies graduate students produced Sole Desire, the first museum exhibition of Louboutin’s work.
Christian Louboutin delivered a commencement speech to the Fashion Institute of Technology’s graduating class in New York.
Speaking to the students, the the most important luxury shoe designer  of our day stressed the importance of following their passions and living well, noting three key themes: the power of friendship, the freedom to pursue all options and the significance of leaving doors open. Drawing from personal experiences of friendship, freedom and leaving doors open, his speech advised the students not to listen to preconceived ideas. “People tell you not to sleep where you work, but I slept in my design studio for eight years! People tell you not to work with your best friends, but I started my company 23 years ago with my two best friends, and 23 years later, we are still three best friends.” Louboutin said.
The Paris-born designer built his career after working for other fashion houses. He began his career as an apprentice at the famous cabaret Folies Bergeres in 1980, creating designs for the music hall’s exotic dancers.

In 1982, he landed an internship at Charles Jourdan, Christian Dior’s shoe manufacturer, which also networked him to freelance opportunities at prestigious design houses such as Maud Frizon and Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Roger Vivier.
Louboutin told students that not everyone is meant to start their own company and there is no shame in working for someone else as long as there is room to grow.
Freedom is a key thing, it's very important for me. Freedom is different for everyone. For me, it meant having my own company but not everyone can do that, and you can be just as happy working for someone else, as long as there is respect for your freedom, he said.

Christian Louboutin’s Carpe Diem. The French designer also stressed the importance of enjoying the process of work.  “If I may tell you something today… do not necessarily pursue a very specific target. Be more gentle with yourself, be more supple with yourself. Enjoy the process of every day.  It is the journey all of these ‘every days’ which constitute your career, not a precise target.  An achievement is not one day in the future; it is the sum of all these moments where you have learned and loved and nourished your passion,” he said.

Over the years, despite investors’ offers and other licensing offers, Louboutin maintains private ownership of his company. He says this allows him more creative freedom and to maintain a singular vision—one based on his love of travel, his taste for the exotic, and his passion for the arts, from landscape architecture to cinema.
FIT President Joyce Brown lauded the designer for his influence and contribution to the design world when conferring the honorary degree. “Your blend of artistic expression, coupled with the practical imperatives of business, make you a true role model for our students,” she said.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN / NOT TO BE MISSED

A seminal volume entitled ‘Christian Louboutin’ charts the success of the company over the last two decades and is available now, published by Rizzoli. A work of art in itself, with a five-piece foldout binding and a pop-up, Christian Louboutin is an enticing and revelatory look at the most important luxury shoe designer of our day.

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