Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Christian Louboutin
Where: The 92nd Street Y, New York
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $50
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Expelled from school at age 16, Louboutin went to work at the famed Parisian cabaret Folies Bergère. He did all sorts of jobs for the dancers, but the one that fulfilled his dream was making shoes for them. Then, in the early ’80s, he landed a job with Charles Jourdan and learned the ins and outs of the shoe business. Ten years later, Louboutin set up his own shop in Paris. He found the inspiration for his trademark red outer soles in 1993. “My assistant was sitting there, painting her nails red. I took one look and decided to color my soles red as a statement for the season. I thought, ‘Oh my god! Red soles are so flirtatious,’ and my customers asked me not to stop.” Discover how the inspiration he described as “a courtesan living out her life in a circus” has turned his surrealistically beautiful shoes into an international success story when he sits down with Fern Mallis, the award-winning creator and organizer of New York Fashion Week.Buy tickets/get more info now