Manolo Blahnik is a household name for shoe lovers and fashionistas worldwide, despite hailing from Spain’s small Canary Islands. Helped slightly by mass exposure in Sex and the City, the series and the films, “a pair of Manolo’s” is now a phrase which deserves to be recognised by the Oxford English Dictionary. So when Kate Moss got married last month she chose none other than Mr Blahnik to design a custom pair of shoes for her big day, which ran less than smoothly…
“We did them five times to get them the way she wanted. My workers are the best people. I wouldn’t be here without them,” he said. “The shoes arrived the day before and there were too many jewels on the heel because of the long train. So we had women working up until midnight to change it. I’ve known Kate since she was a little girl. The wedding was divine. Kate has such a presence. You just have to feel it.”
He’s also a fan of another well-known British Kate – The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Speaking about April’s Royal Wedding, he said: “I love pomp and circumstance, and I’m very respectful of tradition, [so the wedding was nice to see]. Kate and William are great [spokespeople] for England. They are so popular, and that will help the country during troubled times. They will bring in a lot of money. It’s nice to see them grow up, but it’s kind of depressing because you realize so much time has passed. I remember William running around at Kensington Palace with his mother.”
Glad to hear he’s loving the Brits – we love you too Manolo.