Why Creating A Fragrance Was A Natural Next Step For Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin is adding to his beauty selection, this time diving into the world of fragrances.

The Paris designer, famous for his red-soled shoes, unveiled three new scents this week: Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble in Heaven. He already makes nail and lip lacquers. For his scents, Louboutin was inspired by the stroke of a piano key, and each scent is is meant to evoke “a vibrating ‘ping'” that “reverberates straight through from top to bottom.”

Louboutin told Footwear News that the fragrance was a natural extension of his aim to allow women to express their femininity.

“This is what I try to evoke with shoes and now with the alchemy of fragrance,” he said. “I want to give women the means to express themselves and to delight in their femininity.”

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Christian Louboutin testing out fragrances.
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He also described a moment when he realized the power of fragrance.

“I took an elevator once that had a very strong, super-sexy smell. I was imagining someone like Sophia Loren, but when I looked over it was Margaret Thatcher! I was shocked, but then I understood,” Louboutin said. “There was something quite feminine about her that you would never see in a picture. That’s the thing about fragrance-it can reveal a part of you that is held completely prisoner of the identity that people project onto you.”

Louboutin worked with designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studios — the brains behind the cauldron for the 2012 Olympics and buildings in Singapore and Cape Town — to create the sculptural glass bottles.

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Christian Louboutin working with designer Thomas Heatherwick on concepts for the fragrance bottle.
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He tells FN that he enjoyed the fragrance development process from start to finish, including “collaborating with the noses to working with Heatherwick to smelling the submissions on different people till I found something I loved,” he said. 

The three fragrances are available now and retail for $275 each on ChristianLouboutin.com.

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