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Manolo Blahnik, 1974

… everything that he did was to do with expressing himself. It was really only from his interest and passion that he dressed like that. He didn’t look like anyone else at that time because it was the time of hippies … and there he was like a creature from a completely different century. 

Penelope Tree, British former fashion model and friend of Manolo Blahnik.

This quote is from an interview with Ms. Tree in the documentary film, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards.  She worked with Blahnik in London back in his early career. He initially wanted to be a fashion designer, but when he showed his illustrations to then US Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, she encouraged him to design shoes.

Evidently. Blahnik liked his clothes and he was very particular. A man of taste, he insisted on well-tailored suits made of quality fabric in unique patterns. As Ms. Tree points out, he was wearing suits and more tailored clothing in an era when trends called for t-shirts and jeans. Today he’s still a dapper fella, sporting suits and bow ties.

I love a fashionable rebel!


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The woman carries the clothes, but the shoe carries the woman.

– Christian Louboutin, shoe designer.

Nice quote but ironic coming from Mr. Louboutin given his recent influx of impolite shoe designs. Seems to me these unattractive devices of torture certainly do not carry the woman. Indeed this style of shoe gives women an awkward gait, struggling from step to step with fingers crossed that they won’t take an embarrassing tumble. And this shoe is an inappropriate choice pretty much everywhere except perhaps for a strip club.

Shoes by Christian Louboutin.

Shoes by Christian Louboutin.

Mr. Louboutin commented in a video, shown at the recent Fashion Institute of Technology shoe exhibit, that he created a very high heel thinking: Oh, women will not wear this. But they did, so he created even higher and higher, and he says (with a shrug in his tone) that he’ll keep on raising the heel as long as women keep buying.

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