Manolo Blahnik Adds Heat to London With Men’s Store Opening

MANOLO MADNESS: The temperature was soaring inside London’s Burlington Arcade on Wednesday night, but the guests — not surprisingly — refused to go home. They were there to mark the opening of fashion footwear doyen Manolo Blahnik’s first men’s store, an Edwardian jewel of a space, and they were in a joyous mood.
Blahnik, who was looking cool in a sky-blue suit and artfully undone bow tie with stripes, played host to press, stylists, fellow luxury retailers and industry investors at the Mayfair arcade, which had been closed off for the night.
Evangeline Blahnik, the designer’s sister and an architect of the business, and her daughter Kristina Blahnik, the company’s chief executive officer, mingled in the arcade, which had been lined with flower carts showcasing the men’s shoes and a rainbow of colored paper lanterns ahead of the Pride in London parade on Saturday.
There were do-it-yourself ice cream sundae and cotton candy stalls, while guests drank Pimm’s, Britain’s fruity (but alcoholic) summer drink, and Champagne and dipped into icy buckets filled with oysters. At the entrance, dapper men passed out copies of The Blahnik Chronicles, a newspaper dedicated to the designer and his style.
Features included “The Gospel According to Manolo,” with rules to

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Manolo Blahnik Furthers Asia Expansion With Singapore Store Opening

LONDON — Manolo Blahnik continues to strengthen its position in Asia with a retail location set to open in Singapore next month.
The store will be located at the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall, which has the largest portfolio of designer boutiques in Asia.
The triple tower complex, one of the biggest attractions in Singapore, also brings together a luxury hotel, casino, museum, restaurants and theaters topped with an infinity pool and a sky park.
“Marina Bay Sands is one of the most recognized places in Singapore. It has been at the forefront of uniquely combining innovative architecture, luxury shopping and leisure, so I am very excited that now Manolo Blahnik will be part of this special concept,” said Kristina Blahnik, the label’s chief executive officer.
The space was created by the architect Nick Leith-Smith, a longtime collaborator of the brand, who approaches each retail project by melding Blahnik’s vision with elements of local architecture, materials and cultural context. The aim is to create unique retail spaces that tell the stories of their locales.
The Marina Bay Sands location, opening its doors to the public on May 16 and spanning 474 square feet, blends traditional and modernist influences to reflect the mix of architectural styles

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Heels on Fire: Manolo Blahnik Film Trailer Promises Laughs

GREAT HEELS OF FIRE: Manolo Blahnik’s cinematic moment is building with the release of the trailer for his upcoming biopic and documentary “Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards.”
The film, which will be released on Sept. 15 in New York, features interviews with industry figures including Anna “I don’t look at anyone else’s shoes” Wintour, and André Leon Talley, who calls Blahnik a poet “up there with Baudelaire.”
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Rihanna, David Bailey, John Galliano, Naomi Campbell and Paloma Picasso are among those who feature in the film, which was directed by Michael Roberts, produced by Nevision, Neil Zeiger, Gillian Mosely and Bronwyn Cosgrave.
Blahnik is a natural in front of the camera, despite the fact that he’s never really courted fame or publicity.
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“Oh no, no, no! I love movies desperately, but I have no pretentions or illusions of me being an object of the camera,” he told WWD last year.
“I am a mess in front of the camera. I said to Michael the only condition is that I don’t want to be filmed too much because some days I’m run down or sick.

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First Lady Melania Trump Wears Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik for Trip to the Western Wall

ALL WHITE: While the president made his historic trip to the Western Wall Monday, First Lady Melania Trump and First Daughter Ivanka Trump made their way to the women’s section of the wall.
FLOTUS chose a Michael Kors Collection suit for the momentous photo-op, pairing the belted white jacket and slimming skirt with red and white Manolo Blahnik zebra-printed stilettos. The Trumps also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Monday during what will be a 28-hour stay.
Earlier in the morning she and the President were greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Sara Netanyahu reportedly told the First Lady “You know, in Israel all the people like us. The media hate us but the people love us,” according to The Times of Israel. The two women were expected to have more time to talk Monday night at a private dinner with the Netanyahus.
In the midst of a multiday trip in the Middle East — the first couple’s first official overseas journey — Monday’s trip to the Western Wall marked the first one by a sitting U.S. President.
The First Lady has worn Michael Kors on a few key occasions including for the start

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Manolo Blahnik Unveils Exhibition in Milan

“Joy” is the word shoe designer Manolo Blahnik used to sum up 46 years of his career, displayed and celebrated in Milan through a new exhibition. Running from Jan. 26 to April 9, the “Manolo Blahnik. The Art of Shoes” retrospective showcases 212 shoes — selected among more than 30,000 styles — and 80 sketches in the suggestive, 18th-century location of Palazzo Morando, situated in the city’s tony district near Via Montenapoleone.
“I do all this with immense joy,” Blahnik said about his activity, admitting that money has never been on his mind while sketching a pair of shoes, but everything he has ever worked on has been done “just because I like it.”

Manolo Blahnik attending the exhibition on his name in Milan. 
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Curated by Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, who worked on the project for the past two years, the exhibition intends to celebrate Blahnik’s work as a form of art, highlighting the designer’s creativity, vision and craftsmanship. Divided in six areas according to Blahnik’s leitmotifs and inspirations, the venue includes the “Gala” section, displaying the most imaginative styles, such as the ones created for Sofia Coppola’s movie “Marie Antoinette.” Dedicated corners focusing on materials, art, architecture and the many geographical

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Sofía Vergara’s Son Manolo Makes His Modeling Debut–and Is Smoking Hot BTW

Manolo Gonzalez Vergara, Sofia Vergara's Son, Paper MagazineSofía Vergara’s only child is turning heads himself these days and is following in his mom’s footsteps.
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Manolo Blahnik Books First-ever Personal Appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue

SHOE IN: Manolo Blahnik will make his first-ever personal appearance at a Saks Fifth Avenue store next month. On Sept. 10 the stiletto-maker will appear within his Saks shop-in-shop boutique — located on the retailer’s “10022” shoe floor — for a signing.
From 5 to 7 p.m., shoppers who purchase a new pair of Blahniks can have their shoes signed by the footwear impresario.
Blahnik’s Saks shop-in-shop — his first-ever permanent retail fixture at a Saks store — opened within the retailer’s Manhattan flagship location earlier this month.
“New York is a very important city for me, so seeing this shop coming to life means a lot…It is very exciting to meet new faces and see the usual customers again. I really enjoy communicating with them; it’s always great to hear their experiences and feedback in first person,” Blahnik said of the event.

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