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Second Skin: Meet the Nudes

Inspired by the knowledge that “all women want longer legs,” Christian Louboutin launched the first-of-its-kind Nudes Collection in the summer of 2013. Debuted in four classic styles, including Pigalle and the Simple Pump, the collection offers a spectrum of skin colours ranging from fair (Blush #1) to a rich chestnut (Blush #5). This month, the Nudes relaunch with four new silhouettes, two core– Iriza and So Kate – and, for the very first time, two seasonal styles, Deepik and Dorissima.

The transformation of the Nudes Collection exemplifies Christian Louboutin’s design process. “I’ve always done a Nude shoe but only using the colour beige,” he recalls. However, it was the blunt statement, “beige is not the colour of my skin,” echoed by a team member that prompted him to transform Nudes from a colour to a concept.

“I have clients from every continent and want to make them happy!” Christian said. So, using his studio team as guinea pigs, Christian created five different hues inspired by their skin tones. A year later, the Nudes were best sellers around the world.

“Nude shoes go with everything and allow you to wear any handbag or accessory you want,” Christian says. By elongating the legs and complementing a woman’s silhouette, a nude pump conveys the fluidity, versatility, and allure of the female body, an ongoing inspiration for Louboutin. After all, early in his career, the designer lowered the vamp of a classic pump in order to visually lengthen the legs, and showcase the cleavage of a woman’s toes.

For SS15 and FW15 Christian focuses on the wavy, mirage-like heel of the Dalida. “it reminds me of my favourite moment in film when Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia sees Omar Sharif (Ali) for the very first time. He’s not sure if it’s a mirage, caused by the sun, or really someone else and it’s sublime.”

The Dorissima—expected to be a favourite, is a single-sole, timeless pump with a heart-shaped toe box and a thin sky-high heel. “It’s important to evolve the style and have fun with it,” he says of Dorissima. Christian views So Kate as having the ideal heel height and although “re-arranged in terms of toe cleavage,” it resembles our most iconic style, the Pigalle. As for the Iriza, it boasts a very high arch and sexy attitude. “There’s something very naked and raw about the Iriza,” says Christian.

The Nudes collection is complemented perfectly by the ten Nude nail colours of Beauté Louboutin. Designed to impart a feeling of ‘instant grooming,” there’s a complementary hue for every woman.

In celebration of the relaunch, “show us your nudes” on Instagram using hashtags #NudesForAll and #LouboutinWorld for a chance to be featured on site and the @LouboutinWorld Instagram!