45 posts tagged "Manolo Blahnik"
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.
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.”
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.”