It's not everyday that you're invited to afternoon tea and cocktails with one of your favourite designers.
On Friday, however, I was invited to do just that - and I headed to a gorgeous property in Point Piper to meet the man himself; Christian Louboutin.
This wasn't my first time meeting Mr Louboutin (in fact, we'd just seen each other the night before) but it was still such an exciting event!
Like any other woman, the first question I asked myself when I received the invitation was "WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!".
As it was a cold Autumn afternoon, I opted for longer sleeves with this Dolce and Gabbana Jewel Embellished Leopard Print Shift Dress (last season - see below for similar) with my favourite nude T-Bar Louboutin Pumps.
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And as well as enjoying a delicious afternoon tea and cocktails, I learnt quite a few interesting things about the man who designs some of the world's most desired shoes - so I thought I'd share some of those facts with you!
- Christian grew up wondering if he was adopted because the colour of his skin was so much darker than his sisters - and at the age of 51, he learnt that he wasn't adopted, but instead the result of a passionate affair. His biological father is Egyptian and when Christian found this out, he felt like a piece of the puzzle had been put into place. Throughout his life he never felt completely French and he even had an obsession with Egyptian Pharaohs and culture growing up.
- He started his career at the age of 19, designing shoes for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
- The Louboutin brand almost didn't happen! In the 80's Christian gave up on the fashion industry and decided to try his hand at landscape gardening. Luckily he tired of that and came back to shoes in the 90's!
- He launched his Louboutin shoe line in the early 90's, opening his first store in Paris in 1991. In his first year of business, Christian only sold 200 pairs of shoes.
- Louboutins didn't always have their famous red soles - this was introduced in 1992. The story behind the soles? They were inspired by an employee's red nail polish.
- For a very short time, Louboutins were able to be purchased with baby blue soles instead of their signature red soles. This collection was designed for brides looking for their "something blue" and were only available via special-order - but the collection didn't last long.
- Every Louboutin boutique is designed and decorated by Christian Louboutin himself - and every store is different from the last.