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From Lizard’s Shoes to Lizard Shoes

by Sarah Hysong Photographed by Patrick McMullan
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Legendary shoemaker Manolo Blahnik made another career milestone on September 14 with the premier of his biographical documentary Manolo: The Boy who Made Shoes for Lizards, directed by Michael Roberts. Manolo hits theaters September 15, but attendees like Bianca Jagger, Carolina Herrera and Joan Juliet Buck got a first look on the at the premiere and party on September 14, hosted at The Frick Collection.

“People went nuts for Manolo!” Andrew Saffir, founder of The Cinema Society said. The documentary is an in-depth portrait of Blahnik and his dedication to his craft. Blahnik spent his childhood in the Spanish Canary Islands making shoes for lizards out of candy wrappers, and since then has climbed to the top of luxury footwear with his current brand that spans to over 20 countries and now includes a line of clutch bags.

In a career of more than 40 years Blahnik’s unique craftsmanship has kept his designs distinct. He still perfects his shoes with his own hands. His ceaseless attention to detail has propelled his career and earned him numerous opportunities.

Blahnik’s career highlights include designing the shoes for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Costume in 2007, and staging his first presentation for London Fashion Week in September 2013 and again in New York City in 2014. Just last year Blahnik opened a second store in London, 44 years after his first store opened, in the British Burlington Arcade.

To celebrate his latest achievement Blahnik was joined by his niece Kristina Blahnik as well as Mario Testino, Iris Apfel, executive producer James Cabourne, Rachel Roy, Olivia Grant, Amy Astley, Anne McNally, Erin Fetherston & Gabriel Saporta, Anh Duong, Indre Rockefeller, Tonne Goodman, Veronica Webb, Sante D’Orazio, Amy Fine Collins, Valerie Simpson, Jennifer Creel, Daniel Benedict, Whitney Fairchild, Debbie Bancroft, Ashley Haas, Jamee Gregory, Adam Lippes, Allison Sarofim, Jazmin Grimaldi, Ian Mellencamp and Louisa Warwick.


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