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1, 2017. Roberts has directed a new documentary on the life of Blahnik, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards. 1, 2017. Roberts has directed a new documentary on the life of . more
If you say the name Manolo Blahnik to most women between the ages of 20 and death, you likely get a nod of recognition and possibly a sigh of reverence. The 74 year old shoemaker has been beloved in the fashion industry and by well heeled ladies since the 1970s. He exploded even bigger in the pop culture stratosphere with the brand role as Carrie Bradshaw favorite footwear in the and the City book, television series and film adaptations.
But the documentary The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, directed by Michael Roberts and out in theaters Friday, Sept. 22, delves deeper into the Spanish designer creative process and reveals the man behind the most celebrated shoes of recent decades.
Blahnik childhood in Santa Cruz de la Palma in Spain Canary Islands is lushly illustrated in the documentary by the first of many Vaseline filtered re creations with actors. The designer own recollections paint the most vivid pictures throughout the film, as do his sketches and the extraordinary parade of shoes that go by like models pivoting on the runway.
From Spain, the dreamy, couture obsessed boy (who did literally make shoes for lizards as a child) found his way into the center of the swinging Parisian and London scenes of the late As famous fashion personalities like former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, jewelry designer Paloma Picasso, models Naomi Campbell, Iman and Karlie Kloss,
and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour attest throughout the film, Blahnik was both a throwback to another era with his impeccable, foppish presentation and yet totally of the moment with the fanciful, original and expensive (shoes start around $500) stilettos, pumps and mules he created.
A meeting with legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland during her years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute cemented Blahnik career path into footwear and from there, he became the preferred shoemaker to America Seventh Avenue designers and top European fashion editors alike.
There a fair amount of insider scoop in the film and footage illustrating many of his most important collaborations, from Calvin Klein in the and and his role in designer John Galliano career making fall 1994 show at the home of S Schlumberger in Paris, to his current collection with pop star Rihanna. Sofia Coppola talks about working with Blahnik to create fantasy, period imperfect slippers for her film Antoinette and shares that the actresses on the set became as giddy as their characters as they opened the boxes.
and the City, for all its power as an ambassador for the brand, is given its moment in the film via a clip of Carrie infamous shoe mugging scene on the TV series, but it is just a moment. Notably absent are and the City star (and now shoe designer herself) Sarah Jessica Parker and costume designer Patricia Field, as are any thoughts the designer has on his shoes supporting role in the series.
Also not discussed: any of Blahnik competition. Wouldn fashionistas just love to hear Blahnik thoughts on fellow shoemaker Christian Louboutin?
Blahnik the man comes to life the most fully when you see him drawing and crafting his shoes. The walks he takes in his gardens throughout the film pronounce some of the designer most celebrated motifs, such as the clinging vine straps and exquisite floral embellishments. But he remains guarded. As an interview subject, Blahnik can be elusive,
although his descriptions of his favorite creations throughout the years will no doubt be extracted as brand poetry for future advertising campaigns.