Manolo Blahnik AW14

For the first time ever, Mr. Manolo Blahnik flew into the city that never sleeps in order to present his latest collection of sophisticated and masterfully crafted shoe-wear adored by both men and women all over the world.  It was at the Paul Kasmin Gallery that he provided his guests with a theatrical combination of floating pumps – swirling with vibrant stand-out colors and a multitude of perfectly molded shapes – a rainbow display of numerous flats and even cinematic presentations with the help of Michael Roberts, (the 2nd time the pair has collaborated) bringing a harmonious full-circle presentation the fashion elite would certainly not forget.

Inspired by the 19th century, there was a clear couture essence that rang true through the artisanal details throughout his Fall 2014 collection as it was abound with lavish embroideries, opulent hand-sewn crystals and extravagant trims of curtain tassels, pom-poms and delicate piping.  Plush fabrics of satin full of elegant brocades and color-blocked suede all screamed to be adorned for special occasions only while a sweeping homage to Spanish culture came through the bold colors of brilliant emeralds, deep burgundys and flirty pinks.

The theatrical display was in-thanks to the four short films that were presented throughout the presentation with the help of one of his “oldest friends”, Michael Roberts. ‘Manolo Blahnik at Work’, ‘Walk With Me a Victorian Ghost Story’, ‘Inspirations’ and ‘The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards’ provided brief hints of how this famed designer came to be, ranging from scenic inspiration, a young Manolo in the Canary Islands giving lizards shoes created from tin-foil, the process of his tedious work when developing each and every design to a fictional tale of a haunting ghost from the Victorian era.  One of the most sought-after shoe-makers the world over, Mr. Manolo Blahnik takes us to excessive and luxurious heights this season making us want to shed the cold in hopes of slipping our feet into his new designs as soon as possible.

Jillian Magenheim is a writer, editor and a digital media/PR consultant for fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on twitter @Magenhaz

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