The Maestro Charms

Manolo says, once again, the Maestro Manolo Blahnik proves why he shall forever and eternity be our hero, he is simply the most witty, gracious, and charming person.

The word “y’all” comes with hesitation.The Most Charming Maestro Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik sounds it out.

“Yaaaawwwl.”

If he practiced enough, he’d master a Southern drawl someday.

But not today.

“My biggest dream is to talk like a Southern person,” Blahnik says as he settles into a cozy chair at Neiman Marcus in Houston. He blots a trickle of sweat from his face and lets out a faint sigh.

“I need an aspirin. I have a headache,” he says, sweeping his hand across his forehead.

“I was in London on Monday, Atlanta on Tuesday, now Houston. I’m just crazy. I’m 63 years old, you know. I’m no spring chicken!”

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On this day, hundreds of women have lined the shoe department at Neiman Marcus to have a moment with the designer. He signs the soles of their shoes, one by one, with pleasure.

“I’m so glad I don’t have high heels on,” he says laughing.

One woman kicks up her black patent-leather ankle boot. “I don’t know why they like this shoe, but they do,” Blahnik said. If anything, he’s without ego and shies from a chance to promote himself or his shoes.

Another woman shows him color photographs of her 80-pair collection.

“Now, that’s far too many shoes for anyone to own,” he said.

He signs the shoe, smiling.

Charm and graciousness, qualities in short supply in the modern world, but which our Maestro has in abundance.

5 Responses to “The Maestro Charms”

  1. Anonymous January 24, 2007 at 3:21 pm #

    amazing. what a sweet gentleman.

  2. Emily January 24, 2007 at 4:11 pm #

    The Maestro, he is the best. He is charming like in an old-school gentlemanly way that is very appealing.

    I wish people wouldn’t pretend Sarah Jessica Parker made him famous though. Some of us were worshipping him long before that show!

  3. aimlessjoys January 24, 2007 at 4:33 pm #

    And he would like to sound like a Southern Person. My heart swims in blood. What a Nice Guy! I did not know he was born on the Canary Islands. How very fine is that?

  4. beloml January 25, 2007 at 11:19 am #

    A trickle of sweat? It was in the 50s and raining in Houston yesterday!

  5. Never2ManyShoes January 25, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    I’ll be happy to trade the Maestro a pair of shoes for Southern-speech lessons!
    What does he want? Appalachian? Charleston? I can do them all! And for the low low price of 1 pair of his lovely shoes!