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August 31 2014

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45 posts tagged "Manolo Blahnik"

Fashion’s Night Out Ramps Up

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There are plenty of New York fashion week fêtes next month to look forward to—including a Coco Avant Chanel premiere and the relaunch party for Pop magazine—but, trust us, none of them will compare to the party that the CFDA, NYC & Company, the city of New York, and Vogue have planned for Fashion’s Night Out on September 10. As of last count, over 700 stores across all five boroughs have signed up. And as we’ve mentioned before, designers, celebrities, models, and other fashion types will be making special appearances in an effort to lure shoppers back into the shops, and in the process jumpstart the local economy and benefit charities like the NYC AIDS Fund and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. On our to-do list that night: Hit Kirna Zabête for some face time with Thakoon Panichgul, Jason Wu, and the Proenza Schouler boys; make a stop at Rag & Bone for some free beer and Irish band tunes; and swing by 3.1 Phillip Lim to snap up some limited-edition collector’s items. But the list of fashion boldfacers—from Manolo Blahnik and Michael Kors to Mary-Kate and
Ashley Olsen and Sasha Pivovarova—who will be out and about that night is long. For complete details, visit www.fashionsnightout.com/retailers.

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier

Manolo Blahnik To Fashion’s Night Out

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You already know that some of New York’s favorite fashion folk (Carolina Herrera, Alexander Wang, Isaac Mizrahi, Bobbi Brown) will be involved in the wee-hour retail festivities of Fashion’s Night Out. But we just learned that London-based stiletto godfather Manolo Blahnik is hopping the pond to join in the industry-boosting fun on September 10. Will we see more international names as the date nears? You never know, so stay tuned.

Photo: Clint Spaulding/ Patrick McMullan

Valentino: Rodeo King

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After a late night celebrating the premiere of Valentino: The Last Emperor in
L.A. on Wednesday, the iconic Italian designer was honored again on Thursday morning. The City of Beverly Hills presented an emotional Valentino Garavani with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award, which has previously gone to Tom Ford, Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Manolo Blahnik, and Mario Testino. “I feel as beautiful as I possibly can when I wear Valentino,” said Anne Hathaway, who made the presentation and became friends with the designer during The Devil Wears Prada. “I am drunk with compliments,” added Valentino. His signature will be permanently placed on the sidewalk of the famous street.

Photo: Alex J. Berliner / Berliner Studio/BEImages

high drama: heels and the photographers who love them

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My purchase of five-inch-high sandals from Chloé had much to do with having three kids in fours years—I had to elongate the frame to camouflage the couple (OK, three or four—but who’s counting?) extra tummy inches. And, naturally, where else to test them but the school run? Despite wisecracks from my husband (“Did they come with an insurance policy?”) and giggles from my kinders (“Mommy is a giant!”), off I teetered, leaning on my three- and five-year-olds for support. At the school gate, I got a different reaction: Teachers looked disapproving, daddies looked startled and stirred, and mommies walked quickly in the other direction. I heard one murmur “slut”—and not quite under her breath—before she moved off. Success!

Later that day, at Christopher Kane and Aquascutum, shoes proved to be the focal point, especially Kane’s amusing dinosaur-horned jobbies. But I was still somewhat taken aback when a photographer dropped to his knees and started snapping away at my five-inch-ers. “I don’t have a foot fetish,” explained Kamel Lahmadi, who runs www.styleandthecity.com. “It’s just that heels and feet and toes are fascinating.” Right.

The fascination continued at Harrods’ launch of Rock & Republic‘s cosmetics line. Here, photographers were snapping away at guest Samantha Bunting, who was wearing a short Azzedine Alaïa dress, bare legs, and Manolo Blahnik steel-toed python booties made expressly for Christopher Kane’s show—the same pair owned by Carine Roitfield.

The boots were a gift from her pals Tammy and Christopher Kane, Bunting explained, and they get noticed everywhere she goes. “I went to three fashion shows and the photogs were taking pix of anyone who had great heels,” she observed. “Clothes are fading into the background. You can wear high street and no one will notice if you have a killer pair of heels on—they eclipse every outfit.”

Photo: James McCauley

the manolo report

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We interrupt this fashion season for a quick Manolo update. Apparently, a certain Blahnik shoe played an important role in a rather popular film that came out this summer, Sex and the City. According to several of the women crowding the shoe salon at Bergdorf Goodman on Friday afternoon, the television program on which this film was based represented something of a cultural phenomenon; namely, Carrie Bradshaw’s pioneering of the hunting and gathering of remarkable footwear as an Olympic-worthy sport. The women at Bergdorf’s, in any case, had followed Bradshaw’s lead, preordering pairs of Blahnik’s blue satin Sex and the City stiletto, and upon its arrival at the store on Friday, found themselves clutching their spiffy new boxes with patient fervor as they waited for the dapper Mr. Blahnik himself to autograph the soles of their new purchases. (It should be noted that both Whitney Port and Olivia Palermo were both spotted at the shoe salon, though neither girl was waiting in line.) Blahnik, for his part, was nonplussed by all the excitement; though he said he’s gotten used to his iconic status, shoe-wise, the SATC frenzy has been a nonstop surprise. “I had no idea any of this would happen,” he said, blinking at the curlicueing queue of fans. “They asked us for a shoe, we made 14 pairs and sent them off, and they never told us which one they were using or what role the shoe would play in the film. I think this may be the most famous shoe in the world.” Did he approve of the way the Blahnik shoe had been used in the film? “I don’t know,” he admitted. “I haven’t seen it. I think I’ll go tomorrow.”

Photo: Courtesy of Manolo Blahnik