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!