'I have this little substance abuse problem... expensive footwear'
With Sex And The City being known for its amazing designer fashion as much as for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha’s outrageous sex life, it’s not surprising designers from Gucci to Manolo Blahnik were falling over themselves to gift SJP et al clothes and accessories to be featured on screen.
Well, most designers that is, because the designer behind one of Carrie’s fave shoe brands, Christian Louboutin, revealed he never ever gave anything to the show, despite the wardrobe department asking several times.
And in the end, they had to fork out some actual dollars to get those red heels on SJP’s feet.
Speaking at at 92Y in New York, he said, ‘They [the SATC wardrobe department] called me but they don’t want to pay... Nothing is great publicity when it doesn’t pay. That’s my job. I design shoes and people buy them.’ Which we sort of have to respect, tbh.
But don’t worry, it’s not just Carrie and her friends who have to pay for their own shoes, even Royals and celebrities don’t get freebies, because Mr Louboutin believes paying for shoes makes them all the more covetable.
‘You're dying to have this thing or that thing? That's an important feeling that everybody should be able to have, regardless of how famous you are. So, it's actually an act of charity that I'm doing,’ he claimed.
However, he did admit he wasn’t above gifting shoes to friends, who reportedly include Blake Lively.
He admitted, ‘That said, I give shoes to friends — so if you're a friend, celebrity or not, I give shoes. But I'm not saying all stars are good friends of mine.’
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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