Rouge Louboutin is coming!

Rouge Louboutin

Rouge Louboutin

Is designer nail polish along these lines the next status trend?

If you can’t afford a pair of crimson-soled Loubs, now you can at least get a little closer via your mani-pedi! Rouge Louboutin is available for pre-order via Saks Fifth Avenue…now! It retails for $50, and I am in LOVE with the bottle! It just looks like something luxe to display on a well-appointed dressing table and wear for special occasions.

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Per Saks: “This long-wearing, chip resistant formula is highly pigmented with luxe, glossy color and UV protection to keep the color true. Two coats give the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer, with a brilliant shine. A custom-designed, patented triangular brush ensures precise application, while shorter bristles pick up the right amount of product, preventing air bubbles and ensuring flawless coverage.”

According to Essence.com, 30 shades are on the way and will be sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and select Sephoras. Check for Pop, Nude and Noir! on shelves August 6, and the remaining shades August 31.

This hue and packaging reminds me of the infamous “jungle red” polish from The Women, one of my favorite movies about the lives and loves of the very pampered. It always makes me wish I’d been born when women wore hats and gloves and DRESSED for dinner or shopping downtown. Here’s a clip:

Happy shopping!

 
Images via Saks

Do you have ‘indestructible’ hair?

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Prove it:  recreate an iconic hairstyle and enter this Carol’s Daughter giveaway via Instagram by the March 15, 2013 deadline! You could win a fabulous prize pack including a pair of Louboutins, Monoi Oil Strengthening Serum and a $250 gift card in their Indestructible Hair Contest.

Enter by following the directions in the photo shown above!

Haute or Not: DIY Louboutins

These crystal-studded ‘Daffodile’ platforms by Christian Louboutin are $6395.

Want the look of Louboutins but can’t afford the steep pricetag?  The Telegraph UK reports that across the pond, lovers of the red sole are buying look alikes and (gasp!) painting the soles scarlet.  From the piece:

Peter Rooney, manager at the Homebase store in Acton, London, said sales of the paint have “rocketed.”

He said: “Many people tend to look at magazines to get the right paint colour for walls and furniture, but we’ve noticed significant numbers of girls colour-matching tester pots to pictures of designer shoes in fashion magazines.

“They have also asked staff for tips on how to paint on leather or rubber.”

Homebase senior paint buyer Richard Johnson, said: “Clearly paint is meant for decorating walls rather than shoes, so we are amazed at this new trend that has hit our stores.”

Irene Rubaum-Keller, a blogger for TheBlush.com, owns genuine Louboutins and considers them worth the splurge (or worth theThe shoes have a 6 1/2 inch heel and a 2 1/2 inch platform. time spent searching on eBay),  but admits to doing the same using red nail polish.  As she notes (and as I have always thought interesting), unless the wearer has red rubber soles placed on the shoes, the color is going to wear off fairly soon.  In the end, your faux designer footwear may fool onlookers but you won’t fool yourself.  I say save your money and splurge on the real thing.

What do you think, readers?  Is stopping in Home Depot or Lowe’s for red paint and touching up a pair of non-Louboutins something you’d do in the name of fashion?

Image via Net-a-Porter

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