The Man Behind the Shoes: Q&A with Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik, the iconic shoe designer (who, lucky for us, happens to design our runway shoes!) took a quick break from his busy schedule leading up to New York Fashion Week to chat with us.
Wow, you’ve been designing Manolo Blahnik shoes for MILLY runway shows the past 10 years! How did the collaboration come about?
MANOLO BLAHNIK:”All the young ladies who worked in my New York office were wearing MILLY and it just sort of happened from there.”
What kind of woman do you picture in the Manolo Blahnik for MILLY SS’ 14 shoes?
MANOLO BLAHNIK: “Feminine, but modern and strong.”
Tell us about the process.
MANOLO BLAHNIK: “My approach doesn’t really change – I like to hear about Michelle Smith’s inspiration and we take it from there.”
What do you love about New York Fashion Week?
MANOLO BLAHNIK: "I’m usually in my factories, but when I’m around it’s the vibe, the rush!”
What does it feel like when you see women wearing your shoes on the streets?
MANOLO BLAHNIK: “It still always delights me!”