A wrought iron gate bearing Louboutin's signature recalls the entrance gates at nearby Paramount Studios. A giant ceramic parrot greets shoppers at the entrance. Inside the boutique, designed by New York firm 212box, American diner-style bar stools ring the checkout area, which is decorated with tin ceiling panels salvaged from East Coast brownstones.
Ceramic wall tiles with symbols in different alphabets and characters spell out coded messages, perhaps directing shopping to the special second-floor VIP fitting area located behind a sliding mirror.
The trademark elements of Christian Louboutin boutiques worldwide are also in evidence -- the arched wall displays, red carpet and cage-like acrylic vitrines that enclose the high heels as if they were exotic birds, plus the vaguely Middle Eastern touches such as Syrian hand-blown glass ornaments and Lebanese chaises.
Of course, the interior serves only as a backdrop to the latest round of Christian Louboutin stilettos. And, perhaps inspired by the Hollywood location, the fall collection would suit a silver screen vamp, featuring silver patent bow-tied high heels or an ankle-boot version of a classic spectator heel (either is $995). There are also classic clutches ($795) or one called the Cadeau ($895) that features a golden bow detail.
Other fall collection highlights include the Fifre booties ($1,195); a thigh-high version, worn by Madonna, has already sold out. The Louboutin signature shoe -- the studded black Pigalle ($995) pump -- has a matching small-studded bag ($1,395) as well as a men's version of the shoe that is suitable for a companion ($1,245).
For those who can't fathom walking in heels for an extended period there are flats, including a glittery jazz pair ($595).
650 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 247-9300. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Satur- day. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. www.dmchristianlouboutin.com