The Making of Christian Louboutin’s ‘Ballerina Ultima’

Watch how the Louboutin atelier brings a work of art to life.

If you caught David Lynch’s surrealist video for the launch of Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour last week, you probably noticed a particular moment in the film where the spiked heel of the ballet-inspired Ballerina Ultima shoe and a circular swatch from the red of the sole separated to create the already iconic nail varnish. If the message wasn’t clear enough, Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour’s groundbreaking packaging was inspired by the Ballerina Ultima shoe, the tallest heel Christian Louboutin ever created. Brings to mind that universal credo: “The higher the heel, the closer to heaven.” Take a glimpse at stills from the overall made-to-measure process in the designer’s French atelier and watch the video after the jump to see how Christian Louboutin’s artisans create one of the designer’s best know “objets d’art” in twelve steps: Forme, Patronage, Coupe, Shaping, Pattern, Cutting, Piquage, Stitching, Montage, Assembling, Bichonnage, Finishing Touches.

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Forme: First things first: The wooden form of the Ballerina Ultima.

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If you caught David Lynch’s surrealist video for the launch of Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour last week, you probably noticed a particular moment in the film where the spiked heel of the ballet-inspired Ballerina Ultima shoe and a circular swatch from the red of the sole separated to create the already iconic nail varnish. If the message wasn’t clear enough, Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour’s groundbreaking packaging was inspired by the Ballerina Ultima shoe, the tallest heel Christian Louboutin ever created. Brings to mind that universal credo: “The higher the heel, the closer to heaven.” Take a glimpse at stills from the overall made-to-measure process in the designer’s French atelier and watch the video after the jump to see how Christian Louboutin’s artisans create one of the designer’s best know “objets d’art” in twelve steps: Forme, Patronage, Coupe, Shaping, Pattern, Cutting, Piquage, Stitching, Montage, Assembling, Bichonnage, Finishing Touches.

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Forme: First things first: The wooden form of the Ballerina Ultima.

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Cutting: Once everything has been measured and sized to create the perfect pattern, the cutting process can begin.

 

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Assembling: Creating an “objet d’art” involves plenty of not-so-glamorous work. Pulling, ripping, nailing and hammering down all goes into creating an iconic figure.

 

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Bichonnage: Right before putting on the finishing touches, the Ballerina Ultima demands time for a little ‘bichonnage’ – namely, a chic French way of saying “sprucing up”, which this ultra-high heel is all about.

 

The Making of the Ballerina Ultima

Bask in the wonders that abound in the world of Christian Louboutin.


Tabitha Has Us Bewitched!

Photographed by Phillip Angert  Tabitha Simmons stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday to meet with clients and talk about one of our favorite subjects:  shoes. American Express and Saks hosted a private breakfast with the British Fashion Award-winning shoes designer and fashion stylist on Tuesday, followed by a tour of Shoe Obsession, the stunning shoe exhibition at The Museum at FIT. We took the opportunity to ask the woman who wears many hats — err, shoes, rather — about spring style. SaksPOV: It’s 830 am, and you seem fairly chipper… Tabitha Simmons: I wake up every day at 6am to get my kids ready for school, so this isn’t early for me at all! SaksPOV: And it finally feels like springtime in New York….

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Photographed by Phillip Angert 

Tabitha Simmons stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday to meet with clients and talk about one of our favorite subjects:  shoes. American Express and Saks hosted a private breakfast with the British Fashion Award-winning shoes designer and fashion stylist on Tuesday, followed by a tour of Shoe Obsession, the stunning shoe exhibition at The Museum at FIT. We took the opportunity to ask the woman who wears many hats — err, shoes, rather — about spring style.

SaksPOV: It’s 830 am, and you seem fairly chipper…
Tabitha Simmons: I wake up every day at 6am to get my kids ready for school, so this isn’t early for me at all!

SaksPOV: And it finally feels like springtime in New York. What is your favorite part of spring?
T.S.: The warm weather, absolutely! 

SaksPOV: What will you be wearing this spring? Do you have any favorite styles from your collection in mind?
T.S.: I’m just so excited to be able to wear lighter shoes. I’ve been in boots and ankle boots for so long now. I’m going to wear these striped oxfords a lot!

SaksPOV: What is it like when you meet with customers?
T.S.:  It’s the greatest thing, honestly. I used to work at a shoe store — it was my first Saturday job. I love seeing what people like.

SaksPOV: What do you think when you see someone wearing your shoes?
T.S.: I still get excited! When I see someone wearing my shoes on the street, I accost them and say, “I made those shoes!”

From left to right: Tabitha Simmons with Deb Curtis from American Express and Saks Fifth Avenue President Ron Frasch.

Tabitha Simmons shoes on display at 10022-SHOE

 

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See more photos from the event in the gallery. Which Tabitha Simmons shoes will you be buying this season? Tell us in the comments.
 


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