Manolo Blahnik Bridal Shoes Biography
Yesterday we talked about zeroing in on what matters to you most so you can splurge accordingly. And we showed off some heavenly Loeffler Randall bridal heels that are totally worth the splurge!
I'm a shoe girl so when I walk down the aisle, it'll have to be in a pair of Jimmy Choos, Christian Louboutins or Manolo Blahniks. Don't get me wrong... I'm not running around Chicago in these uber-expensive, ultra luxurious shoes. But when it comes to special occasions, you better believe I'm breaking out the best!
WWD just announced that the great Manolo Blahnik will be introducing two new shoe styles on September 7th, 2011. Collaborating with Mimi Plange (a native of Africa) these killer kicks will reflect 'the Victorian dress of the Herero tribe and the traditional dress of the Himba women of Namibia' without compromising the integrity of the original Manolo Blahnik shoe.
And for 2011-2012 brides' dreaming of walking the white aisle in a pair of Manolos, you're in luck! One of the new styles (featured above), an eggshell blue high-heel sandal featuring a handmade leather tassel, is picture perfect for your something blue! What do you think? Worth the splurge or not at all? We want to hear from you, savvy brides!
How were you first introduced to the iconic designer, Manolo Blahnik? Are you a fashion purest – basically born knowing this designer’s work? Did Carrie Bradshaw Sex & The City columnist do the honors?Or was it thanks to the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn film, where Bella Swan wears Manolo Blahnik pumps for her wedding.
No matter how you were introduced, I’d like to introduce you to the two pairs of heels pictured above that I found on the shelves. waiting to be adored, at the Kaimuki Goodwill store. Perhaps you’re the right fit for the shoe. Find out at this summer’s Ultimate Shopping event called – Bank of Hawaii Presents Goodwill Goes GLAM! The GLAM! Sale is open to the public August 24-26, 2012 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. But you may want to check out the Pre-Sale to have first access to some of the fab finds. The Goodwill Gala & VIP Pre-sale takes place on August 23, 2012 – click here to learn more about the exclusive VIP Fast Pass waiting list.
Meet the Magnificent Manolo Blahnik:
(Excerpt from Wikipedia) Born to a Czech father and a Spanish mother and raised in the Canary Islands (Spain), Blahnik graduated from the University of Geneva in 1965 and studied art in Paris. He moved to London in 1968 to work at fashion boutique “Zapata” and wrote for Vogue Italia. After showing his portfolio of fashions and set designs to Diana Vreeland, she told him that he should design only footwear. In 1972, Ossie Clark invited him to create shoes for his runway show. With a loan of £2,000, Blahnik bought Zapata from its owner and opened his own boutique.
In the 1970s, when chunky platform shoes and boots were the mainstream footwear styling of the day, Manolo Blahnik turned back his attention to the stiletto heel, which has remained the brand’s mainstay to this day. Manolo Blahnik shoes have rapidly become a symbol of pure classical style for the 21st century.
Manolo Blahnik’s flagship store remains to date in Old Church Street in the fashionable Chelsea district of London.
Blahnik’s boutiques are located in London, New York, Las Vegas, Dublin, Athens, Madrid, Istanbul, Dubai, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Stockholm. Bloomingdales (for which he created his first American collection), Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue carry his line in the United States and newly opened in Dubai Mall. The company has signed a long-term deal with the shoewear retailer Kurt Geiger to operate Manolo Blahnik boutiques.
Blahnik was awarded the honorary title of Commander of the British Empire in 2007 for his service to the British fashion industry
A film showing Manolo as a little boy running around the gardens of his hometown in the Canary Islands obsessed with making shoes for the little reptiles out of candy wrappers. One can easily see where Manolo’s love of nature and botany comes from and how they always permeate his designs. There is also a cameo by Rupert Everett, who for a brief moment plays the adult Manolo reminiscing about his childhood. Directed by Michael Roberts.This short film offers a spectacle of Manolo working hands-on in the factories, directing an orchestra of artisans around him and carving the wooden last as if playing the violin to Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor. It features the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. A full blown fantasy featuring Amanda Harlech, Lucy Birley along with her sons Tara and Otis and the ravishing Olympia Campbell. Here, the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection is weaved into a Henry James style ghost story shot in the English countryside. Directed by Michael Roberts.
Mad about Manolo Blahnik – the two fab pairs of heels were at the Kaimuki Goodwill store and will be sold at Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM