Louboutin doesn’t need lip about his sexist heels
I always find it a bit gauche when heels are politicised, says the designer of his iconic red-soled stilettos
Christmas is the best present any Instagrammer can wish for – and one of the most lavish visual gifts is the Claridge’s Christmas tree. Back in 2009, the iconic London hotel first invited a distinguished guest to design and decorate the tree that graces its foyer. Since then, every year, guests wait patiently to take their turn being photographed in front of its boughs, over the years enjoying the creative interpretations of Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Alber Elbaz, and Dolce & Gabbana, to name a few.
For its 10th anniversary, Claridge’s has asked Christian Louboutin to do the honours. Fans of his glamorous red-soled footwear (he has shod everyone from the Duchess of Sussex to Beyoncé, and confesses he would still like to see “the Queen of England” in a pair) will not be disappointed. As we sip cappuccinos in the hotel’s famous Fumoir bar, he divulges that, in addition to a tree, he has designed a festive train carriage in which to take afternoon tea.
“Claridge’s has a long-standing tradition of afternoon tea, so I thought it would be nice to have a place to do that,” he explains in his rich French accent. “You’ve brought your family. You do your selfie. You’re happy.”..