Louboutin unveils new nude styles

When fashion expands to include a variety of sizes, skin tones and ethnicities, it’s always revolutionary. But when brands continue to be proactive on this front, that’s straight up inclusive.

Take Christian Louboutin, for example. According to ELLE, the global brand has expanded their four-year-old Nudes Collection to include two high-heelded sandals available in seven different shades of nude. The move follows recent steps to not only increase the number of nude shades from five to seven, says ELLE, but to also add a ballerina flat to their line.

These new styles, however, take their Nude Collection to new heights — literally. ELLE says the Christeriva style is a “ballet-inspired stiletto” sandal that features a grosgrain ribbon ankle wrap, similar wraps around the toes and a nearly four-inch heel.

The Cherrysandal, however, adds a bit more stability, featuring a five-and-a-half inch block heel secured by transparent PVC straps, an ankle strap and a single strap across the toes.

So how much will these nude beauties cost? ELLE says the Christeriva style will hit you for $875, while the Cherrysandal comes in at $20 higher for $895.

Saks kicks off ‘Key to the Cure’

When the biggest names in fashion join forces, you know it’s going to be for a good cause. And that’s exactly why Saks Fifth Avenue, Christian Louboutin and Halle Berry are all stepping up to stand up to cancer.

According to InStyle, Saks has teamed up with Stand Up to Cancer and the Entertainment Industry Foundation for their 18th annual “Key to the Cure” campaign. Serving as this year’s official ambassador for the retailer’s fundraising campaign to fight cancer is Halle Berry, who, according to InStyle, will wear “an exclusive, limited-edition T-shirt designed by Christian Louboutin in the campaign images.”

Berry shared the importance of the initiative, as well as her hopes for the cause in a statement, reports InStyle, saying, “I, like so many others, have been touched by cancer, which is why I’m proud to continue to lend my support to the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer in serving as this year’s Key to the Cure ambassador … I hope everyone will join me in supporting this critical cause by purchasing a Key to the Cure T-shirt.”

InStyle says Louboutin also commented on the campaign, explaining that designing the shirt for the campaign furthers his mission to “help women feel beautiful, and I hope that this T-shirt empowers those who wear it.”

While the campaign has already raised nearly $40 million in its 18-year history, according to Saks Fifth Avenue President Marc Metrick, you can help further cancer research by purchasing a campaign T-shirt for $35 “beginning Oct. 1 at all Saks Fifth Avenue locations in U.S. and Canada as well as on saks.com and saksoff5th.com,” according to InStyle.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the shirts will be donated to Stand Up to Cancer, according to InStyle.


Prepare for the Piloutin

When Christian Louboutin releases a new design, you know it’s going to be good. And his Spring/Summer 2016 handbag design is better than good — it’s stunning.

According to ELLE, the designer created the dreamy Piloutin bag for his Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The bag, says ELLE, is “inspired by the pillow on which Cinderella’s glass slipper was presented,” and is, according to Louboutin, “the bag you want to cuddle.”

There are currently seven styles of the Piloutin available for purchase, and each bag draws upon different sources of inspiration, such as “spice, fire, ocean waves, and Mumbai,” says ELLE. Besides their inherently regal feel, Louboutin enhances the royal vibe of the Piloutin by covering the bags in “embroidery, leopard meets spikes, and strass,” according to ELLE.

The collection includes several solid styles with an edgy spiked trim, while others feature classic floral and damask patterns, providing options for all tastes. The price for such regal fashion: styles range from $990 up to $3,495.

To check out Louboutin’s Piloutin styles, click here.

Nude for all

Christian Louboutin took one step to become more inclusive in December 2015 when the luxury brand featured size 12-14 model Clementine Desseaux in their social media campaign for their line of rouge lipsticks. Three months later, the brand is making headlines yet again for thinking beyond the norm.

According to Who What Wear, Louboutin has created and unveiled nude shoes that represent a range of different skin tones. Redefining “nude” to be indicative of the term’s true relative nature to a person’s unique skin color, Louboutin has released the shoes in “seven different hues to match a much wider range of skin tones,” reports Who What Wear’s Erin Fitzpatrick.

A photo posted on Instagram from the brand reveals four of the new shades, showing just how many variations there are from the “typical” nude.

Touting a “spectrum of nudes,” a triptych of photos on the company’s Instagram shows shades ranging from a rich chocolate tone to a more intermediate tan to what would be considered a traditional nude.

The caption of the middle installment of the series sums up the line’s aim in this way:

 “Seven shades of nude ensure every woman can meet her match.”

To shop the collection, click here.


Take Her Look [For Less]

Snow isn’t the only bright white we’ve seen this winter.

On Friday, Feb. 5, Rachel McAdams took to the red carpet of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, continuing the awards season circuit for her role in Spotlight, in which she plays journalist Sacha Pfeiffer.

Attending a screening of her film in what PopSugar says is a Jonathan Simkhai burnout midi dress, McAdams paired her stark white number with Christian Louboutin heels and some flashy diamonds.

McAdams’ film festival ensemble makes for a no-fuss look, but its price, however, is not so simple. The sleeveless burnout midi dress is available at Neiman Marcus for a lofty $1,295, and let’s not forget that she’s also wearing Louboutins, which are always pricey. While her look may cost upwards of $1,200, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her entire look for under $200. Read on for the results!

McAdams’ Jonathan Simkhai dress is certainly unique, but we were able to find its perfect replacement in the form of the Tiger Mist One Love Lace Midi Dress from Forever 21. Featuring a similar spaghetti strap construction and a lace skirt to rival her quasi-mermaid look, this dress will deliver a sweet style reminiscent of McAdams’ ensemble for only $89.90.

forever 21 tiger mist

The Tiger Mist One Love Lace Midi Dress, found on Forever21.com.

Capping off our look for less is a sleek pair of white pointed-toe heels, and our shoe of choice is the Madden Girl Ohnice pump from DSW. These heels will take your look to new heights for only $44.95.

Madden Girl Ohnice pump

The Madden Girl Ohnice Pump, found on DSW.com.

While McAdams’ film festival look costs well beyond her Jonathan Simkhai dress’s $1,295 price tag, our look-alike ensemble will only set you back $134.85 — and don’t forget to add a bright red lipstick to polish off your look!

Happy Shopping!


Christian Louboutin Features Clementine Desseaux

Christian Louboutin launched over 20 years ago, and quickly became a premiere luxury brand with its classic pumps in timeless silhouettes. But for the first time since the brand’s launch, Christian Louboutin has cast a plus-size model in their new lipstick ad campaign.

According to Cosmopolitan, model Clementine Desseaux is now the face of Christian Louboutin’s social media campaign for its line of rouge lipsticks. It was only three years ago that the now 27-year-old model moved to New York to revamp her career after having difficulty finding work as a size 12-14 model in Paris. Now, Desseaux can be seen front and center in the latest video for Louboutin’s rouge lipsticks wearing the brand’s Rouge Matte Velvet Lipstick.

Desseaux spoke to The Daily Mail on the difficulties she faced as a model in Paris, explaining that although it wasn’t easy to be a curvier model when she was beginning her career, things are starting to change in the fashion industry.

“You would never have dreamed of seeing a plus-size model used in a campaign for a French brand like Louboutin a few years ago,” she said. “The tide is turning and it is about time. Louboutin now needs to be recognized for their giant leap and women need to get behind such a big statement and join the body positive movement.”