Only one man has earned the nickname “king of shoes” by queen Naomi Campbell and had Anna Wintour profess that she only wears his footwear. His name is Manolo Blahnik and his legendary, romanticized shoes are the subject of a new, star-studded documentary called Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards.
Yes, long before the 74-year-old designer became the go-to shoemaker to the stars, he was a child designing tiny shoes for lizards. The preview for the Michael Roberts-directed documentary, set for release in September, traces back the life of the man credited with reviving the stiletto heel in the 1970s. Among the packed roster of celebrity interviews, there are moments with Isaac Mizrahi, Paloma Picasso, Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell, and Rihanna—the latter laughing along as the designer reveals men get angry with him because their wives love his shoes more than them.
It also features some extremely quotable dialogue, like the line: “I was not a very quiet boy. Never was, never will be.” Fuck it up, girl. While we wait for the official release and strap on your Manolo’s for the premiere, catch up on some of the best fashion documentaries of the last five years, including 2010’s Bill Cunningham and 2014’s Dior and I.
Karl Lagerfeld is having a big week, which we’d imagine is pretty standard for the fashion giant. Following the news of his guest appearance on Kim Kardashian’s wildly successful mobile app, the British Fashion Council announced today the 82-year-old designer will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award on Nov. 23 at the British Fashion Awards.
Lagerfeld joins an impressive lineup of previous winners, including Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, iD Founders Terry and Tricia Jones and Designer Manolo Blahnik. His award is in recognition of the designer’s impressive lifelong contributions to the industry as creative director of luxury labels Chanel and Fendi.
“Karl Lagerfeld defines outstanding,” said British Fashion Council Chairman Natalie Massenet. “In Karl’s hands the future of fashion will be an exceptional one.”
This week, the atrium of Lane Crawford‘s flagship store at the ifc mall in Hong Kong was transformed into a tribute pop-up for legendary luxury footwear designer, Manolo Blahnik. The two renowned brands teamed up to provide visitors with an intimate look into the world of Manolo by curating an enchanting exhibit of the designer’s personal photographs and inspirations, as well as a unique showcase of the house’s archive collections and collaboration items.
Highlights from the installation, which took place February 14 and 15, include the re-release of ten archival Manolo Blahniks from the past four decades, leather gloves in collaboration with Causse Gantier, hand-engraved stationary by New York’s own Connor, Italian silk scarves with printed Manolo shoe sketches by Olmetto, and gourmet hampers by Fortum & Mason, which featured items hand-picked by Mr. Manolo himself. The designer’s personal photographs were also on display and included images taken in the ’70s and ’80s of notables like Katherine Hepburn and Grace Coddington.
A selection of archival footwear on display. Check out that hiking boot!
Paging Anna Dello Russo. This shoe is so major.
Stationary by Connor, leather gloves by Causse Gantier, and silk printed scarves by Olmetto.
This is probably the best footwear news I’ve heard in a while (aside from the fact that the shoes at the Derek Lam sample sale are pretty much topping out at $75… so, go.) Thanks to a partnership with New York’s own Bergdorf Goodman and Manolo Blahnik’s Italian factories, you can customize and order a pair of classic Manolo BBs with your preferred heel height, color, and material. Whether you lean more toward a demure kittenish height or want ‘em as up, up, up as they go (115 centimeters) you can get your single sole any way you want it.
Every pair is made to order and will ship straight from Italy within six weeks (if you can handle the wait). If you need a pair for the holidays, or are generous enough to be putting a pair together as a gift, get your order in at Bergdorf Goodman by November 5. The customization process is available in-store and online.
To any of my loved ones listening in: I’m partial to the shimmer patent navy in the highest heel. Thanks!
We know who won’t be wearing Manolo Blahnik heels at this Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards. In a recent Q&A for the March issue of Interview, the iconic footwear purveyor quips that the starlets of today are difficult to disinguish. " I don’t even know Amanda Seyfried or whatever—they’re all the same! I try to remember—the only one I remember is Julia Roberts because she’s particular. Anne Hathaway… Pretty? Yes. Wonderful actress? Yes. But, I mean, I don’t even remember her. What is it about her?" Ouch.
Blahnik goes on to say that Hathaway was really good as Cat Woman in The Dark Night Rises but he just doesn’t remember her. So, who are the stars that Manolo does like? "I almost fainted on that girl, the tiny woman from France, no, from Mexico… Salma Hayek," he tells Tim Blanks. "But she’s a sweet girl, beautiful. I love that. This is what I really love: Where are those girls? I was looking the other day, Lara Flynn Boyle in Twin Peaks and that other girl Sherilyn Fenn—they’re old-school girls like Elizabeth Taylor, and I think that’s so fabulous." Peep the complete interview here.
Here is a killer deal! I came across these stunning, deeply discounted Manolo Blahnik Cuticula heels for only $359 at Barneys. I was sure they were only available in size 5, then discovered they have practically every size from 6 to 10! Get on them now—discounted from $895, these beauties are sure to go quickly.
As the year winds down and we prepare to say so long to 2010, it’s time to go back and reflect on some of the greatest heels to hit the streets this year. From favorites and legends such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik, to newly minted Designer of the Year Brian Atwood, our feet have seen some incredible shoes in 2010. As our obsession with footwear continues to grow, heels are getting higher, sharper, and sleeker, and we are more willing to wear them than ever! There’s no doubt 2011 will bring even more addictive styles and we will spend our paychecks willingly. All hail the mighty stiletto and thank you for an incredible year of smoldering, back-breaking beauty! First up, these Christian Louboutin Tahiti Flower Shoes, $1095.
The Manolo Blahnik boutique sale is coming up on January 3. Start your year off right with Manolos at discount prices. A recent study (conducted by me) shows that women can never have enough shoes. So mark your calendars for January 3 and get over to your nearest Manolo Blahnik boutique to ensure you maintain a clean bill of shoe health.
We love our Manolos, Choos, and Louboutins, but we need to give our feet a break once in a while. George Malkemus of Manolo Blahnik said it best, “People don’t walk in these shoes. They sit at bar stools and attract crowds.” With all the walking we do here in NYC, it’s essential to carry a pair of flats in your bag. Though sometimes I’m carrying a small clutch and that isn’t an option. By Friday my feet have had enough. If you need to walk more than 20 feet from the bar stool to the bathroom, it’s wise to wear some different shoes. You’ll be glad to hear, there’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort. Here are some options that are both comfortable AND cute. Shh, no one has to know!