French footwear star Christian Louboutin has filed suit against rival Yves Saint-Laurent in New York, alleging a deceitful use of red soles on YSL‘s women’s shoes.
The million-dollar suit for “trademark infringement, unfair competition and false designation of origin” filed on Thursday in Manhattan claims Louboutin was the first to come up with the idea of a scarlet sole on its luxury heels.
Louboutin — whose glam footwear was a focus of conversation on the TV series “Sex and the City” — charges that YSL’s use of red soles amounts to deception.
World-famous designer Jimmy Choo may have come a long way since working in his family’s humble shoemaking business in Malaysia, but he never forgot his dad’s dedication to perfect footwear.
In fact, the Penang-born Choo, whose Haute Couture shoes are coveted by royalty and the likes of Madonna and Michelle Obama, says that shoemaking is in his blood.
“I felt destined to be in the shoemaking business,” he told AFP during a recent interview in Hong Kong, where some of his shoe sketches were auctioned off to raise money for poor students in China.
Designers Studio XAG have created a window installation in London for fashion designer Christian Louboutin, spelling out the brand name in bright neon lettering.
The window is furnished with a neon arrow and an array of backlit oversized perspex letters decorated with bulbs.
Christian Louboutin teamed up with photographer Khoung Nguyen for his Spring Summer 2011 lookbook titled “Louboutin Spring Summer Tour”.
The Christian Louboutin Rollerboy Spikes has been unveiled in a new beige suede for Spring/Summer 2011.
Nine years after exiting the men’s shoe business, luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo will be re-entering the market with new shoes slated for Fall/Winter 2011.
The much-awaited collection will include dress shoes, moccasins, casual biker boots, sneakers and evening slippers for the fall 2011 season.
The new range will be produced in Italy with initial distribution limited to 30 men’s specialty stores and department stores worldwide.
Footwear designer Edmundo Castillo has produced a pair of LED light-up sandals to pay homage to the latest Hollywood blockbuster “Tron: The Legacy”.
Made from the same electroluminescent material used for the costumes in the film, the “Light Sandals” will be sold at Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,650 from February 1.
The Puerto Rican designer is a footwear industry veteran and formerly worked for the venerable Italian brand Sergio Rossi.
Westin has become the latest global hotel chain to partner with a sportswear manufacturer, announcing a collaboration with fitness brand New Balance.
The luxury hotel brand said December 14 that it will provide guests with New Balance sneakers and sportswear to use when staying.
In-room exercise programs that include stretching, cardio and yoga will also be developed for guests by New Balance’s “Fitness Ambassador” Holly Perkins, along with tips affecting travelers such as ways to combat jet lag and nutrition advice.
Sergio Rossi has teamed up with French painter Claude Viallat to design three sets of six pairs of boots, each of unique style and beauty.
The collection has been presented in Paris during an exclusive event at Bernard Ceysson Gallery in conjunction with Fiac, Parisian contemporary art fair.
French Luxury Shoemaker Christian Louboutin plans to open two stores in China next year, propelled by the rising incomes of Chinese shoppers.
The first-ever Beijing standalone store is slated to open in July 2011, followed by a Shanghai boutique in December 2011.
Louboutin said in a recent interview with Bloomberg that he may operate as many as five stores in China in the next three years.
Business-wise, it’s a smart move. China, the world’s second largest luxury goods market, is expected to become the biggest market in the next five years.
Nearly 8,000 customers across America weighed in on 23 designer shoes in the online Footwear News Sexy Shoes contest.
The winning pair, by French footwear designer Christian Louboutin, was revealed during a special event on October 14 at the upscale New York department store Saks Fifth Avenue.
Louboutin took the grand prize for his Swarovski crystal-embellished Maralena mesh peep-toe pumps ($2445).
UK-based department store chain Selfridges has unveiled the worldâ€™s biggest shoe department (35,000 sq ft) named Selfridges Shoe Galleries in London, designed by Canadian architect Jamie Fobert.
The Shoe Galleries houses more than 5,000 shoes from 120 brands, including 35 new labels and more than 30 exclusive styles designed just for the retailer.
The space includes 11 â€œapartmentâ€ boutiques for the departmentâ€™s premiere labels – including, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Dior, Prada, and Gucci – which were each designed in accordance with the labelsâ€™ distinct looks.
Designer denim used to be the go-to strategy of luxury labels to lure in new customers, but now it seems as if trainers are the new jeans.
While brands like Dior, Hugo Boss, and LV have long been in the market of men’s designer trainers – with the latter’s collaboration with rapper Kanye West selling out in no time last year – women’s counterparts are just now gaining momentum.
Lanvin and Pierre Hardy launched successful ranges, Gucci inuagurated its Icon Temporary pop-up store in London last week to promote its new line of sneakers designed by hip music producer Mark Ronson.
Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo has unveiled its first range of trainers.
Made from exotic purple snakeskin, patent leather and silver suede, these sneakers combine a hint of old school trainer style with a glamorous cool look.
The 8 designs are being snapped up so quickly, however, that a lengthy waiting list has been set up in advance of their arrival next month on jimmychoo.com.
A series of retouched photographs for the promotional campaign of the new collection of Christian Louboutin shoes led by photographer Khuong Nguyen.
These pictures make you dream and make us plunge into the world of Alice in Wonderland, the Little Mermaid or Snow White.
At an astonishing price of $10,000 per pair, Louis Vuitton is offering what are perhaps the worldâ€™s most expensive pair of menâ€™s dress shoes for S/S 2010.
The wingtip is called the Manhattan Richelieu and is handmade using Blake construction (to make the leather as supple as possible).
This pair of Louis Vuitton menâ€™s shoes has a hand-painted leather sole and a ruthenium-finish LV cube embedded in the leather heel.
Specially designed and crafted to compliment the SLS AMG, the Santoni driving shoes are certified by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile.
Currently available in classic black, these shoes will soon be available in a variety of colors to match your luxurious car.
Italian design label Armani has teamed up with sports label Reebok for a new line of running shoes, introduced during the men’s fashion shows in Milan.
The new EA7 collection, which consists of sporty (The Runner) and more sophisticated styles (Mega Chic), comes after fellow Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo launched sneakers with Yohji Yamamoto and Kanye West’s successful design stints for Louis Vuitton and Nike sneakers.
Combining fashion and fitness in shoes isn’t completely new then — however, Armani’s translation could be the most sports-focused yet.
Adidas and porsche design have collaborated on a new collection of footwear for the spring / summer season of 2010, focusing on the theme of ‘water / snow’.
With the Spring/Summer 2010 collection Porsche Design Sport enters its seventh season.
The footwear highlight product is the “AC Bowman” (above), which uses shock-absorbing adiPRENE.