French footwear designer Christian Louboutin took the fashion world by storm in 1992 with the iconic red sole, a symbol synonymous with sensuous luxury today.
Honouring this impact on the fashion business, Louboutin was presented with the Couture Council’s award for Artistry of Fashion at the annual Couture Council Luncheon (a Museum of FIT fundraiser regarded as the unofficial curtain-raiser to New York Fashion Week) on Wednesday.
In his acceptance speech, Louboutin turned the clock back to the beginning and paid tribute to an old friend who helped him get started – Belgian fashion designer Diane von Furtsenberg.
“She’s my godmother, my sister, my traveling companion, my oracle and my partner in every crime,” he said in his acceptance speech. “She opened her arms to me almost 30 years ago when I sold my first collection of shoes in America from the table in her dining room — before I had an office.…She has supported me emotionally for all of my career, I owe her so much. More than that, I love her so much. And today is probably a good day to tell her, ‘I will never forget her for her dedication. I would like to share this award with her.”
In the past, Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik, Albert Kriemler, Thom Browne and Narciso Rodriguez have also been honoured with the same award.
Flaunt Your Red Sole
The luncheon, held at the Lincoln Center, saw hundreds of red lacquered soles dominating the event in tribute to the iconic designer.
One of the red-soled fashionistas in attendance was actress Priyanka Chopra who presented the designer with his award.
Standing tall in her white Louboutin sling-back pumps, Chopra shared her love for the brand: These iconic shoes that women around the world have worn make…each one of us real women, everyday woman when we wear these shoes, when we own our first pair, we achieve such a sense of achievement, a sense of pride. It gives you the little extra oomph that you need.”
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While the women strutted and waltzed down their way down the ramp in dreamy lehengas and bejewelled ensembles, it was the men that stole the show in tailored bandhgalas and glitzy jackets.
In Pic (L to R): Ayushmann Khurrana for Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Farhan Akhtar for Payal Singhal, and Hardik Pandya for designer Amit Aggarwal.