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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Blahnik shoes

Someone just left this newspaper page lying on the sidewalk... Understand women pay a lot more for their shoes than men do ( and have a lot more of them).

What is there about Blahnik on the internet? His name is Manolo Blahnik Rodriguez...and--

Biography

Display of a Manolo Blahnik shoe
Born to a Czech father and a Spanish mother and born 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 write 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.[2]
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, Chelsea London.
Blahnik's boutiques are located in London, New York, Las Vegas, Dublin, Athens, Madrid, Istanbul, Dubai, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore. 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.
Blahnik was awarded the honorary title of Commander of the British Empire in 2007 for his service to the British fashion industry.
Manolo Blahniks worn by actress Whitney Port

Awards
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)[3]
  • 1997 – The Stiletto
  • 1990 – Accessory Designer of the Year
  • 1987 – Special Award
British Fashion Council[4]
  • 1999 – Accessory Designer of the Year
  • 1990 – Accessory Designer of the Year