Manolo Moments

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 Manolo Blahnik’s  fame multiplied with Sex And The City. Sarah Jessica Parker went ga-ga over it. When things with Mr.Big was on shaky ground or life itself, she went for Manolo Therapy. Happy and how!

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Madonna claims it’s better than sex. Anna Wintour wears it and so does Victoria Beckham.

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Half Czech and half Spanish, this affable shoe designer grew up on a banana plantation on the Canary Islands. His mother and fashion magazines were his only link to fashion. He studied literature and architecture in Geneva, moving to Paris where he studied art.

manolo-blahnik-pepe-sandalsIt was the Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who suggested he design shoes and that’s how it all began. He bought Zappato in London in the early 70s and his shoes found their way to the US around 1978.

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His shoes – with cherries and all – were made for designer Ossie Clark. Though Blahnik had endless visions of what he wanted, how he wanted it and the ladies who’d wear it, it took him time to technically get it right, lacking as he was a formal education in shoe making.

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The designer is known for designing and making prototypes of every one of the shoes that carry his name. After sketching them in Bath, he sculpts and chisels the heel, after which they go into production in his factories in Italy.  His shoes are made with anthracite leather, patent leather, nappa leather, lightweight aluminium, rings and even African beads.

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 He has played with thong sandals, slingbacks, booties and ankle straps, each of which exude feminine frivolity, style and art.

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 He has worked with designers like Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi.

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– anuraadha

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~ by anuraadha on May 9, 2009.

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