Manolo Blahnik previews its Autumn 2017 collection on Moda Operandi today, including more than 32 styles available to pre-order. If you’re a Blahnik aficionado, this is your moment to snap up revived and updated classic styles from the core collection, including: the Arleti (the classic stiletto pump with a ruched fan detail), the Bipunta (the two-tone capped toe pump), and Hangisi (the bejeweled satin heel) in new colors and fabrics amplified for the new season. The offering also sees the debut of new styles, inspired by nature and with the Spanish shoe maestro’s signature flair for unapologetic glamour available for the Middle Eastern customer.
Kristina Blahnik, CEO of Manolo Blahnik, says the collaboration with Moda Operandi was an instant fit for the luxury label. “Moda Operandi perfectly embodies the sense of luxury and sophistication, providing the most unique service and exclusive access for clients.” Echoing the brand alignment, Deborah Nicodemus, CEO of Moda Operandi, reflects on Mr Blahnik’s design mastery: “He understands design, values craftsmanship and infuses newness each season while maintaining the classic elements women love.”
Blahnik’s career rocketed into the high fashion stratosphere after he showed his sketchbook to US Vogue Editor-in-Chief Diana Vreeland. The editor paused for thought on one of Blahnik’s striking, kitschy illustrations of a shoe that wound its way up the ankle in tendrils of ivy, ending with a spray of flamboyant cherries. “You should do shoes,” remarked Vreeland, editor of the US edition for eight landmark years (that’s 1963 to 1971 for the sake of precision). The designer turned on his heel and did just that.
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Blahnik’s career has seen him collect a loyal following, including Paloma Picasso, Kate Moss, Bianca Jagger, and Diane Von Furstenberg, to name but a few. Among numerous collaborations – like the current sell-out Vetements collection that made satin thigh-high boots officially wearable – the designer also created a limited-edition slipper for the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan to mark the opening of his new exhibit and Milan Fashion Week. If you can’t strut onto a long-haul to Italy for a pair of those, get your stilettos here.
Manolo Blahnik Fall 2017 previews on Moda Operandi on March 14 2017. Vogue Arabia shops the collection above.
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