Christian Louboutin and Barbie at Net-a-porter

Hot off the wire from Net-a-porter….

“Barbie is such an icon; how could I resist such a collaboration?”  Christian Louboutin
When Barbie needed a hot pair of heels to celebrate her 50th year, it was always going to be Christian Louboutin to whom she would turn.  Little did she know the impact she was about to make on the leading shoemaker to the stars, when she became his muse and inspiration.

And so the seeds to a year long sojourn were sown, kick-starting with a reworking of his peep-toe classic in Barbie-licious hot fuchsia, with signature glossy red sole, which debuted at the Barbie runway show at New York fashion week earlier this year.  To some it would seem like a love affair, but to those close to the duo, Louboutin played the role of doting godfather seamlessly.

A fully documented photographic journey which sees them enjoying time together at Louboutin’s favourite spots, including: the gardens at The Louvre, his studio and country house, and his boat on The Nile, forms a diary-style calendar entitled ‘A Year in Paris‘.

Christian Louboutin has customised 3 dolls, inspired by Nefertiti and Marilyn Monroe, which feature a new terracotta tan skin tone, and having never before experienced the delights of such gravity-defying heels, a new in-step to enable her to take giant Louboutin steps for doll-kind.  However, a limited edition Christian Louboutin Barbie doesn’t end there; 4 Barbie-sized pairs of shoes accompany each doll, each in their very own Louboutin shoe boxes, in which delicate tissue paper reveals such miniature delights as lovingly crafted long leopard skin Christian Louboutin boots.

And in this modern age, which luxe retailer could best provide the right fashion sensibility to engage with such a project?  The slick gleaming machinery that is the global online luxury fashion portal NET-A-PORTER.COM, whose customers are already avid Christian Louboutin fans.

“We are so excited to be working with Mattel and to be part of the Christian Louboutin and Barbie journey.  Barbie is the ultimate dress up girl, Christian is the ultimate girl’s best friend and via NET-A-PORTER.COM their collaboration can now go global.” Natalie Massenet, Founder and Chairman, NET-A-PORTER.COM

A dedicated Barbie collector’s set, selling for £100, comprising the Christian Louboutin Barbie doll with a jewellery thief theme, together with the calendar, launches December 4th 2009.

Barbie art directed by Christian Louboutin is the first in a series of Barbie as Muse projects where iconic designers will interpret Barbie.
The wait-list starts here.


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