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Manolo Blahnik

Anyone who’s ever seen or heard about a little TV series called Sex and the City has heard about Manolo Blahnik. But other than he’s designing amazing shoes (which is really enough), what else do you know of him?

Let’s see… Manuel Blahnik Rodriguez is a Spanish fashion designer, who studied art in Paris and moved to London in the late sixties to write for Italian Vogue. (Already crushing, aren’t you?)

In the 1970s when platform shoes were all the rage, Blahnik decided to do something different, after advice from fashion oracle Diana Vreeland, something retro even – he started designing shoes with a stiletto heel, and this classical style is still his trademark.

Classical, I said, but not boring. He combines elegant elements with the colorful, the fun, the playful – but always, always classy and stylish and faboulously beautiful.

Madonna once said that Manolo Blahnik’s shoes are better than sex. Now that’s something.

To Madonna’s comment, Blahnik (awesome, sarcastic, wish-he-was-my-best-friend man that he is) replied: “You have to admire her. Seh hides her lack of talent so well.” Nice, Mr. Blahnik. Very nice.

And did you know that this fabolous man likes books? He does. One of his favorites? Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Mr. Blahnik says that he is absolutely enchanted by this book, which he has read several times, and he loved getting the chance to design a new cover for the book when Penguin celebrated their 60th anniversary. Check it out:

So far, I’m sad to say, this is the only Manolo Blahnik I own, but let me promise you, one day, there’ll be more. The thing about shoes is; they can make or break an outfit. But with Manolos, you don’t have to worry about that. They will only ever improve your already fabolous look.

Love, Hanna

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