If you thought the debut nail polish from Christian Louboutin was pricey at $50 per bottle, think again. Now, he’s upping his beauty game tenfold with the premiere of Starlight, a limited edition holiday launch that retails for a cool $675.

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The bottle holds the label’s signature red shade, Rouge Louboutin – but it’s the 1,500 hand-applied, two-toned Strass crystals that tip the price well over the $600 mark. And the box it comes in? Black lacquer decorated with leather and crystal flowers like the ones on the brand’s Pensamoi shoe.

Although I’d prefer a pair of red-soled shoes for the same price, I wouldn’t complain if this blinged-out nail polish turned up in my stocking.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 18, 2014

It’s no shock that Louis Vuitton, part of the monogram elite, would craft an entire collection in honor of its beloved L.V. initials. For its “Celebrating Monogram” collaboration, the French fashion house tapped the creative genius of six influential designers, artists, and architects, including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, and Frank Gehry. In 160 years of business, the LV pattern has catapulted to one of the world’s most recognizable brand logos – but this group was asked to reinterpret as they saw fit.

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September 11, 2014

Many consider heels to be wearable works of art – including the Brooklyn Museum. On September 10, the New York institution will launch a 160-piece exhibit, Killer Heels, that explores the high heel’s long history and its enduring place in fashion.

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August 26, 2014

 
Both on and off the red carpet, celebs continue to favor a clean white palette. From film premieres to sidewalk strolls, this pared-down look provides a blank canvas for trending silhouettes and accessories.

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1. Maggie Gyllenhaal wowed in Derek Lam at the New York premiere of Frank.

2. Heidi Klum sported a Marchesa slip dress and Christian Louboutin pumps.

3. Olivia Palermo paired a breezy ensemble with Aquazzura heels and sunglasses from her Westward Leaning collection.

4. Jessica Alba wore her white Max Mara trousers with an alice + olivia top for a retro sophisticated look.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 8, 2014

One of the biggest names in shoes has officially introduced his moniker to the beauty business. Christian Louboutin Beauté, a long-rumored extension of the shoe designer’s label, just launched with a flagship red nail polish leading the way. Titled “Rouge Louboutin,” the varnish is packaged in a faceted glass bottle with a calligraphy-inspired cap, playing off the eight-inch heel height of his tallest shoe, the Ballerina Ultima. A stiletto-shaped bottle is an obvious choice, but it’s also a nod to Louboutin’s first red soles in 1992, which were literally painted with nail polish.

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Not unlike a pair of his coveted red soles, “Rouge Louboutin” doesn’t come cheap. Currently the only hue available, the signature crimson shade will run you $50. Start contributing to your Louboutin fund – 30 more colors will debut on August 31. Until I can afford my own pair, I’ll settle for sporting red on my toes instead of my soles.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 24, 2014

Let’s get some shoes. (Remember that viral video? Never gets old.)

1. Christian Louboutins make us see red. Red soles, that is.

2. Sparkles. Bows. Chunky heels. Bring on the Miu Mius.

3. You can always count on Charlotte Olympia designs to look like they came straight out of a fairy tale.

4. Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite shoes? Manolo Blahniks.

5. What would we do without (Jimmy) Choo

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January 7, 2014

We don’t all look the same naked. Skin shades vary. So when it comes to designing a nude pump – you know, the quickest route to longer, slimmer-looking legs – why should there be just one color option?

Christian Louboutin has responded to that very question, releasing a range of pumps matching various shades of melanin. According to the designer himself,  the shoes “become a fluid extension of her leg, as in a sketch, elongating the silhouette.” Best part? There’s also a Louboutin Shades app. Take a photo of your bare feet and it’ll tell you which shade of nude best suits you.

But, I must ask – why stop at luxe pumps? The concept that not all humans are “nude,” by product-color standards, is long overdue in the fashion world. For now, strides are being made here and there (intimates have begun taking a more realistic path, like these thongs by Cosabella). But what about, say, slips? Handbags? There’s still a long way to go until the norm is actually normal.

Now – excuse me while I go scare up some cash for a pair of my own progressive red-soled wonders.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 15, 2013

Christian Louboutin has been designing luxury shoes since 1991, but it wasn’t until a year later that his now immediately recognizable (and trademark-protected) red soles were born. As for how they came to be? It was a total spur-of-the-moment stroke of genius – and a story best told by the shoe legend himself:

 

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February 28, 2013