by Jana Lee
The man with the Midas touch- Manolo Blahnik! Since he started in 1971 Old Church Street
boutique in London, the Spanish born designer has enchanted the world with his craftsmanship,
set a gold standard for everything and is the most influential footwear designer out there- and
now he celebrates his momentous 50th anniversary with a glistening gold capsule collection that
riffs on his classic silhouettes, lavish re-imagined pumps and exquisitely crafted impossibly sexy
stilettos to mark the occasion. Aptly so, considering that the 50th is often known as the golden
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the brand’s golden anniversary than with an
oh-so-stunning capsule collection- can you?
It was Carrie Bradshaw from sex and the city that started it all – she offered her jewels to the
robber before her Manolos which made it clear what the label means to the wearer. Carrie was
also proposed to a blue pair of Hangisi by mister big. No other shoe has come close to the
popularity of Blanhniks in the pop culture zeitgeist.
Quintessentially Manolo. This collection is whimsical and lavish which would get the Bradshaw
seal of approval. This extensive range is complete with signatures like MAYSALE, LURUM,
NADIRA, HANGISI that brand devotees have come to love and adore year after year.
Blahnik’s most astounding group in the collection is undoubtedly the fanciful series of bells.
Inspired by a charm bracelet worn by Manolos’s mother throughout his childhood, the gorgeous
detailing becomes a blissful sensory experience that jingles with the steps you take. Each style
comes to form a cutout boot featuring tiered fringing trimmed with a ribbon of black beading
(FLEQUILLOHI) Dotted down the front of Rayuelo, a barely-there sandal ( Campnilla San and
Campanella pumps and Campanella flats), closely similar to the source of the inspiration.
The cult-favorite Lurum trades satin and velvet for fine mesh on its 50th birthday. In the hands of
Blahnik, all that glitters is surely gold that why he created an exquisite gold hand-woven lace
that honors the house value of artisanry. Mariamu- flat mules are adorned with delicate lace
macramé. The forever adored Mary-Jane is made over in a sweet wrapper foil for a supreme
The golden capsule collection is a class apart as it perfectly captures the essence of Manolo
Blahnik- sophisticated, timeless with a touch of fantasy. So snatch up a pair (or two) for yourself
this holiday season, because Manolo Blahnik won’t turn 50 again.