Bridal Love: Manolo Blahnik
In 1965, he left Geneva for Paris to study art and made ends meet by working at GO, a vintage clothes store on rue de Bonaparte. Paloma Picasso, a friend from Paris, arranged for him to meet Diana Vreeland, the editor of US Vogue. When she looked at his drawings, Vreeland exclaimed: “How amusing. Amusing. You can do accessories very well. Why don’t you do that? Go make shoes. Your shoes in these drawings are so amusing.”
Manolo began designing for Zapata, a boutique on Old Church Street in Chelsea. In 1972 Ossie Clark, the famed fashion designer, asked him to design the shoes for his next collection. The shoes looked extraordinary – one pair sported red cherries entwined around the ankles and a vertiginous heel. By then, his shoes at Zapata were sought after by Vogue editors, such as Grace Coddington, and hip young actresses like Jane Birkin and Charlotte Rampling. In 1974, he became the first man to appear on the cover of British Vogue – photographed in a passionate clutch with Angelica Huston by David Bailey.
Let’s take a look are some wedding contenders…
(Carrie Bradshaw’s favourites. She wore them in the ‘something blue’ colour)
Sedaraby in silver (also available in white satin)
Sedaraby in gold
All the Manolo shoes above are available at Barneys.