For the first time since last April, Christian Louboutin has spoken out about the ongoing legal dispute between his company and Yves Saint Laurent over who has the right to put a red sole on a shoe.
"It's my trademark," says Louboutin simply in a new interview with WSJ. Magazine. "For two months I said, 'Fix it,' and nothing happened. Then they tried to kill me by saying I can't own a color. But they own colors for their makeup and the red-and-green stripe for Gucci. It's very much a double standard."
The legal volleys haven't distracted Louboutin from creating more pairs of red-soled shoes. But he says the focus of those shoes has never been on women's feet.
"The thing I always try to remember is that feet are attached to the leg, and that you must prolong the silhouette. The shoe elongates the leg and does it discreetly. The goal is to get people to look at a woman's legs. It's all about the leg." He pauses. "No, it's not about the leg. It's about the woman."