Christian Louboutin And Ye Hongxing Shine At Art Basel

by Alex R. Travers

Picture the shoes: the incomparable curvature of the heels slowly arching up to expose that red our minds viscerally associate with love, lust, and, of course, Louboutin. Some pairs are fit for a princess; others are more mischievous. Whether designer Christian Louboutin uses crystals, fishnet, or spikes, his designs are often elaborate collages that explode with color and dimensionality.

Enter Ye Hongxing. One of China’s most emblematic artistic voices, Hongxing’s medium of choice is a variety of colorful sticker material—its manifold applications creating a layered visualization of her subject matter. Hongxing’s work breathes life into her fictional landscapes, which are filled with fantastical characters and evoke a dazzling kaleidoscopic world.

The collaboration between Ms. Hongxing and Monsieur Louboutin for Art Basel Miami Beach was a real kick. “The multiple pop visions of Ye Hongxing fit perfectly [with] the brightness of Miami,” said Louboutin when asked about the partnership. The Louboutin boutique in Miami’s Design District is a space where art, design, and fashion seamlessly merge to create a one-of-a-kind shopping experience; the collaboration was a glass-slipper-kind-of fit!

Louboutin opened its doors on December 7 to present Hongxing’s solo exhibition “A Dazzling Future” in its Miami Design District boutique. Guests enjoyed music by Chelsea Leyland—we heard “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” — and glasses of Dom Pérignon 2003.

Spotted: Dita Von Teese, China Chow, Roland Mouret, Cameron Silver, Greg Kessler, Averyl Oates, and Harriet Quick.

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