Christian Louboutin, the iconic shoe designer, has joined forces with the equally iconic actress Glenn Close to create a show-stopping heel to celebrate her return to Broadway as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Close, who won a Tony for her first portrayal of Desmond more than 20 years ago, returns to the stage with the same flair and eccentricity she portrayed the first time around.
In a recent interview with New York Magazine’s fashion site, The Cut, she spoke of the character. “Norma Desmond is one of the great characters ever written for a woman, certainly a woman of a certain age.” So, it’s only fitting that Christian Louboutin would create an exclusive heel to match the character’s over-the-top costumes. Louboutin told WWD of his vision for the shoe, “If you look at the clothes you see one with a turban, which was the inspiration [for the shoe].”
But behind this collaboration was a greater purpose that goes beyond fashion, as all of the profits from sales of the red-soled heels will go to benefit BC2M. Bring Change 2 Mind is an organization that Close is a Co-Founder of, that strives to open a dialogue concerning mental illness. The actress, who herself suffers from bipolar disorder, started the organization in 2010.
The shoes were unveiled at a lavish fete with Louboutin and Close this week at New York’s Baccarat Hotel. Guests mingled with celebrities, sipped champagne and walked a way with a signed pair of the soon-to-be-famous heels fit for the likes of Broadway’s iconic Norma Desmond.