The Maestro Speaks

Manolo says, the Maestro Manolo Blahnik (whom we worship with all of our being) has given the typical Blanikian stream-of-the-consciousness interview to the Guardian. Here is the juicy and entertaining except.

You ask if a woman can wear my shoes if she is not blessed with fine ankles? All is not lost! There are tricks to draw the eye; a bow at the ankle to divert the gaze and the cut over the toes. The woman I would refuse is the one who asks for platform shoes. If one of the designers I work with is having a platform-heeled moment, I say no, I just can’t. The platform is the Frankenstein of footwear.

The strangest place I have seen my shoes, well I tell you, once I was in Beijing, at the Ming emperors’ tombs, and you queue, queue, queue to get into the subterranean interlocking vaults and down there, I spotted a young woman, an American, and I said: ‘You’re wearing my pumps!’ I was happy she thought my heels were comfortable for sight-seeing in China. It was pitch dark almost, but of course I could spot my shoes. Mind you, for sightseeing, she had chosen them in off-white, well, a very light beige.

Truly, he is the most delightful of humans!

4 Responses to “The Maestro Speaks”

  1. carefulnow March 13, 2007 at 1:03 am #

    No platforms? (pout) I had a beautiful pair of platforms in 1976. One needed platforms to dance the disco…

  2. Akelamalu March 13, 2007 at 10:28 am #

    Manolos for sightseeing? If I owned a pair they’d be in a glass display case!

  3. me March 13, 2007 at 4:23 pm #

    “The woman I would refuse is the one who asks for platform shoes. If one of the designers I work with is having a platform-heeled moment, I say no, I just can’t. The platform is the Frankenstein of footwear.”

    HELL TO THE YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. teresa March 26, 2007 at 10:29 pm #

    I love the man…iI have about a hundred pairs. I have not purchased a pair of platforms this time around.
    I have a pair I purchased on e-bay recently and I suspect they are ‘counterfiet’ The label is sewn in haphazzardly and on top, not typical of the inset sewing. Does anyone know of sights to identify counterfiets?