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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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi live fashion event heading to the V&A

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audie…

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.

The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic museum.

Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Roksanda Ilincic and Vivienne Westwood have all previously been the focus, with the V&A now shining the spotlight on Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s London-based brand.

“The museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the duo said in a statement. “First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics Galleries where we love to look at the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi begins on 21 June in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. There will be four catwalk shows throughout the day at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00.

The event is free but booking is required – tickets will be available from the museum’s website from 10 June.

“As a west London-based brand, having the V&A on our doorstep is such a blessing – the museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the designers, who started their label in 1996, added. “We feel honoured to show our work in an institution that has been so formative to Preen’s brand DNA.”

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Dita Von Teese uses power tool to work out knots in her back

International burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese hammers out her back pain with a power tool.The professional dancer suffered some kinks ahead of her Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe tour last year (18) and she was surprised to learn a workshop machine…

International burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese hammers out her back pain with a power tool.

The professional dancer suffered some kinks ahead of her Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe tour last year (18) and she was surprised to learn a workshop machine was the answer to her body woes.

“I was going to physical therapy before my tour this (last) summer because I’d had some lower back issues, and my physical therapist pulled out the Theragun, and my life was changed,” she tells New York Magazine. “I got one immediately and even got one engraved. I use it on tour, and everyone passes it around.”

Dita is such a fan of the device, she considers the machine a part of her family, admitting she has even incorporated it into her romance with Disney visual designer Adam Rajcevich.

“It’s a power tool that really gets the knots out. I don’t know about you, but my partner is like, ‘If I have to give you another foot massage …’ But he’s not tired of using the Theragun on me,” she smiles. “It’s not one of those ‘back massagers’ that’s meant for something else either. It’s the real deal percussive therapy.”

In addition to finding the Theragun for back pain, celebrated fashionista Dita, 46, also came across some life-changing wardrobe information last year that has changed her lounge style forever.

“I was in London recently performing at the Palladium, and stayed with a girlfriend, Fiona Leahy, who’s the one I always look to for fashion inspiration,” she recalls. “One night she came out wearing this cashmere onesie, and I liked it so much I took a picture of her wearing it and put it on Instagram. The next thing you know I had one, too.

“With all the things I wear for work – the belts and corsets – nothing feels better than putting on a cashmere onesie at the end of the day. It’s become my most treasured piece of clothing, because it feels like a holiday. I never thought of myself as a onesie kind of gal but it’s pretty chic and streetwear-ready.”

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Cara Delevingne lends singing voice to new Burberry campaign

Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is showing off her vocal talents in the latest Burberry ad campaign. The star headlines the series of ads from the iconic brand, promoting the latest scent from the fashion house – Her Eau de Parfum Opens a New Win…

Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is showing off her vocal talents in the latest Burberry ad campaign.

The star headlines the series of ads from the iconic brand, promoting the latest scent from the fashion house – Her Eau de Parfum Opens a New Window.

Aside from being the featured model in the stunning new images released as part of the debut of the fragrance, Delevingne also appears in a short video, in which she literally sings London’s praises. In the footage, the 26-year-old rides on the top of a double decker bus and gazes at the city’s famous landmarks.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner,” she sings, “that I love London so.”

The British beauty first proved she could carry a tune with the release of her first music venture last year (17) – the track I Feel Everything from the soundtrack to her film Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets.

The Burberry ad, shot by photographer Juergen Teller, not only allows the Suicide Squad star to pay tribute to her home city, it also marks her eighth year with the brand.

Meanwhile, Francis Kurkdijian, the creator of the new scent describes the new release as “vibrant, fruity, and floral”.

“Her Eau de Parfum Opens a New Window is unique because it is a memorable signature,” Kurkdijian said in a press release. “You can immediately recognize when someone is wearing it. It’s a signature scent.”

The fragrance features notes of blueberry, raspberry and blackcurrant and comes in a blush pink bottle, inspired by Burberry’s first-ever fragrance, released in 1981.

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