*Christian Louboutin and his trademark red soles have been a staple in pop culture for years, turning up often on television, film and frequently in the hip-hop culture.
His latest shout-out came recently via rapper Cardi B., whose breakout single “Bodak Yellow” catapulted her to No. 1 on the Billboard 100 last week.
“These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes,” she raps. “Hit the store, I can get ’em both, I don’t wanna choose.”
“Bodak Yellow” now has over 200 MILLION views on YouTube, so while much of America knows who Cardi B is, Mr. Louboutin is all like: “She has the hair like that?” he said, waving his hands around chin level. “She’s a rapper? This ‘Yellow’ song?”
“I don’t know much more than that, to be honest,” he added. But he is down to meet her if she ever came to his part of town.
“Why not?” he said, though he is “not a big rap person.” Still, he understands the appreciation that divas have for his designs, “in a way, it comes back to some of my origins,” he said. “The first shoes I ever designed were for showgirls, people on stage. Showgirls have a kind of attitude — they’re driving forces.”
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Like any celebrity, what Cards B. wears is a huge part of her image, and if you follow her on Instagram then you know she lives for major brands like Gucci or Balenciaga. Below, get the scoop on a few of Cardi’s fashion favorites.
This West Coast designer (and star of Basketball Wives LA) who specializes in bejeweled leggings and bodysuits is also a favorite of stars like Lil’ Kim, Blac Chyna, and Amber Rose. Prices range from around $50 for a strappy swimsuit or lace bodysuit to more than $1,000 for a sequined gown — and in addition to a plus-size collection, Brinks also offers custom sizing upon request.
Pictured: Angel Brinks Pastelli Bodysuit, $395
Out recently dubbed Cowan “fashion’s rising king of camp,” and it’s easy to see why: His spring 2018 show featured pink tweed chaps, “New York Loves Me” crop tops, and a cameo from RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Violet Chachki, among other surprises. A graduate of the London College of Fashion, Cowan was designing costumes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus before even leaving school.
Pictured: Christian Cowan Hoodie, $150, and Sweatpant, $100
LA-based FashionNova offers everything from bodycon dresses and distressed denim to shoes and activewear, all at seriously affordable prices; nearly everything’s under $50, and about 500 new styles are added every single week. The fast-fashion company works with a network of around 3,000 Instagrammers who help drive sales, posting photos of themselves in FashionNova outfits in exchange for free clothes. In Cardi’s case, however, there’s an additional incentive: The rapper has said that the brand pays her $20,000 per month to promote its clothing.
Pictured: FashionNova Galant Velvet Dress, $32.99
After discovering Cardi — where else? — on Instagram, New York designer Rio Uribe invited her to walk in his spring 2015 show. The two soon became fast friends; Uribe often creates custom pieces for Cardi and has called her his muse. Gypsy Sport has been praised for both its gender-fluid designs and its inclusive runway casting, and it took home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize two years ago.