Christian Louboutin (Rizzoli), a new and very heavy book looking at the life of the shoe king, is not the sort of reading material you'd pack in your tote as you totter off to the caf? No, this hefty tome will happily sit on your coffee table drawing squeals of delight from any lover of fashion. It opens with a sketch and words from actor John Malkovich who talks about an awards ceremony where the only thing he remembers was a woman's pair of black suede stilettos with Chinese characters. When he found out who had made them he tracked the shoe-maker to Louboutin's Paris showroom. He has since become good friends with the shoe-maker and has collaborated with him on various projects.
Chapter one looks at his early days as a child growing up in Paris, the pages littered with images of Louboutin as a baby and young boy to his disco days as well as interesting sketches of his shoes. Chapter two oozes with images by Phillippe Garcia as Louboutin explains each collection from his iconic classic Pigalle shoe to the Lola Mont?s (pictured below) from last winter. It's in these pages that he discloses how the idea for his trademark red sole was born and his inspiration behind each shoe such as the 'eco-friendly' Guinness collection. Things spice up in chapter three with fetish images by filmmaker David Lynch, while chapter four takes us on a global tour of Louboutin outlets offering some insights into the mechanics of shoe making. A catalogue of his shoes makes up the final chapter, although as the man himself says: 'Darn, there are so many missing.'