Manolo Blahnik

If you are like me, you would have heard of the phrase “Manolo Blahnik” for the first time from Sex and the City.

When Carrie Bradshaw, the shoe-loving central character of the HBO TV series Sex And The City, took a wrong turn after lunch in SoHo she found herself on one of New York’s grungier side streets and face-to-face with a mugger. “Please sir,” she pleaded. “You can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and my watch, but don’t take my Manolo Blahniks.” Unfortunately for Carrie, the mugger did just that and ran off with her favourite pair of strappy sandals.
Manolo Blahnik/Show Designer

Later Carrie calculated her annual shoe spending and came to the realization that the amount of money she spent on shoes would have been enough for a downpayment in NYC.

Actually, I didn’t even remeber the designer’s name. Just some ridiculously expensive shoes. Crazy women. For $400 a pair, i didn’t have any need to know the name of the shoe. Later when my friend J mentioned the name “Manolo,” I felt a minor shock. You mean, people actually do know the name of this shoe designer? And people actually BUY them? Outside of a TV series set in NYC? WOW!

But i never bothered to look them up when i do go shopping. Partly because I, again, forget the spelling of the last name.

Then when we were in Vegas, we saw these $3500 Manolos. I was amuzed but hardly impressed. Another marketing scheme aimed for those brand-name-crazed women, I thought. Shrugged it off.

Low and behold, Gui sent me this link from National Geographic today, and I was hooked.

Politically correct or not, there is an irresistible urge to pet this shoe; put it on a leash; take it to bed. It is a Manolo Blahnik high heel, and for more than 30 years, Blahnik has designed shoes that are the accessory to a fairy tale: Shoes made of rhinestones, feathers, sequins, buttons, bows, beads, grommets, rings, chains, ribbons, silk brocade, bits of coral, lace, fur (from farm-raised animals, he adds), alligator, ostrich—everything, perhaps, but woven unicorn forelock.

I got curious and started doing a little research. Next thing i knew, I fell in love with Manolo Blahnik’s original sketch of his shoes. Stilletos are not my thing. I know I would never ever wear a pair of Manolo. But looking at the illustration he did for his creation, how could anyone not feel attracted to them? They are, truely, modern art.

I even start to understand why Madona has compared Manolo Blahnik’s shoes to sex. Take a look at this, doesn’t it look sensual to you?

Here are some of these illustrations I could find from the internet.

Even better, there is already a collection of all of his drawings up to 2003 in a book!
manolo blahnik drawings.

One thought on “Manolo Blahnik

  1. I love the sketches a lot more than the shoes!! I…am…even…willing… to spend a few hundred dollars for one 😀

    Jean’s Reply:
    me too me too! I love the sketches more than the shoes, too. But after looking at it for so long, all my own shoes now look ugly to me. 🙁
    This is not good…. :p

    heeheee. “to spend a few hundred dollars for one!” for a pair of shoes? or the sketch? 🙂

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