Blahnik on Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik knows he’s a tough customer—so much so that he jokes about his perfectionism leading to his demise.

‘One day, someone in one of my factories will try to murder me because I am never satisfied,’ he told WSJ for a new article. ‘I have four factories and I practically live in them.’

Other things we learned from the profile of the master shoemaker include...

Don’t expect him to do a masstige collaboration anytime soon: ‘I recently turned down a lot of money to create a mass-market type product. I don't want to make that sort of money if I am polluting my brand.’ His most disastrous career moment was his first show: ‘I had been asked to make shoes for Ossie Clark's show in the early '70s. I was so inexperienced that I didn't put the steel in the heels of the shoes, which is required to support the shoe and the wearer. So the girls came out walking very strangely in these rubber, bendy high-heeled shoes I had made. I thought "Oh dear god! This is the end of me." But after the show, even David Hockney and Cecil Beaton said to me "It was so interesting that the girls were moving in such a different way."’ He prefers timeless dressing to trendiness: ‘Because it manipulates women by making them feel they have to constantly spend money on different things to remain fashionable. This is ridiculous. I'd prefer to see women in twin sets and tweed. I have a very '50s kind of mentality when it comes to fashion.’

Oh, and Beaton shot Blahnik’s first campaign. And did you know Blahnik was the first man ever to appear on the cover of Vogue? It happened in 1974, with a cover shot of Blahnik hugging Anjelica Houston under the watchful lens of David Bailey. Can you say classic?

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