Saturday, July 26, 2008

Collaborations with Manolo Blahnik, the God of shoes?

For anyone who is into Sex And The City, you will be familiar with the sentiment that while Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte's style and wardrobe remains firmly planted in the decade of the making of the show, the 90's, Carrie seems to transcend all time with her style.

We all know that the centrepiece of the show was Carrie's obsession with shoes (not unlike my own, but with a much bigger budget/creditcard) centred around Manolo Blahnik. I might not be forgiven for saying this, but I'm really not a Manolo fan... I don't like pointy shoes, and that is definitely his signature look, and I generally don't like dressy strappy sandals. So when I saw some collaborations featured in Elle, I had to look twice. I liked them!

Rag and Bone, popular for their masculinity in womenswear applied this to a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik, a black and white pump, with a short pointy toe, very tuxedo and very nice.

Similarly Band Of Outsiders, a menswear label also worked with Manolo Blahnik to produce what he calls a 'more approachable' shoe, that isn't so serious, more fun. A black and white (is there a theme?) lace up high heel bootie, quite delightful.

I'm not sure if anyone else has any opinion on this but it seems to me like a PR exercise to gain a bit more modern credibility for an outdated brand.

Having said all that, the Mary Jane's in the Vogue closet were pretty special...


AusAnna said...

rag and bone are doing such great things right now!!!!
i wrote a post about their resort wear 09 collection. :)x


I agree with you. I got one pair of red sandals, beautiful but they hurt my toes so badly that I just can't walk with them. See on my blog. And I think Blahnik is just a name now, all collections are design by the NY headquarter and are no longer real Manolo Blahnik's creations.