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10 Reasons to love Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik is a rare footwear icon: a man who still owns his own label and personally designs each shoe himself. The Spanish-born Blahnik, whose studio is based-in Britain, had developed a cult following long before “Sex and the City” came calling (In one episode, Carrie Bradshaw decried: "You can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and my watch, but please don't take my Manolo Blahniks").

 

Blahnik, whose early sketches were spotted by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland in 1970, has always considered himself something of a fashion anomaly. Less interested in standard trappings of success and more concerned with creativity. Now, the legendary designer is set to be the subject of an upcoming documentary, directed by Michael Roberts. The film will include interview with Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Charlotte Olympia and Iman among others, according to Variety. To celebrate, let’s take a look at Blahnik in his own words:

 

“People walk differently in high heels. Your body sways to a different kind of tempo.”

 

“I think of each new season as an evolution, not a change in style.”

 

“The greatest luxury is being free.”

 

“I don't know why my shoes are so popular - I am always surprised and mystified by it.”

 

“Trends don't interest me.”

 

“About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.”

 

“My shoes are special shoes for discerning feet.”

“I hate these platforms that are all over the place today; they are all about grabbing attention. They are suburban! I never do a platform. Well, I did, in the 1970s, but that was a bad experience.”

 

“The only thing you have to do is just work, and work hard. If you have something to really express, if you want it enough, sooner or later you’ll do it.”

 

“Shoes are the quickest way for women to achieve metamorphosis.”

 

 

 

Dana Karlson is a seasoned digital editor. In 2014 she launched Footwear News’ web site, and prior to that she covered fashion and lifestyle for Glamour.com and British Sky Broadcasting in London. She has worked with top designers including Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, Erdem Moralioglu and Mary Katrantzou, interviewed leading celebrities from Kate Winslet to Mark Wahlberg and reported on Oscars’ fashion for BBC.