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9 things every woman should own according to Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin pigalleDesigner Christian Louboutin has been asked to name 9 things that every woman should own and, not surprisingly, he has nominated a pair of his own high heels for inclusion. What might be surprising though is that only one pair of high heels are included in Louboutin’s list and 7 of the 9 items are not even shoes.

The high heels Louboutin nominated are his iconic Pigalles. “Simple and balanced. I’ve never seen someone who didn’t look good in it,” the designer said. While very popular in their original black, the Pigalle now comes in a whole range of colors, including pivoine  (above, US$625 from Louboutin).

Flats by Christian LouboutinLouboutin also included a pair of flats in his list of 9 things, of his own design, naturally. The Copt flats (above) are included “to add a little pop of color to your look” and are collectors items at US$1,895.

Bag by Christian LouboutinThe other 7 things that Christian Louboutin said that every woman should own were:

  •  A case of Chateau Petit-Village wine
  • Moroccan argan oil for hair
  • French hosiery from Sabbia Rosa
  • A DVD library
  • Christian Louboutin Artemis Bag (collectors edition above, US$2,995)
  • Burlesque and the Art of the Teese by Dita Von Teese, and
  • A pencil skirt by Azzedine Alaia

Is the Anouk Jimmy Choo’s answer to Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle?

Anouk by Jimmy ChooIf you think the high heels from Jimmy Choo (above) seem strangely familiar, then you’re not alone. It seems that these pumps (new to net-a-porter for £304.17) are Choo’s answer to Christian Louboutin’s highly successful Pigalle.

Pigalle by Christian LouboutinLike the Anouk, the Pigalle (above) is also a patent leather pump with a 5 inch heel (120mm). The pointed toe shape and revealing, low cut arch look pretty similar too. As does the front of the shoe, designed to reveal maximum toe cleavage.

It is unknown what Louboutin thinks of the Anouk although we can’t imagine he’s thrilled. “The design that encapsulates my career is the Pigalle, a low-cut, high-heeled pump,” the designer said in 2010. “It’s so subtle in that it adds something sexy to the body, but you don’t immediately realise that it’s the shoe that is making the difference.”

If you’re looking for points of difference between the shoes, then the obvious one is that the Anouk doesn’t have a red sole. Other shoes “copying” his red sole trend is of course one thing that really irritates Louboutin (see our report on his lawsuit against YSL here: the birth and rise of the red sole – as the judge saw it).

The second point of difference is that the Anouk is £25 cheaper than the Pigalle on net-a-porter. It retails for there for £329.17.