Archive for September 23rd, 2008


O Manolo!

Manolo Blahnik knows how to give a woman goosebumps (that’s us getting cozy in the photo). For me, it’s not just about his fanciful stilettos, it’s his very essence: This is a man for whom the words “gallant” and “debonair” were invented. During his recent cameo at Neiman Marcus San Francisco we danced (briefly), kissed (oh, the fireworks!) and talked Hollywood (off the record).

What transpired from my one-on-one interview is a list of things every woman ought to know about the man who takes up so much of our collective closet space:

* HE loves chocolate, especially mousse, and takes much of his inspiration from its naturally decadent hue.

* HE despises platforms (don’t get him started…), a testament to the fact that he knows what he likes and creates what he likes, despite of-the-moment trends.

* HE belongs to an elite species of designer—the kind who sees a shoe through from idea to sketch without a design team or assistant.

*HE began sketching at the age of 7, on the beach at his home in the Canary Islands. In the early seventies—upon feasting her eyes on his illustrations —Diana Vreeland insisted that he bring them to life. He now turns out about 130 different shoes each season.

*HE is modest and charming and witty and loyal to good friends, many of whom turn to him for custom-made confections. We ran into former fashion model and Bazaar contributing editor Tatiana Sorokko at the event and she thrilled us with stories about a pair he fashioned from vintage buckles channeling Marie Antoinette.

*HE personifies perfection and is rarely without his bow tie. The first thing Team Shoetube spied upon arrival were his orange, matador-inspired slip-ons that practically cried out “tada!” He designed them for his own comfort and owns several pairs—all of them in vibrant colors.

*HE has been king of the luxury shoe market since B.C. (before Carrie), opening his first boutique in London’s Chelsea, followed by locations in New York, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong and beyond.

For more scoop, stay tuned for fashion footage from the event…


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