♥ RED OR DEAD ♥ LOUBOUTIN RED VELVET CUPCAKES & CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINEXHIBIT [DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON]

There’s nothing like a flash of red to raise the heat, send the heart racing, and get the blood going. Red bullfighting capes. Red dresses, or red trousers if you’re a bit of a toff. Red fingernails. Red lips. Why is ‘seeing red’ an expression for annoyance? Quite the opposite for me…when I see red I surge with energy, inflame with lust, pulse with vigour. Red brings out my inner she-wolf…it gives me that full-moon feeling.

How better to indulge in my cravings for lashings of red than with Monsieur Christian Louboutin? A day devoted to the maestro of sexy red soles was in order. Christian Louboutin exhibit at Design Museum London? Baking Louboutin-inspired red velvet cupcakes in homage to Monsieur Louboutin? Red-tipped manicure to match my red lips & red soles? Oui, oui, oui.

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♦ CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN EXHIBIT AT DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON ♦

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↑ Louboutin carousel


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↑ This looks like a Dalek from Doctor Who. Doctor Shoe?


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↑ The Fetish Room


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↑ Literal ‘killer heels’


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↑ The infamous Louboutin ballet stilettoes…


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My favourite part of the exhibition—-the ‘studio/sketchbook room’. As an illustrator & artist the work process is as fascinating & integral as the outcome itself. Sketchbooks, swatches, mood boards…takes me back to the days of Central St Martin’s, of carrying around a portfolio carelessly crammed with scraps of scribbles & sketches, papers threatening to spill everywhere. Having to compile all those notes into a legible sketchbook for assessment was one of my favourite things to do. Like solving a jigsaw puzzle, putting together the pieces of how I started from an idea to a blank piece of paper to a finished piece of work.

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↑ I love reading other artists’ sketchbooks & moodboards. It’s like a glimpse into a brilliant mind, and I feel incredibly privileged & lucky to be somewhat privy to their thought process…


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↑ My idea of the perfect casual day shoe. It’s like a brother creeper had a dirty threesome with a velour bedroom slipper and some studs, and several months later this bad lil’ baby came into this world, screaming sweet anarchy… Although in this case the concept of anarchy ie. ungoverned lawlessness is pretty much ironic given that to afford these shoes for everyday wear you’d have to be playing the capitalism game. As in, earning a decent wage in a job structured to fit in a governed society. Off on a tangent here…What I mean to say is, these shoes are fierce. Bare bitchin’.


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↑ I just can’t get enough of spikes & studs… All those metallic hardness & sharp edges I love to wear are like preemptive armour. Armour from what? I don’t know, to protect myself from my own social-awkwardness perhaps.


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↑ Drugs, not hugs.


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↑ Bonjour Monsieur Louboutin!


I left the exhibit keen to take home a little slice of the magic. Popped into the Design Museum shop to pick out some souvenirs. Can I just say that my favourite way to end a visit to a gallery/museum is to shop? Culture meets consumerism… it’s not just about acquiring keepsakes (I have plenty of photos for that), but I really enjoy the concept of merchandising & putting a price tag on an experience. Marketing & merchandising has always been a fascination of mine. Not just finding ways to make more things to sell, but how to convince people they have to buy souvenirs or the experience will be lacking. As Modern Toss says, Buy more sh*t or we’re all f****d.

I adored the signed coffee-table book and Louboutin charms but naturally I was too broke to shell out £245 for souvenirs. So I settled for an exhibition screenprint & some Louboutin postcards. Inspired to make some red magic of my own I whipped up some Louboutin-inspired red velvet cupcakes…and put my new exhibition trinkets to use as props. Naturally.

♦ LOUBOUTIN RED VELVET CUPCAKES DE L’POSH, BROKE & BORED ♦

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↑ Standard issue red velvet cupcakes with black frosting & white frosting, dusted with red sprinkles for accents of colour. Topped with Louboutin cupcake-toppers, printed on a card and taped to toothpicks. So lo-fi it hurts. But it looks pretty, so whatever—-in real life the cards the toppers were printed on have a pearly, iridescent sheen to them which caught the light ever so subtly… It summed up the magic I feel when confronted with a pair of beautiful shoes.


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↑ The backdrop is the screenprint produced by Design Museum for the exhibition, and the cupcakes are resting on the postcards.

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↑ I do love the idea of replacing doilies with postcards & prints…

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Lots of Loubie-love. ♥

xxx
June 27, 2012

♥ RED OR DEAD ♥ LOUBOUTIN RED VELVET CUPCAKES & CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINEXHIBIT [DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON]

There’s nothing like a flash of red to raise the heat, send the heart racing, and get the blood going. Red bullfighting capes. Red dresses,...