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Christian Louboutin Take a Step Forward in Diversifying the Fashion Industry
Imogen Lancaster explains how the new range of Christian Louboutin heels is diversifying the fashion industry
Christian Louboutin is well-regarded in the fashion industry for being the pinnacle brand of shoes. Famous for their red-soled high heels and equally high price tags, its reputation places Louboutin at the very top of the footwear hierarchy. This worldwide adoration therefore makes them a much sought-after item for the wardrobes of fashion-forward shoe lovers.
Louboutin’s notorious shoe collection has recently gained even more attention after extending its range of nude heels. With a brand new release of seven skin-coloured shades in two styles for their 2017 Spring/Summer collection, ‘nude’ no longer exclusively refers to a shade of white. In fact, this range encompasses a broad spectrum of skin colours - and rightfully so! From pale porcelains to deep browns, there’s certainly more colour variety with the potential to suit everyone.
“‘Nude’ no longer exclusively refers to a shade of white
This new collection’s positive reception certainly says a lot about the demand for such a range. Described as ‘ground-breaking’, it certainly challenges the stereotypical and traditional perceptions of ‘nude’. As Louboutin himself said “Nude is not a colour; it’s a concept.”. ‘Nude’ is in fact defined as “clothing or makeup that is of a colour resembling that of the wearer’s skin.” Of course this is not restricted to simply one skin tone, but refers to every shade under the sun. Yet despite this, we are often under the assumption that ‘nude’ simply refers to shades of white. This is certainly reflected in the mainstream fashion industry. Indeed if you search online for ‘nude shoes’, your results will most definitely be limited to assortments of pinks, beiges, whites and creams, reflecting an undeniable and unjust white-bias. And as expected, there is also a noticeable lack of footwear in tans and browns for those with darker complexions who wish to wear an inconspicuous shoe to match their colouring. Perhaps this is unveiling an issue that is often encountered by such consumers on a day-to-day basis. For example, many makeup brands do not manufacture their foundations and concealers in an adequate variety of darker shades. These restrictions therefore highlight more serious undertones in the fashion and makeup industry.
“This progressive collection certainly diversifies the fashion industry by appealing to all consumers
This is similarly beginning to take effect in lingerie. Women often desire nude-coloured bras to match their skin tone and be virtually invisible under certain garments. Up until recently, it was much the norm to find only pale nude shades designed for Caucasian women. But in recent years, many brands have begun releasing numerous shades of nude lingerie. Whilst these may be seen innovative, the phrase ‘it’s about time’ comes to mind.
So how much must you splash out for a pair of these infamous, innovative shoes I hear you ask? For a mere £635 you can get your hands on the classic ‘Cherrysandal’, or £595 for the elegant ‘Christeriva’. Admittedly not a viable purchase for the typical university student, but irrespective of the price, we can appreciate this collection of shoes – albeit from afar! With Christian Louboutin being such a highly-regarded and influential brand, we can only hope it is setting an example for the fashion industry as a whole, and that future shoe, lingerie and makeup ranges will embrace and manufacture a broader selection of nudes.