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Christian Louboutin On His Crazy Horse Cabaret Show

Christian Louboutin

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Christian Louboutin gets some love from his Feu dancers at the Crazy Horse.

Paris Fashion Week isn’t the only thing glamming up the City of Light lately. Feu, Christian Louboutin’s show at cabaret institution the Crazy Horse, opened Sunday—and it’s reportedly quite the spectacle.

Louboutin, who has worked with cabaret icons like Dita von Teese in the past, says his obsession with the art goes back to his love of his feathered friends.

“I have always, always loved birds, and I think that, in a way, everything that is linked around the music hall, those women are treated as exotic birds, birds of paradise,” he told Women’s Wear Daily. “In nature, male birds have more feathers. The male peacock is much more beautiful than the female; most male birds are more beautiful than female birds, which I remember really shocked me as a child. And so it is almost a revenge of women, when they transform into birds, they are the leaders, and they are more beautiful, and I love that.”

Louboutin created several over-the-top styles of shoes for the production, including one that’s just a heel and no sole, delicately attached to the foot with two straps. Another is a silver spike heel that catches the light in the number “Legmania.” He worked with Mark Fast on the costumes, David Lynch and Swizz Beatz on the music, and dancer and choreographer Patricia Folly on the performance.

“Designing shoes for women to walk in the street is one thing, but designing shoes for dancers can bring out different aspects,” he said. “It’s really about the gesture, and I really got into the girls’ movements. I always say that my shoes are at the service of women and not the opposite, and it sort of shows there.”

The show runs through May 31, but Louboutin says Feu isn’t the end of his onstage undertakings.

“It’s a great and fun opportunity to work with a whole little cabaret, but really I see this as the entry point,” he said. “I also really want to concentrate on doing a real ballet I’ve been writing with the Royal Ballet, but really work on a number created around shoes.”

We’ll be there with our Louboutins on!

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