45 posts tagged "Manolo Blahnik"
The Decadestwo pop-up at Soho’s Kiki de Montparnasse is quickly becoming a New York tradition among bargain hunters in the high-stakes game of keeping up appearances. For the past several seasons, Christos Garkinos has packed up more new-with-tags Chanel purses than one man should rightfully possess and installed them—along with a trove of designer consignment ready-to-wear and shoes, much of it donated by his celebrity clients at his home base in L.A.—in the second-floor space of the Soho erotica emporium. (Don’t call it a sex shop, please.) The getting’s as good as ever at the current sale, which opens its doors to the public tomorrow, and strikes an elegiac note: This time around, there’s a special emphasis on pieces by the late Alexander McQueen. Selections include a tiered gown from McQueen’s final collection, a lurid kimono once worn by Janet Jackson, and this diamond-patterned beauty from McQueen’s Spring ’09 collection. Though it’s priced at a fraction of retail cost—$890—it still may be steep for some. They can wait until the sale’s final day, when a collection of Louboutins and Manolos hit the floor for a mere $150.
Decadestwo pop-up shop runs Thursday, March 18, through Sunday, March 21, at Kiki de Montparnasse, 79 Greene St., NYC, www.kikidemontparnasse.com.
Brian Reyes has paired his polished runway looks with Manolo Blahnik for the past few seasons, but perhaps it was the new decade that sparked a change of heart. For Fall, Reyes is introducing some new blood into his heels, as it were, working with the English designer Georgina Goodman on limited-edition handmade shoes to accessorize his Fall 2010 collection. Slated to debut on Reyes’ runway for New York fashion week on February 17, the three styles will be produced as part of Goodman’s Handmade in Mayfair range.
“The collection revolves around the idea of trees, and we got to choose the wood for the platforms. It was amazing that making that change allowed us to see the whole process in-house,” Reyes marveled. “But we wanted to keep Georgina’s DNA in there.” That DNA manifests itself in sensible, real-world-friendly designs—eventually. According to Goodman, the catwalk looks pictured above focus on a silhouette (translated into runway-speak, that means ultra-high heels), but the ones created for the commercial collection will be a little more manageable. Or as Reyes explains of the more comfortable platforms, “Easier to chase after the taxis in!”
The Georgina Goodman for Brian Reyes Handmade in Mayfair collection will be available at Georgina Goodman’s London boutique, 44 Old Bond St., after February 17. Prices start at £500, or approximately $807.
When Los Angeles-based designer John Murrough launched Illia back in 1997, he quickly developed a faithful following for his lovingly worn-in leather jackets and their distressed, washed, and crinkled look. But in 2003, both designer and label took a break. This season, the South African native, whose résumé includes working closely with Manolo Blahnik in London, is back with a fall collection, created with fellow designer Robbie Moray, that has expanded to a full sportswear line. We’re loving the asymmetrical zipper details, whisper-thin knit tops, perforated leather skirts, and suede leggings. And, of course, there is an excellent assortment of covetable leather jackets in various incarnations—motorcycle, fringed, draped—to choose from. Illia is available for fall at Barneys, American Rag, Scoop, and www.shopbop.com.
Beyoncé and Lady Gaga in a video?! As a wise woman once said, “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.” [Grazia Daily]
Happy Birthday, Mr. Lauren. We hope that when we turn 70 we’ll be celebrating it somewhere like the Boom Boom Room (sorry, but we’re just not calling it QT). [WWD]
OMG OTK. An impassioned argument as to why the thigh-high boot trend shouldn’t trickle down. [The Awl]
Christian Louboutin clarifies his thoughts on the ankles of his new muse, Barbie. [WWD]
The Kardashian sisters—Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney—are designing a collection for Bebe, making them the 12,693rd celebrity team to try their hand at fashion. Sigh. [People]
Manolo Blahnik certainly won’t be happy about it. “I hate celebrities. All those pointless girls. They are ‘famous.’ Ridiculous,” he tells British Vogue before showing them his new collection over tea and cakes. [British Vogue]