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!

Ave Atque Vale

Gladiator by Stuart Weitzman   Manolo LIkes!  Click!

Manolo says, here from the Stuart Weitzman are the ultimate gladiator sandals.

The Manolo likes these sandals, but he also knows that you would have to be spectacular sort of woman to wear them effectively, the bronzed and oiled amazonian warrior perhaps, or some sort of the modern gladatrix.