MANOLO BLAHNIK made his London Fashion Week debut today with a film created by Michael Roberts. Why has it taken the legendary shoe designer so long to join the LFW schedule?
“Firstly, I am terrified of crowds,” Blahnik said: “I owed it to the organisers, I had been invited to take part so many times but it never felt right. London Fashion Week has changed so much recently though; it is so professional now and I really think it is one of the most exciting in the world. Also, everything is becoming so transparent with all this technology, with the blogs and tweets, and I wanted to get more in touch with normal people.“
The collection is inspired by the turn of the Twentieth Century.”I wanted it to have that feeling of elegance and sophistication that that period gave to the world,” he explained. “It’s about jealousy, but mainly the cultural richness that came with that time. Everyone was extreme, which I love.”
The designer says: “I adore what I do, it’s still so exciting to me.” “I can’t imagine ever being blasé. This recognition makes me feel like I’ve done something useful, something entertaining. I am very lucky to have been able to do something that people think is ok.“