Scarlet Fever

Famed for his iconic red soles and vertiginous heels, the designs of Christian Louboutin are lusted after worldwide. One of the world’s most adored shoe designers Christian Louboutin sits down with CNN‘s Sara Sidner in his shop in Hong Kong, where he discusses establishing his high heel empire without formal training, the story behind the brand’s iconic red-lacquered soles, and the trademark battle with fashion giant Yves Saint Laurent.

The 49-year-old French designer describes the most extravagant pair of shoes he has ever made, and explains why he feels justified putting an expensive price tag on his products despite the current tough economic climate. Louboutin also talks about how his thigh-high heeled boots (as worn by celebrities such as Rihanna and Rita Ora), which come complete with pockets for a mobile phone, credit card and a pen, were inspired by the ‘CNN war reporter’-type woman.

You will need Adobe Shockwave to view this video. Download it here from Adobe’s website.

Thank you to CNN International’s ‘Talk Asia’

Caroline Freestone

Caroline is an English graduate from Bristol University, with experience in fashion and beauty journalism for a number of on and offline publications. With previous work experience in events and PR she is currently the Web & Social Media Editor for Positive Luxury.