Christian Louboutin to launch beauty collection in 2013

A shoe at a preview of an exhibition by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum in London. Louboutin is now venturing into the beauty industry.
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Louboutin red isn’t just for the soles of sky-high stillettos anymore. Shoe designer Christian Louboutin is branching out into beauty.

His luxury French company is pairing with Batallure Beauty, which helps develop brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy’s, Marchesa and Sephora, to launch the Christian Louboutin Beaute line in late 2013. Sephora, a cosmetics and fragrance retailer, happens to stock perfumes from another well-known shoe titan: Jimmy Choo.

Louboutin, who founded his company in Paris in 1991, has never ventured into cosmetics before. The new offerings will feature “luxury beauty products across a number of classifications,” according to a statement Friday.


Does that mean eye products? Nail polish? Everyone’s keeping their (probably immaculately painted) lips sealed.

Chances are, however, that the line will feature the lustrous red that marks the bottoms of each Louboutin shoe. The designer is so attached to the hue that he’s suing Yves Saint Laurent in U.S. federal appeals court after trying unsuccessfully to get the venerable French fashion house to stop selling shoes in a similar shade.

In the meantime, Louboutin is keeping busy also making handbags and designing a glass slipper forWalt Disney Co. in honor of the Blu-ray and DVD release of the classic film"Cinderella"this fall.

Louboutin shoes are popular around the world among the well-heeled set. The towering, expensive spikes have been spotted on the “Sex and the City"cast, various dictators’ wives, the Kardashians and Angelina Jolie.

Speaking of Jolie, her eventual hubby Brad Pitt is making an unconventional luxury move himself. The movie star has just been tapped as the new face for Chanel No. 5 – a famous women’s fragrance.


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