Women love shoes. Shoe shopping has almost become a fashion pastime. We can never have enough shoes to go with all the outfits in our closet.
If you were to take a poll to determine the most glorious and glamorous shoe designer, it would have to be Manolo Blahnik. His shoes scream royalty in every sense of the word. Even Carrie Bradshaw of ‘Sex and the City’ fame got weak in the knees every time she laid eyes on these magnificent heels.
Most recently in November, Manolo was duly recognized as he received the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by The British Fashion Council at The British Fashion Awards in London. It signified one of the most important awards of the evening. “It is a great honor to be receiving this award from the British Fashion Council. To be recognized for doing something I love is really wonderful.” This exemplified just how large an impact that the popular designer has had on the global fashion industry.
Furthermore, the panel of judges that determined the final choices were made up of leading internationally acclaimed designers, journalists and retailers such as Anna Wintour, Dylan Jones and Suzy Menkes so it makes the recognition even more meaningful.
Blahnik has been in the industry for over 40 years now and has proven that he is one of the most influential footwear designers of all time. This is not the first time he has been recognized for his work. Taking the British Fashion Awards Accessory Designer of the Year in 1990, 1999 and 2003, it only confirmed the beauty and elegance of his work. In 2007, he was awarded honorary title of Commander of the British Empire for his service to the British Fashion Industry.
Manolo Blahnik shoes are the epitome of indulgence, superb craftsmanship and he is a leader in aesthetic style. In 2003, the Design Museum in London opened a major exhibition of his work and in collaboration, Thames & Hudson produced ‘Drawings’, a collection of Manolo’s best sketches used at the beginning of his design process giving viewers insight into his creative world.
If you are searching for the perfect shoe, his boutiques stretch across the world in London, New York, Las Vegas, Athens, Madrid, Istanbul, Dubai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Stockholm.
So what does 2013 hold for Manolo Blahnik? He will continue to work with designers around the globe. In February, he will be working with the British Fashion Council on the creative brief for London Fashion Week’s campaign and central location at The Somerset House where his creative concept will become the backdrop and being of London Fashion Week. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Manolo Blahnik’s contribution to the fashion world is a living testament to the passion and drive that he has for his design career and how much the customer base that he has built over the years means to him.