Manolo Blahnik will never design running shoes

Manolo Blahnik will never be tempted to design a line of running shoes.The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr. However, Blah…

Manolo Blahnik will never be tempted to design a line of running shoes.

The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr.

However, Blahnik has now shared that he remains committed to his signature elegant aesthetic and has no desire to enter into the trendy athleisure market.

“They said to me that I should do a wonderful collection of running shoes and I said, ‘What?! I’m not vile like that!'” he shared in an interview with The Telegraph. “I’m not into this at all. It’s for the new tacky generation.”

Blahnik went on to explain that his next collection of footwear may be inspired by a recent trip to the ancient city of Delphi in Greece, though he is yet to settle on the exact look and will never resort to copying.

“I love going around the Benaki museum in Athens – you have everything you want! I could copy it all, but I hate that. It can inspire you and you can use the details and mood, but I can’t copy,” the 76-year-old insisted. “My mother always said I was a contradictorian – if anything was fashionable, I would run a mile.”

Meanwhile, a number of Blahnik’s creations are to be showcased in a new exhibition entitled An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection. The curated collection of shoes are placed alongside the paintings, sculpture and furniture items at the venue in London.

“The Wallace Collection has been a point of reference for me since my early days in London. It was – and remains – one of my favourite museums with the most refined selection of art. I am incredibly humbled and honoured to be a part of the project and have my work displayed at the museum,” he said in a statement.

The exhibition opens on Monday and will run until 1 September.

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Blake Lively suffers stomach knots before red carpets

Actress Blake Lively might seem like she’s effortlessly cool at big events, but she’s always tied up in knots and battling butterflies on her way to red carpets.The A Simple Favor star, who is considered a fashion tastemaker with her fabulous outfit ch…

Actress Blake Lively might seem like she’s effortlessly cool at big events, but she’s always tied up in knots and battling butterflies on her way to red carpets.

The A Simple Favor star, who is considered a fashion tastemaker with her fabulous outfit choices, admits she can’t get comfortable in front of cameras unless she plays a character.

“The only way that I feel comfortable doing red carpets and interviews is when I adopt the same thing that I do when I’m acting, which is to play a character,” she tells screen star Sydney Sweeney in a joint interview with InStyle. “So when I’m going to a premiere, I think, ‘Who is that character?’ And I step into that. I still get knots in my stomach before red carpets.”

Although her nerves still get the better of her before she debuts an ensemble at a big event, Blake has a lot of faith in her choices and doesn’t employ a stylist.

“You just want to represent yourself properly, so that’s why I chose to style myself,” she said, revealing her former Gossip Girl TV gig helped her develop style confidence.

“I also had the very fortunate and unique opportunity of being on Gossip Girl, where fashion was a main character,” she added, “so I started developing a relationship with designers, and then I’d get their email addresses. It all happened organically.”

To pump up her confidence when she is wearing a particularly sexy gown, Blake channels bombshell Jennifer Lopez before she graces the red carpet.

“With some outfits you need to do a smolder (face expression) because if you’re wearing a slit up to your hip bone and you’re smiling like you’re on (Disney thrill ride) Space Mountain; it just doesn’t go together,” she explained. “It took me a few years to learn it too. If you pretend that you’re J.Lo, that helps.”

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Ralph Lauren receives honorary British knighthood

Ralph Lauren has become the first American fashion designer to receive knighthood.On Wednesday (14Nov18), British Vogue reported that the 79-year-old has been recognised for his services to fashion with an honorary British knighthood. Bono, Steven Spie…

Ralph Lauren has become the first American fashion designer to receive knighthood.

On Wednesday (14Nov18), British Vogue reported that the 79-year-old has been recognised for his services to fashion with an honorary British knighthood. Bono, Steven Spielberg and Bill Gates are among the other non-British citizens to receive the same honour.

The news tops off a fantastic few months for the fashion mogul, who has been celebrating his eponymous brand’s 50th birthday this year.

He received a CFDA Members Salute in June on behalf of the 500-plus members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who paid tribute to his global effect and leadership in the fashion industry. At the time, CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg praised: “I respect and admire everything that Ralph Lauren stands for, including his philanthropy and kindness.”

The label also staged a 50th anniversary fashion show in September, which was attended by a plethora of celebrities such as Kanye West, Jessica Chastain and Blake Lively. At the event, fellow guest Oprah Winfrey proclaimed to Lauren: “What I know for sure is what is real, is what lasts. And we are here because you have lasted.”

Addressing his success in a recent interview with Town and Country magazine, the fashion veteran was adamant that his legacy stems from his willingness to take chances.

“Good taste alone is not going to build a company that lasts for 50 years. You know, good taste can be boring taste, and classics can be uninteresting,” he explained. “If all I had was good taste, people would say this is just an old man designing clothes.”

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Cindy Crawford unveils travel shoe collection for Sarah Flint

Cindy Crawford has designed a capsule collection of travel-ready shoes for Sarah Flint.The model continues to be one of the most successful figures in fashion and has numerous business ventures under her belt, including a homeware line and a skincare r…

Cindy Crawford has designed a capsule collection of travel-ready shoes for Sarah Flint.

The model continues to be one of the most successful figures in fashion and has numerous business ventures under her belt, including a homeware line and a skincare range named Meaningful Beauty.

Crawford signed on as an investor and advisor for designer Flint’s footwear company late last year (17), and now she has collaborated on the Jet Set line for the growing brand.

“After working together (as an investor) for over a year, we talked about collaborating on a small capsule collection that reflected my busy life,” she told People.com. “The travel collection is the result. Three different styles of shoes that are beautiful, versatile and easy to throw in my carry-on bag.”

The Jet Set range is comprised of three styles; a pointed flat, a sandal with mid-height heel and a black leather combat boot.

In addition, the flat design is available in black or red suede as well as gold Nappa silk, with Crawford describing the item as one of her absolute must-haves.

“The Travel Flat is the ultimate essential. It’s both a neutral style and elevated with cut out details and a pointed toe. It’s officially become my go-to flat, taking me from the plane, to meetings, and everything in between,” the 52-year-old wrote on Instagram.

Handcrafted in Italy, the Sarah Flint x Cindy Crawford collection is priced from $375 to $695 (£285 – £530).

Flint launched her debut footwear collection in 2013, and while she first began selling to high-end department stores, she later decided to reject traditional retail and focus on e-commerce.

Other celebrity fans of the label include Amal Clooney, Blake Lively and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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Blake Lively: ‘Research for The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a…

Researching addicts for her new movie The Rhythm Section was the hardest thing Blake Lively has ever done for a film.

In the action thriller, the former Gossip Girl star plays Stephanie Patrick, a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Stephanie is a heroin-addicted prostitute who lives on the streets, and Blake admits the preparation for the role was hard to take.

“I did ride-alongs with cops on drug busts and I spent a lot of time walking through alleyways talking to some addicts, some of whom were just teenagers,” she told Britain’s HELLO! magazine. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, the actress also had difficulties during the shoot, as she sustained a hand injury while filming an action sequence in Ireland in December (17) and production was suspended while she reportedly had surgery. The production then down indefinitely in January to allow the 31-year-old, who had to have a second operation on her hand, to fully recover. Filming resumed in the summer.

The film is directed by Reed Morano and written by Mark Burnell from his 1999 novel of the same name. The thriller also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown and is due for release in February.

Blake is currently on the promotional trail for her new comedy-thriller A Simple Favour, co-starring Anna Kendrick.

She admitted to the magazine that she was challenged on that shoot, too, because she had to go up against a comedic natural like Anna.

“Getting to do a comedic part with Anna is just like being asked to play tennis for the first time at Wimbledon – it’s just the best of the best,” she gushed. “It’s incredibly intimidating, but it also really heightens your game.”

A Simple Favour is in cinemas now.

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Blake Lively: ‘Women need to embrace unlikable roles’

Blake Lively has no problems taking on horrible characters after spending the past decade as one of Hollywood’s sweethearts. The Gossip Girl star feels that men are often considered “charming and sexy” when they play bad guys, while actresses do not c…

Blake Lively has no problems taking on horrible characters after spending the past decade as one of Hollywood’s sweethearts.

The Gossip Girl star feels that men are often considered “charming and sexy” when they play bad guys, while actresses do not come off in the same positive light if they play a bully or a vamp villain – but she still urges her peers to stretch themselves and take on unlikable roles, because women shouldn’t need to feel it is important for their characters to be popular.

“I keep getting, ‘Here’s this great script, it’s a male but we will gender flip it’,” she tells the Associated Press. “Well why don’t we just flip it now…’ They’ve already written (it), but instead of rewriting it, they are like, ‘Now this person is a woman’, which is great because you want women to be as unlikable as men.”

But Blake accepts that some roles need a revamp when a woman signs on to take a part written for a guy: “If you gave a woman Harrison Ford’s line, it would be like, ‘You can never say that, she’s such a jerk’, but if it’s a man, it’s sort of charming and sexy,” she adds. “So it’s good to have a touch of that, but also there are differences in men and women.

“Let’s do a little bit of rewriting (but) I think we need to embrace being unlikable – that is sort of what I’ve done.”

In Blake’s new film, A Simple Favor, the actress plays a high-maintenance mean mum with a suitcase full of secrets, who disappears and is presumed dead.

It’s a role that was a bit of a stretch for bright and breezy Blake, but she jumped at the chance to be a part of the Paul Feig movie, because the who project reminded her of old Hollywood.

“I don’t even know what films I would compare this to, because to me it’s not really a thriller and it’s not really a comedy, but what I loved about it is that it was like movies like Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, where the plot is very sinister and disturbing and full of twists, but the characters are so over the top and fabulous,” she says.

“That happened in Hollywood back in the 1940s, but not so much now and I think it’s just time to do it again.”

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Blake Lively hits fitness goals with just two days of training per week

Blake Lively maintains her model-like physique with a maximum of three weekly visits to the gym.The A Simple Favor actress and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, welcomed their second daughter, Inez, in 2016, and Blake quickly dropped the baby weight thanks t…

Blake Lively maintains her model-like physique with a maximum of three weekly visits to the gym.

The A Simple Favor actress and her husband, Ryan Reynolds, welcomed their second daughter, Inez, in 2016, and Blake quickly dropped the baby weight thanks to a little help from New York-based trainer Don Saladino – and she admits she didn’t need to spend her life at the health club.

“I see her as much as her schedule allows,” DriveClubs gym Saladino tells Us Weekly. “We aim for two to three days a week, but she is incredibly busy. She enjoys training, but it doesn’t run her life. Her family is always first. The secret to our success was improving her strength and conditioning – this is how she was able to lose 61 pounds (28 kilograms).”

The fitness professional also trains with Blake’s other half, and reveals strength training during their sessions helps them reach their fitness goals.

“People have always been panicked about getting too big. If this happens, it’s because of poor or higher calorie nutrition,” he explains. “If a person comes to me with the focus of looking great in a swimsuit or naked, then cardio alone will not do it. I do believe there is the correct amount of resistance training volume. This is where a lot of the magic happens.”

Don also works with other celebrity clients like Stranger Things actor David Harbour and former Gossip Girl star Sebastian Stan, and he puts the emphasis on movement in every session.

“The one thing that never changes is movement quality. I’m always prioritising maintaining strength with movement quality,” he shares. “Because of this, they are always in shape and can adapt to any role they need to prep for.”

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Blake Lively helped get husband Ryan Reynold’s gin company into new movie

Blake Lively convinced director Paul Feig to use husband Ryan Reynolds’ gin in her new movie A Simple Favor. The Town star’s character in the film, Emily, only drinks martinis made with Aviation American Gin, the company Reynolds became an owner of in…

Blake Lively convinced director Paul Feig to use husband Ryan Reynolds’ gin in her new movie A Simple Favor.

The Town star’s character in the film, Emily, only drinks martinis made with Aviation American Gin, the company Reynolds became an owner of in February (18). Feig reveals he was trying to get permission to feature another liquor company, but went with the Deadpool 2’s company after Blake suggested it to him. However, he was not aware Ryan owned the company.

“At the time, I was trying to clear another gin, and Blake’s like, ‘Hey! Ryan’s got this gin that he really likes!’ She really liked the company and everybody involved,” he tells Cosmopolitan. “And I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t like the look of it on the screen, but I really thought the bottle looked fantastic.”

“So I, honestly, didn’t even realize the level of involvement that (Ryan) had in it, but I think it’s great, because it’s a really good gin,” he adds.

Paul also reveals Blake was heavily involved in her character’s wardrobe.

“We invented the (white striped suit) look (that is featured on the movie’s posters) when we were putting the movie together, back in one of our first meetings with Renee Kalfus our wardrobe designer,” he adds. “As we were finishing up, putting everything together, I had seen a couple of pictures of her in suits, then she contacted me and she said, ‘You know what, I’m just gonna keep going with the suits to help promote the movie’.”

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Blake Lively accidentally copied her director’s outfit during Fashion Week

Blake Lively was embarrassed when she realised she’d worn the same outfit as director Paul Feig to a recent Ralph Lauren show.The pair recently worked together shooting the Gossip Girl star’s latest movie A Simple Favor, and reunited to attend Ralph La…

Blake Lively was embarrassed when she realised she’d worn the same outfit as director Paul Feig to a recent Ralph Lauren show.

The pair recently worked together shooting the Gossip Girl star’s latest movie A Simple Favor, and reunited to attend Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary runway show on Sunday (09Sep18). Blake looked stylish as ever in a monochrome two-piece suit with matching cane and though many people noticed the similarities between her and Anne Hathaway’s tailored outfits, she was more concerned about matching “her date” Paul’s look.

“In a A Simple Favor, the movie we have coming out on 14 September – shameless self-promotion here – I modelled my entire character’s look after him,” she explained to E! News. “So tonight, we were coming as dates and didn’t realise we’re wearing the same outfit – it’s so embarrassing.”

Blake has previously spoken about the Bridesmaids’ filmmaker’s eye for fashion, admitting she has often copied his “amazing” sense of style by wearing Oxford button-up shirts and bowties along with suits by brands including Vivienne Westwood and Versace.

Though she’s experimented with a number of two-pieces during A Simple Favor’s promotional tour, it was fitting the matching outfits should occur at a Ralph Lauren event, as the 31-year-old shared that she is exclusively wearing suits designed by the American fashion house throughout the movie.

True to form, Blake and Paul also wore suits to the movie’s world premiere held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Monday night. The 55-year-old wore a black and gold metallic floral jacket, while Blake went for a dramatic black Givenchy suit with a long train, which she layered over a glittery sheer turtleneck top and paired with matching sparkly Christian Louboutin heels.

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Blake Lively was the brains behind power suits in A Simple Favor

Actress Blake Lively came up with her formidable character’s menswear style in director Paul Feig’s new movie A Simple Favor.The style icon plays a public relations expert for a huge New York fashion house in the new mystery movie from the Bridesmaids …

Actress Blake Lively came up with her formidable character’s menswear style in director Paul Feig’s new movie A Simple Favor.

The style icon plays a public relations expert for a huge New York fashion house in the new mystery movie from the Bridesmaids director, and she admits she had a huge hand in crafting the wardrobe for her character, Emily Melson, with award-winning costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.

“The idea of menswear came from Blake,” the costumer told Fashionista. “She said, ‘I think I should brand myself (as Emily)’.”

Kalfus, who won a Costume Designers Guild Award last year (17) for her work on Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, was happy to follow Blake’s lead, noting the risk turned out to be perfect.

“The suiting runs a little against type with having the actress Blake Lively walk in with all those legs,” she laughed. “You kind of want to show everything and instead we establish this men’s look, which wound up being very sexy – and she was basically covered.”

Kalfus also enhanced Blake’s character through accessories, using 19th century jewellery and other lavish embellishments.

“Emily is just kind of over the top,” the wardrobe specialist shares. “It was part of her character and part of her shield. The more she put on, the more these garments protected her – and hid her – in a funny way.”

Meanwhile, Renee used prominent shirt cuffs and collars on Blake’s co-star Anna Kendrick, who portrays mummy blogger Stephanie Smothers in the film, to contrast with Lively’s more intimidating character.

“In her own way, Stephanie is branding herself as well, as this cheery, DIY (do-it-yourself), clever, perfect mummy,” the costumer explains.

A Simple Favor hits U.S. theatres later this month (Sep18).

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