Choosing a single photo to go at the top of this post was very difficult. Aside from being beautifully crafted, Christian Louboutin’s shoes are extremely photogenic!
What’s all the fuss about? The exhibition at the Cat Street Gallery paired David Lynch, a master filmmaker known for his distinct vision, with Christian Louboutin, one of the top footwear designers in the world. Rarely have I seen a collaboration between two creative individuals that has turned out so well.
The shoes in the exhibit are striking. Not only do they glisten, but each seems to tell a story.[photopress:Christian_Louboutin_David_L.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Christian_Louboutin_boutiqu.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Louboutin_shoes_China_HK.jpg,full,pp_image]
The exhibition consists of shoes by Christian Louboutin set on pedestals around the gallery. Hanging above them are photos that give a mysterious glimpse into the story behind the shoes. The scenes look as though they jumped right out of a David Lynch film with a 1950’s Los Angeles noir feel.
Seldom do these type of collaborations bare such fruitful results. The exhibition is a very successful bridge of two different cultures or art forms.
Most of the shoes are essentially non-wearable, but are meant to convey an idea.[photopress:Christian_Louboutin_fetish_.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Christian_Louboutin_shoes_H.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Christian_Louboutin_Hong_Ko.jpg,full,pp_image]
The way Christian Louboutin went about designing them is witty and displays his genius. Though some of the shoes feature ornate modification, it’s the simplicity with how he has transformed them that is most impressive.[photopress:Louboutin_festish_david_Lyn.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:David_Lynch_Christian_Loubo.jpg,full,pp_image]
Gallery visitors browsed the photos and then got a close-up of the shoes on the pedestal below.[photopress:Lynch_Christian_Louboutin_F.jpg,full,pp_image]
Christian Louboutin was at the exhibition in person. He graciously signed autographs and even personalized them. Guests were able to have mini-conversations with the shoe guru as he went about signing their posters.[photopress:Christian_Louboutin_shoe_fe.jpg,full,pp_image]
A few guests also had him add his signature to their shoes.
There was a big turnout of Christian Louboutin fans. Throughout the night there was a parade of his signature red-soled shoes. I snapped this shot through the gallery window:[photopress:Christian_Louboutin_shoe_fo.jpg,full,pp_image]
The scene outside the event was like a block party. People were spilled out onto the street drinking champagne.[photopress:Cat_Street_gallery_Hong_Kon.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Cat_street_Hong_Kong.jpg,full,pp_image]
At certain points in the night it was a mob-scene just trying to squeeze through the front door![photopress:David_Lynch_photos_photogra.jpg,full,pp_image]
What shoes was the master himself wearing?[photopress:Christian_Louboutin_shoes_C.jpg,full,pp_image]
Hurry over to the Cat Street Gallery if you want to catch the exhibition. The show closes on November 13th!
On a side note, things are definitely heating up on this end of Hollywood Road. Today is the opening of Dysemevas, the pop-up store only a block away from the Cat Street Gallery. Dysemevas is selling limited edition items by fashion designers from greater China. For more information on that go here.
Christian Louboutin Hong Kong Boutique
7 On Lan Street
Central, Hong Kong
Cat Street Gallery
Fetish: Photography by David Lynch, footwear by Christian Louboutin
Exhibition closes on November 13th
222 Hollywood Road
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong