36 posts tagged "Manolo Blahnik"
Footwear designer Manolo Blahnik has been in the business since the early seventies. Over the decades, there have been ups and downs, of course, but through it all, the man and the brand have achieved the status of a modern classic. The return of the pointy-toed pump for Fall has arbiters—Footwear News among them —calling it a Manolo moment. Blahnik himself demurs. “I have never had a perception about whether it’s my time or someone else’s time,” he told the paper. “I don’t think I have a time.”
If a Manolo is forever, though, that doesn’t mean now isn’t a very good time to indulge. The Blahnik classics look fresh once again, and Style.com’s senior market editor, Marina Larroude, highlighted many of them in her Fall 2011 Accessories Index. For fall, there are concessions to trends in the form of plaids, leopard prints, and the season’s must-have fur-trimmed sandal, but our favorite is the ankle-strap pointy pump, a ladylike standard that’s hallmark Blahnik. Dare we say it? Timeless.
“Those outfits would have been great for someone for the Met ball,” Shala Monroque said as she eyed Thomas Tait’s collection, which stood on display last night at the Palace Hotel. “It feels like a cross between Celine and vintage Balenciaga.”
Tait won the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize last year, awarded by a panel that included Manolo Blahnik, Stephen Jones, and Daphne Guinness. Monroque—who we wouldn’t be surprised to see stepping out in one of Tait’s two-tone multi-pleated leather skirts—is one of the judges for this year’s competition. Joining her on the panel (and at last night’s event) were some of her fellow jurors, Giovanna Battaglia, Francisco Costa, Thom Browne, and Derek Blasberg.
The designer who takes the prize this year has a lot to live up to. Tait’s modern, sleek aesthetic was the talk of the evening, inviting comparisons with designers like Costa. The Calvin Klein Collection creative director himself admitted as much. “I am so very impressed and excited by such young talent,” Costa marveled. “You don’t see this often.”
Canadian-born Tait remained modest. “I just want to be happy and keep my hands in the work that I’m doing as I expand my business,” he said, sipping the namesake cocktail Belvedere created for the occasion, an electric blue blueberry concoction. Expanding is what he’s doing, both with his own collection and a new leather capsule range with retailer ASOS. “It’s nice to be reaching an audience that might be familiar with my work, but they might not be able to afford it,” he told Style.com.
Paris fashion week is upon us, which means a new YSL Manifesto—and Manifesto tote—is in the offing. This season’s iteration features the label’s current campaign star, the unstoppable Miss Arizona Muse. [T]
The first Nicola Formichetti-helmed women’s collection for Mugler is on its way, too. The stylist-turned-creative director has been leaking inspiration shots on his blog (where he also recently revealed for those of us not watching that Lady G—who will debut a track at the Mugler show—recently wore prosthetic shoulders on The Gayle King Show.) [Nicola Formichetti]
Having canvassed the design community for royal wedding dress designs, Women’s Wear Daily now asks footwear’s reigning (well, metaphorically) champions, from Manolo Blahnik to Giuseppe Zanotti (whose design is pictured, left) what they’d design. [WWD]
And gossips are reporting that Lindsay Lohan is back (again)—this time for a photo shoot with Terry Richardson and James “Asleep at the Oscars” Franco. [NYDN]
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Courtney Love reprised Gaga’s “Bad Romance” at Givenchy’s after-party last night (above). Let’s go to the video, shall we? [Vimeo via @THEMISSHAPES]
When Gisele tells you to keep going, you keep going. The Brazilian supe was having such a good time at Paris Vogue‘s 90th anniversary bash that she whispered to DJ Nick Cohen that he should keep spinning. Two hours after he was supposed to stop, he was still going. What can we say, Gisele’s a convincing gal. Can’t we get her working on world peace? [NY Post]
Stella McCartney’s back for another fast-fashion collaboration! Only problem: It’s Australia-only. The lucky masses down under can avail themselves of Stella’s Target collection at the end of the month. [Racked via Fashionista]
Don’t think of Oscar de la Renta for shoes? You may soon. ODLR is bringing on two new hires to grow his footwear business, whose collective career history—at Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy, and Christian Louboutin—suggest they know a thing or two about covetable styles. [WWD]