Christian Louboutin’s Design Exchange exhibit opening: 23 photos of VIPs, iconic shoes and a Dita Von Teese hologram

Christian Louboutin Design Exchange Opening Party
Photography by George Pimentel

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Last night, lovers of the greatest name in footwear came to meet the man himself at the opening of Christian Louboutin’s retrospective exhibit at Toronto’s Design Exchange. The designer, who graced the crowd for a moment in the VIP room on the third floor said but a few words, the most important ones being “French and Canadians, we get along ok.” We’ll take it! With that ceremonious kick-off, the party, which had been on for an hour at that point, really revved up. Amidst three floors of Louboutin goodness, the crowd, which included actress Sarah Gadon, Jeanne Beker, socialite Krystal Koo, and Design Exchange president Shauna Levy, got down to the hip hop stylings of New York-based It girl/DJ Hannah Bronfman.

The exhibit itself is a fantastical treat for anyone who not only loves shoes but the naughty likes of Dita Von Teese as well. Brought to town by the London’s Design Museum curator Donna Loveday, the exhibit is comprised of a mini carousel, a garden and a hologram of Von Teese which set the quirky stage for 250 pairs of Louboutin’s most iconic and outlandish shoes since he opened his first boutique in 1991.

As part of the exhibit, Shu Uemura created a custom pair of decadent false eyelashes that feature the signature black and red Louboutin colours. While the fluffy set on display throughout the party—and are currently available for sale at Holt Renfrew—we’re giving you a chance to win a pair of your very own: Click here to enter our “Rouge et Noir” eyelash giveaway.

Amidst all that theatricality and glam, the Christian Louboutin highlight had to be the tightly-guarded fetish room which featured a collaborative photo series done by Louboutin and filmmaker David Lynch and shoes, which as you can imagine, were never made for wearing outside the bedroom.