Christian Louboutin Beauty. How Do You Feel?

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Have you heard about Christian Louboutin launching a beauty collection? He teamed up with Batallure, an US based beauty company founded in 2006 and he will deliver us a Louboutin Beauté collection as soon as possible. Because, he said, it’s the next logical step in his evolution. I have to ask myself, though, since although globally worn and appreciated, Louboutin’s shoes are highly uncomfortable, what will his makeup be like… {wwd}

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#1 Ellington on 05.15.12 at 6:05 am

I would have thought that he would have gone into a beauty foot care line. That makes more sense to me and would coincide with his shoes.

#2 Riana on 05.15.12 at 7:28 am

Hmmm, good observation Ellington! The mass won’t buy foot care products. His shoe clients see their pedicure yet. My first thought was and I won’t hold back: “argh, another one who want to cash in with his name”. That’s how big brands make money after all. Selling products like this to the mere mortals whom can not afford his shoes.

#3 ana on 05.15.12 at 8:49 am

Honest question: what is the problem wanting to monetize on HIS OWN NAME, which by the way, was made BY HONEST and HARD WORK?
I see lots of anger here, sorry.

#4 kpriss on 05.15.12 at 8:51 am

over – hype. In my perspective. They’re just shoes, after all!

#5 Riana on 05.15.12 at 9:44 am

ana, that’s funny that my opinion made you angry too apparently ;)

Greed is killing the world and that angers me a lot. Greed by certain people has ruined the world economy and it’s never enough for the greedy people to cash in even more. Is this clear enough?
I live in the reality you see. And no, I am not bankrupt. Not yet anyway. I’m splashing money and grins all the time after yet another purchase: “I better spend my money nicely than to give it to yet another bonus for the bankers and managers!” :)

#6 ana on 05.15.12 at 9:46 am

To be totally fair, you are right. Only shoes.
but what one can do when suddenly everybody (for one reason or another) start to appreciate your work ? you just shut down doors? Have in mind that he(like Azzedine Alaya) didnt advertise for more than 15 years .
Look at Jimmy Choo for instance,,, less than one decade out there, and under work of some “financial engineering ” as I like to name it, it is valued at ONE BILLION dollars! one billion ? for a shoe store?? The same for Tory Burch…
I mean, Louboutin case is a completely different was due hard work. Well, I admit, I am biased . I met him while working and he turned out to be one of the kindest and nicest persons in fashion business.

#7 ana on 05.15.12 at 9:56 am

Riana:Wow!!! so you think that a cobbler, doing his work, helps to “ruin the world”…
You are mixing apples and oranges.
Well, if you have that line of thinking I am sorry but I stop here.

#8 Riana on 05.15.12 at 10:23 am

Well, if you stop there’s no use to reply right? Such a pity you did reply because I’d regret I did and I can not ask anymore to remove my comment now. Not that I think different. No. Not at all. I shouldn’t have written this here. That’s a huge mistake. I can’t deny that…..

#9 Ellington on 05.15.12 at 12:49 pm

Tinker, tailor, cobbler, that is what they were all called before the idea of couture came about. And ironically they were all trades and hard graft, but now they are considered “royalty” as such.
I see what Riana is saying, we are supersaturated with every designer, musician, actor, and models starting their own “line” of something. It is not as though they say ‘ I have something new and wonderful to offer the world”, it is more of how can I make more dosh.
And if that does sound negative ana, what do you think what it is that the motivates these designers? It is not done with alturism in mind, nor with finding a way to help people, it is as Puffy Diddy said in one of his songs “Its all about the Benjamins.”
Best of luck to Louboutin, I am sure that he is as you said ana, a nice man.

#10 ana on 05.15.12 at 1:18 pm

Well Ellington, but you cannot punish the good ones for the bad that came around. I totally agree on the topic of celebrities /actors/whoever doing fashion lines is gross. It is another of those “bubbles” but this one will not burst because fashion (clothes/shoes/accessories) is ephemeral. We will always need new items ,for plain pleasure or real necessity of daily life. But you know, at the end of the day, they are just selling, well, FROCKS… Thanks God they are not in the pharma business or something really important in our lives.
Answering your question: they are basically motivated by money. It is BUSINESS. It is not charity work.What is the problem about having a dream of a succesfull business? Mr Louboutin gives work for some 60 artisans in Italy. All his products are totally manufactured in EUROPE not in India/Paquistan/ etc…
But as I said to Riana , you can not mix those wannabe designers with the real ones as she can not mix a modelic single owned business with greedy bankers. They are different subjects to discuss.

#11 Ellington on 05.15.12 at 9:50 pm

ana, to be honest I am nonplussed about it all, and beyond tired of this money mongering that seems to go on. No one is saying Louboutin should not have a successful business, but what I am saying is this, do we really need another beauty line from another designer/celebrity ( and yes that what he is now due to the pedestal that he has been placed on)?
I wish him good luck with this latest endeavour but to be honest I will not be buying any of it.
And it is not really that hard to extrapolate the idea that single owned businesses( in this case designers of fashion goods) wish to make as much dosh as the greedy bankers into a sound argument.
You sound as if the designers live in some purified, rarified creative environment/grotto/studio where their creations are thrust upon them by one of the nine muses, and the bankers and the “wannabe designers” scribble things down in red crayon in some putrid sweatshop. It is a business and it is all about money now, the art of it has been left behind, but that is another thesis for another day time and space and not one for Kpriss’ fun blog.

#12 Ellington on 05.15.12 at 9:52 pm

Oh and what i said was not a question to be answered, it was rhetorical, because yes we all know it is about the money, power, clout and the getting more of it.

#13 kpriss on 05.15.12 at 11:21 pm

In some measures, I agree with all of you. Ana, I’m sure you’re right – him being a nice person, getting all this magna cum laudae shoes business through hard work only. But, sooner or later, they all fall prey to the overcashing thing.

And he may not be greedy and just money – focused, but I’m sure that there are plenty of “smart” people around trying to make an “honest” living out of Mr Louboutin’s hard work. Parasites. Feeding on the talent of others. Just because they can. Capitalizing on the entertainment business or real talent has become some sort of a religion. The “Benjamins” god is mightier than I’d be willing to admit.

I understand Riana’s bitter reaction as I can also manifest sheer anger towards today’s realities. I understand your defensive reaction, Ana, and I really wish I could be as optimistic as you are, sometimes. At least as far as fashion & style topics go, you seem such an enthusiast, most of the times!

I so understand and support Ellington’s debate – her discourse is always clean and spirited! I’m three espressos away from that, some days! ;)

If we would all agree about everything, at all times, it would be so dull around here! I love it when you’re sharing new perspectives, when you cast a new light on an old topic, when you bring new energy into the game!

Group hug? ;)

#14 Riana on 05.16.12 at 8:36 am

Pax? Always. Pax is my dream. And I suppose most people’s dream. At least I hope so :)
But I have to say I am not bitter Kpriss. And I wasn’t even angry when I wrote my first comment. I stated an honest opinion being very annoyed with what Ellington so well described. English is not my mother’s tongue after all.

Further I also like ana’s comments often because she also make me laugh a lot. Or she does make me see things from a different point of view. True story. We just have this “Louboutin thing” I believe?

So now this is of my chest I can join the group hug honestly ;) :)

#15 Ellington on 05.16.12 at 8:50 am

I am always for pax and a group hug! : )

#16 ana on 05.16.12 at 10:05 am

Oh sweetie Jesus, I didnt mean to sound that passional… I am very critical on the subject too.Sometimes too much. I was there for 10 years and left it just because of how diluted and “corrupted” fashion became. I obviously share some of your opinions girlfriends.
Group hug,FOR SURE :-)

#17 Riana on 05.16.12 at 4:39 pm

I love a peaceful end of the :) <3

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