It is said with just a pair of gorgeous heels, women will be able to take over the world. But that perfect pair of heels has to be the most powerful, empowering, majestic and sophisticated pair that she has ever laid eyes on. Introducing Manolo Blahnik. This Spanish shoe designer has changed the way we define femininity with his urban-modern heels that blends in experimental design with classic elegance. His stunning creation are instantly recognizable that to their signature stiletto heel and luxurious texture. Unafraid of bold colours, patterns and embellishment, Blahnik’s intrepid efforts have established his as a design icon in today’s fashion industry.
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To try to define Manolo Blahnik's designs is to try to define the work of an ever-evolving artist. Each season is a little bit different, but the sophisticated and moderate balance of the heel is one thing he always keeps in check. His designs are often marked by a sleek and slender stiletto—not too high—Blahnik insists that the perfect heel height for women is actually two inches. It’s way easier to walk and you would still have that graceful movement to your body. The rest, all those higher than 2 inch are pure cartoon shoes – Manalo Blahnik. If you think about it, what he says kind of makes sense. These sky high heels are all just pretty in the picture but when you start walking in them, you would understand the very reason he calls them cartoon shoes.
Blahnik is a craftsman. The exquisitely shaped lasts and heels he creates for his shoes are still perfected with his very own hands. The lines and silhouette of his distinctive designs, however, remain instantly recognisable as unique, inimitable exercises in precision and balance, exquisite workmanship and luxury. “Shoes,” he says, “help transform a woman.”
Today, armed with over 40 years of experience in this particular industry, the 72 year old designer has received 10 major awards, spanning from the CFDA to the British Fashion Council as well as being honoured by Queen Elizabeth II.
Can you imagine what would happen when the princess of pop joins forces with the king of the stiletto? The world’s fiercest shoes collection that would have everyone bowing down to it, that is what would happen. Add another designer credit to Rihanna’s already-packed incredible fashion CV as this pop princess collaborates with high heel master Manolo Blahnik.
The collection, aptly titled "Denim Desserts," features six limited edition styles in various washes of denim. Embellished with sequins and intricate beading, the shoes are inspired by Rihanna's hand tattoos. The standout shoe is hands down the crotch-high "9 to 5" boot which Rihanna wears in her latest British Vogue Cover. Other styles include an embellished lace-up bootie, a strappy stiletto sandal, and a closed-toe sandal covered in blue sequins.
“Those boots are dangerous”, which is exactly what Rihanna said. “If you’re trying to get back home to your bed, got wear them boots! You will get kidnapped in those boots, those boots are trouble”.
Blahnik said that he is "absolutely thrilled with the results" of the collaboration, adding that "working with Rihanna has been amazing and her drive, passion, creativity, and style has been reflected in the designs, with fabulous results." Rihanna is so psyched about the collection that she's pledged to chase anyone down if she sees them wearing it. And that may be reason enough to buy a pair.
"The day I see a woman in the street wearing my shoes... I am sorry for that woman because I'm going to literally run after her, shouting, 'Stop! Selfie! Who are you? Where did you get them?'" she said. "I'm going to have a moment!"
Manolo Blanhik has proclaimed that his shoes have saved couples from marital trouble.
"The male reaction to heels is half normal and half perversion, but some men tell me I've saved their marriage," he says. "The first thing men look at are a woman's legs, and there is nothing more flattering than high heels."
The footwear legend, whose shoes are worn by all from Sarah Jessica Parker to Naomi Campbell, admits that he has little interest in the world of celebrity.
"It's not the vulgarity of it - vulgarity's ok and bad taste is ok too, sometimes - although when all those football people buy your shoes...Really I'm not interested in all that."
Who does Blahnik think has worn his designs best?
"Princess Diana was special. She wore my shoes with such grace and had a luminosity I've only seen matched by Julie Christie," he tells the Telegraph. "Maybe Kate Moss has something of that too, now, because she's funny as well as being beautiful, but really the whole celebrity phenomenon is only of importance because it makes you money."
If you would like that same flair of grace and elegance Princess Diana had, it’s time to get down to iprice for your Manolo Blahnik heels today. Happy shopping.