Today in Disney-princess news, famed footwear designer Christian Louboutin has partnered with Walt Disney Studios to create a “Cinderella” slipper. This development makes sense—after tirelessly promoting countless movies, books, songs, merchandising deals, and even video games , Cinderella deserves a slipper upgrade.
But it’s also slightly confounding: Louboutin’s signature design, after all, is a stiletto with a harlot-red-lacquered sole, most famously worn by television’s foremost fictional sex columnist, Carrie Bradshaw. Perhaps Disney is finally acknowledging Cinderella’s sex appeal .
Making an event of displaying Louboutin ‘s “personal archive” is a bit of a challenge, too. The Design Museum has gone for moody lighting, cabaret music and mirrored shelving, upmarket shoe-shop style, which has the effect of exaggerating still further the heights of the heels, some of which are so thin, so long, and so metallic, they could double as radio aerials.
The mirrors also draw attention to Louboutin ‘s signature red sole, which the designer recently tried to stop anyone else using. You can see why he thought it worth going to court: a flash of that sole is a saucy exclamation mark, a suggestion of a lascivious tongue. It’s all of a piece.
While the red is only available online for now, it will soon be stocked in Louboutin boutiques and concessions where it will be joined by 30 more shades inspired by the designer’s archive. As the names suggest, “pops” are vibrant and playful, “noirs” feature intense blues, blacks and greens and “nudes” range from vanilla to chocolate.