FIT held its 2014 commencement ceremony yesterday at the Javits Center honored Christian Louboutin with Doctorate of Fine Arts.
“Louboutin was nervous himself and admitted to being shy. “I hate [this] exercise, but I had to do it.” The audience was thrilled. Despite being out of his element, Louboutin’s sense of urgency when he spoke was breathtaking. “I have three words,” he stated when he began to tell the grads of his own struggles. “Friendship, freedom, and keep your doors open.” He encouraged the new graduates to make their own rules and to seek new experiences. As a man who has designed shoes since he was twelve, he eventually grew tired of shoe design and spent two years designing gardens. “It was a wonderful experience,” Louboutin said. “The problem with that was I was in my twenties and very impatient.” He stressed the idea that youth will allow these students to not just follow one specific dream, but all dreams.”
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