Dita Von Teese, Emmy Rossum, more celebrate Christian Louboutin

Luncheon celebration of Louboutin’s Passage handbag collection
At the Chateau Marmont lunch are actress Emmy Rossum, from left, Christian Louboutin’s new Passage handbags, burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, and author-filmmaker Liz Goldwyn.
(Donato Sardella)
Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic

Dita Von Teese, Emmy Rossum, Camilla Belle, Liz Goldwyn and Alessandra Ambrosio toasted springtime on Thursday afternoon at the Chateau Marmont at a luncheon hosted by Christian Louboutin.

But the real guest of honor was a handbag, Louboutin’s new Passage handbag, to be exact.

The bag is sleek and graphic with an arch-shaped metal handle designed after the archways above the designer’s first store, which opened in 1991 in Paris’ Passage Véro-Dodat. 

After sipping pink Champagne in the garden, where a florist was busy twisting orchids, daisies and roses into flower crowns for everyone to wear, guests adjourned to a table covered in even more beautiful spring blooms.


The designer himself was not in town (he’s gearing up to launch his much-awaited beauty collection this summer), but guests sang his praises anyway.

“I don’t usually keep things I wear, but I’ve already told them they aren’t getting these back,” Rossum said of her electric-blue stilettos.

Von Teese, who brought her sister Sarah Brown as a date, has been a Louboutin fan since the beginning and is lucky enough to have him make her custom creations for her stage shows and everyday life. At the lunch, she wore timeless brown crocodile Louboutin pumps with a Zac Posen velvet skirt, hourglass-shaped jacket and long leather gloves.

The burlesque queen was fresh off a trip to New York City, where she launched her namesake lingerie line at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store. “It’s been selling really well,” she said, “and we’re working on doing an event in L.A.”


Goldwyn, a style author and filmmaker, is already a fan. “I placed a huge order, and I’m wearing one of the bras now, the Madame X,” she offered, unbuttoning her dress to reveal the cross-front strap.

Goldwyn, whose first book, “Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens,” was published in 2006, recently completed her second book, about prostitution in 1890s Los Angeles. And she’s already adapted it for a TV pilot.

Busy ladies.

Christian Louboutin’s Passage collection, $1,795 for the mini-messenger to $4,995 for exotic materials, will arrive in stores in June.


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