Manolo Blahnik launching colouring project to help encourage mindfulness

Manolo Blahnik has released a colouring-in project to help encourage mindfulness amid the coronavirus crisis.In response to many people around the world practicing social distancing and staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Spanish footwear…

Manolo Blahnik has released a colouring-in project to help encourage mindfulness amid the coronavirus crisis.

In response to many people around the world practicing social distancing and staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Spanish footwear designer has teamed up with officials at the U.K. Mental Health Foundation on a new initiative called Smile, The Art of Colouring in order to help lift spirits.

“Creative freedom is a form of escapism, something we need now more than ever,” the 77-year-old commented. “I have used my creativity not only to entertain my own imagination but also in hope that I bring happiness to others and make them smile! This time, I ask the world to do the same – let us all spread joy, share creativity and inspire one another.”

Blahnik’s team has posted a range of the designer’s original sketches and stripped them back to the outlines on his website. They are inviting fans to download copies, colour them in, and then share them on Instagram using the #ManoloBlahnikSmiles hashtag.

Among the outlines available are versions of Blahnik’s Margolina slingbacks from spring/summer 2013, the sculptural Odalisca sandals from spring/summer 2012, and the Henley brogues from fall 2018.

“The initiative is made in support of our partnership with the Mental Health Foundation which has provided an incredible resource for looking after mental health with management tips, working methods, acts of kindness and more,” a representative for the brand added.

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Top designers pay tribute to late Sergio Rossi

Top footwear designers have paid tribute to the late Sergio Rossi.The legendary craftsman died last Thursday night at the age of 84 after contracting Covid-19, his son Gianvito Rossi confirmed in a statement. In light of the sad news, many leading fash…

Top footwear designers have paid tribute to the late Sergio Rossi.

The legendary craftsman died last Thursday night at the age of 84 after contracting Covid-19, his son Gianvito Rossi confirmed in a statement.

In light of the sad news, many leading fashion stars have shared messages of condolences with his friends and family.

“Sergio was one of the main forces in Italian manufacture and design,” Manolo Blahnik told Footwear News. “I met him years ago and he was so charming – he contributed so much, he was a major talent and very important. He had an incredible flair for what is current, he produced wonderful things. It’s an enormous loss for the shoe industry.”

Elsewhere, Sophia Webster described Rossi as “one of the greatest shoe designers of our time” in an Instagram post, and Tamara Mellon commented that she was “deeply sad” to learn of the designer’s passing.

Chloe Gosselin named Rossi as a personal hero, while Amina Muaddi labelled him as a “legend” of the footwear industry.

In addition, Rupert Sanderson uploaded a lengthy post in which he reflected on some of the “amazing memories” he had of the designer.

“My experiences with the Rossi family inform my approach to shoe making and the ways of running a shoe business. Generous and visionary, he gave me my first true break in the business. My thoughts and prayers are with Gianvito, the Rossi family and the shoemaking community of San Mauro Pascoli,” he added.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear. The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dazzles in emerald green at Irish event

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stole the spotlight in an emerald green dress at event in Ireland on Tuesday night.The British royal and her husband Prince William have travelled to the Emerald Isle for a three-day visit, where they will make stops in …

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stole the spotlight in an emerald green dress at event in Ireland on Tuesday night.

The British royal and her husband Prince William have travelled to the Emerald Isle for a three-day visit, where they will make stops in County Meath, County Kildare, and Galway.

Following a meeting with Irish President Michael D. Higgins, Catherine and William met with guests from across the creative arts, sport, business, and charity sectors at the Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar in Dublin, where the couple ended the night by sipping on a pint.

However, it was the mother-of-three’s dress from U.K. label The Vampire’s Wife that really caught attention. Known as the Falconetti design, the number features a three-quarter length skirt and softly gathered ruffles at the hem. It is priced at $2,042 (£1,595) and currently available for pre-order online.

Catherine, 38, accessorised with Dorato earrings from H&M, a gold clutch from Wilbur & Gussie, and her go-to Manolo Blahnik velvet pointed pumps.

Accordingly, a number of royal followers were quick to praise her fashion-forward ensemble on social media, with one writing, “The Vampire’s Wife, really???! Wow, that seems so out there for her and I love it! And those funky earrings!” while another added: “She looks great! Love the green on her.”

Earlier in the day, Catherine arrived in the Irish capital in another green outfit comprised of a silk floral print pleated dress from Alessandra Rich, a forest green coat from Catherine Walker, a velvet headband from Zara, diamond earrings, and a green suede purse from L.K. Bennett.

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Kim Kardashian honours Mario Dedivanovic at American Influencer Awards

Kim Kardashian honoured her longtime friend Mario Dedivanovic at the 2019 American Influencer Awards on Monday night.The reality star made a surprise appearance at the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to present the Artist Achievement Aw…

Kim Kardashian honoured her longtime friend Mario Dedivanovic at the 2019 American Influencer Awards on Monday night.

The reality star made a surprise appearance at the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to present the Artist Achievement Award to her make-up artist.

Kim has worked with the 36-year-old for more than 10 years, and the duo has collaborated on several projects together, including their first make-up collection last year.

Taking to the stage at the American Influencer Awards wearing a vintage red Dior dress and Manolo Blahnik heels, Kim paid tribute to her close friend before handing the gong to a visibly emotional Mario.

“I love him! No one deserves this award more than him. I’m so beyond proud of him!” the 39-year-old later wrote on her Instagram Stories, alongside pictures from the event.

The mother-of-four recently announced her second collection with Mario, the KKW x Mario: Artist and Muse collection, which was inspired by their lengthy professional relationship.

“With this collection and campaign (which consists of some of my all-time favourite shades and textures) I wanted to personally honour her and to thank her on behalf of every boy and girl out there who’s life she’s touched in some way. She is my muse and she is our muse,” he wrote on social media.

The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, lipliner, and lipsticks. Items feature images of Kim and Mario on the chic packaging, with the whole set to launch on 22 November.

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Manolo Blahnik misses Joan Rivers’s red carpet commentary

Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik believes red carpet commentary has become “too serious” since Joan Rivers passed away. The late comedienne was known for dishing out harsh critiques of red carpet outfits while she was hosting the show Fashion Police, and t…

Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik believes red carpet commentary has become “too serious” since Joan Rivers passed away.

The late comedienne was known for dishing out harsh critiques of red carpet outfits while she was hosting the show Fashion Police, and the Spanish designer believes style commentary on such events hasn’t been the same since she died in 2014 at the age of 81.

“I used to love ‘mad’ people like Joan Rivers and her daughter (Melissa) discussing the red carpet, like, ‘Oh that dress is horrible!’ Now it’s too serious,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Awards season will be getting underway in a few months’ time and shoes from Blahnik’s eponymous brand are likely to feature on the red carpet.

When asked what he wants to see his heels paired with, he replied, “I think they should all wear hot pants – do you remember those? – or dresses with huge slits. And I love tall girls with heels! The taller, the chicer. Though really what’s important is the way that you carry yourself. High heels help you to move differently.”

Blahnik cites Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Renee Zellweger, Anjelica Huston and Lupita Nyong’o among the actresses he’s currently obsessed with. Yet, admitted he’s “mad” for Old Hollywood and can remember all the details about films such as Gilda and Vertigo.

“Kim Novak and James Stewart in Vertigo is that one I really know everything about: the music, the dialogue, the scene when she sits in the museum. Hollywood was my education when I was young – that and Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and (fashion journalist) Mrs. (Diana) Vreeland,” the 76-year-old smiled.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wears engagement dress to awards ceremony

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wore her engagement dress to an awards ceremony with her husband Prince Harry on Tuesday.The royal couple stepped out for the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, with Meghan wearing a very famili…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wore her engagement dress to an awards ceremony with her husband Prince Harry on Tuesday.

The royal couple stepped out for the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, with Meghan wearing a very familiar dark green dress for the occasion.

The mid-length sleeveless garment, which features a bow around the waist, is from Italian brand P.A.R.O.S.H., and the 38-year-old wore it originally during her and Harry’s engagement announcement and interview in November 2017.

For the awards ceremony, Meghan teamed the forest green dress with brown Manolo Blahnik suede high heels, a Montunas tortoiseshell scarf bag, and a camel coat from Sentaler.

She accessorised the look with gold and diamond stud earrings from Emily Mortimer Jewellery, while Harry looked dapper in a dark blue suit and pale blue patterned tie.

Back in 2017, the former Suits star complemented her P.A.R.O.S.H. dress with a belted white wrap coat by Line the Label as she and Harry announced their engagement following more than a year of dating.

During the WellChild Awards on Tuesday, which honours ill children and their caregivers, Harry delivered a speech to the audience, and revealed that at the ceremony last year, Meghan was secretly pregnant with their son, five-month-old Archie.

Meghan attended the event in 2018 wearing an all-black suit by Altuzarra, which she accessorised with a black clutch by Stella McCartney.

The WellChild organisation was one of four causes Harry and Meghan asked people to support instead of buying gifts for their newborn son in May.

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Giorgio Armani to be honoured with top prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebri…

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Zendaya, and Anne Hathaway.

Now, officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have announced that Armani is to be presented with the prestigious prize at an upcoming ceremony in recognition of his contribution to the industry, creativity, vision of timeless style, and attention to detail.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Giorgio Armani with the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive, in a statement. “With more than four decades in the business, Mr. Armani’s contribution to the fashion industry is indeed outstanding. Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed.”

In addition to his namesake ready-to-wear label, the Armani Group includes the Emporio Armani and A/X Armani Exchange collections.

The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who has constantly shaped and reshaped the business through their innovation and creativity.

Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Manolo Blahnik, among others.

The Fashion Awards 2019 will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

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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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Christian Louboutin to be honoured with top couture prize

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B…

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

Now, Louboutin will be honoured by officials at The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) with the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

“To be recognised by The Museum at FIT’s esteemed Couture Council is a great honour,” the 56-year-old said in a statement. “While my designs have roots in Paris, I feel very lucky to have access to some of the most specialised craftsmanship in the world; that has allowed me to push my creative boundaries and celebrate inclusivity and self-empowerment through cultural exchange.”

Louboutin will be presented with the award during a luncheon held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Centre in New York City on 3 September.

The fashion star was selected for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by an advisory committee which was chaired by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT, and included the likes of Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large of Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, and Vogue’s Suzy Menkes.

“Sigmund Freud famously asked: ‘What do women want?'” commented Dr. Steele. “For many women, the answer would appear to be shoes, especially beautiful, high-heeled shoes, and specifically, Christian Louboutin’s famously seductive red-soled shoes. Because of his delightfully desirable and distinctive shoes, Christian Louboutin was chosen to receive the 2019 Couture Council Award.”

This year’s Couture Council luncheon coincides with MFIT’s Paris, Capital of Fashion exhibition.

Previous recipients of the Couture Council Award include Narciso Rodriguez, Thom Browne, Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Dries Van Noten, and Alber Elbaz.

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Manolo Blahnik splits from longtime U.S. partners

Manolo Blahnik has parted ways with his U.S. partners after a 37-year business relationship.The Spanish footwear and accessories designer, whose stilettos became famous around the world when they were featured in episodes of TV show Sex and the City, h…

Manolo Blahnik has parted ways with his U.S. partners after a 37-year business relationship.

The Spanish footwear and accessories designer, whose stilettos became famous around the world when they were featured in episodes of TV show Sex and the City, has worked alongside George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik USA, and Anthony Yurgaitis, for nearly four decades.

However, on Monday (08Apr19), Malkemus and Yurgaitis announced that they had decided not to renew their license to sell Blahnik’s designs across America.

“After meeting with Kristina Hulsebus Blahnik, Mr. Blahnik’s niece, who, along with her in-house counsel and financial adviser, offered unacceptable terms, George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, on behalf of Manolo Blahnik USA (MBUSA), have chosen not to renew their license agreement of 37 years,” they said in a statement issued to WWD.

Malkemus and Yurgaitis’ licensing deal runs until December. The duo did not disclose why they had differences with Hulsebus Blahnik, who took over as chief executive officer at the London-based brand in 2013, though indicated that the choice to split was not “hinged by a financial disagreement”.

Representatives from Blahnik’s office in the U.K. have not yet commented on the news. It remains unclear what will happen to the licensing deal, and Blahnik stockists across the U.S., including high-end department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Malkemus and Yurgaitis also oversee a Blahnik boutique in Manhattan.

Previously, Blahnik described his relationship with Malkemus as solid, and praised the executive’s knack for making savvy business decisions.

“It’s a balance thing for us,” the 76-year-old told Footwear News in 2009. “George is a very good businessman. He’s patient. I am not. When it comes to money and things like that, I’m totally innocent. I don’t want to know. It’s always been my strength not to be involved in the business end. George is very constant. You can count on him.”

In addition to working for Blahnik, Malkemus co-founded Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP Collection in 2013.

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