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Christian Louboutin turns 20

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Christian Louboutin has come a long way since he first created the iconic red-soled shoe in his workshop in Paris, twenty years ago.

His creations are now coveted by celebrities and shoe addicts all around the globe for their quality and visionary designs.

Now, to celebrate 20 years at the top of the shoemaking world, the designer has launched a capsule collection that references twenty of his most iconic styles, inspired by Louboutin's love for fine arts, design, the world of showgirls and cabaret and his passion for exotic destinations.

As Louboutin himself says, "In France, twenty years defines a generation. This is a celebration of the first generation of this brand; an anniversary of its first young adventure" Here is a little sneak peak at the sketches of the exclusive collection. Enjoy!

The Pensee

There could not be an anniversary collection without the Pensee, which the designer himself describes as "the shoe that inspired the red sole". We know many Louboutin lovers will go crazy for this rendition of the iconic shoe.

The Alta Dentelle

The designer showcased his love for the world of Cabaret with these boots. Stylish even if you aren't blessed with the legs of the Moulin Rouge dancer.

The Copt

The Copt is one of the brand's most iconic flat shoes. Inspired by a Coptic cross once bought from a local artisan from the Valley of Queens during one of Louboutin's trip to Egypt, the vibrant colour and delicate weaving make this shoe the perfect illustration of the designer's love for handicraft.

La Pluminette

Very few people know this, but Louboutin's earliest styles were designed for the feet of the cabaret dancers of Paris. Inspired by the beauty and exoticism of the French showgirls, La Pluminelle is embellished with light, delicate feathers.

This quirky design is perfect for any fashionista wishing to express her love for Louboutins from soles to toes.

The Artemis Paris

This exclusive bag is hand crafted in the designer's Parisian atelier using elements gathered from all over the world. The dramatic crystal shoulder piece is said to represent the dazzling French capital according to Louboutin. Paris has never looked so good before.

The Neuron

This cage design reminds us of the extreme pieces created for the David Lynch "Fetish" exhibition in Paris, if not a more wearable version for mere mortals to wear.

With creations such as these delicate sandals, the designer shows that he is not ready to take a bow anytime soon.

The collection, along with six one-of-a-kind bags, will make its debut in Selfridges from 27th February, before hitting Christian Louboutin stores from March.

Words: Elodie Russo

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