Manolo Blahnik on the Inspiration Behind the 50th Anniversary Gold Collection

Manolo Blahnik on the Inspiration Behind the 50th Anniversary Gold Collection.

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Manolo Blahnik on the Inspiration Behind the 50th Anniversary Gold Collection. Manolo Blahnik is one of the most prolific shoe designers of all time, so it's safe to say that everything he creates is gold. His bestselling styles, such as the Campari or the something-blue Hangisi, are further proof.

In honor of his 50th anniversary, Blahnik created a capsule collection to celebrate - what else? Gold.


Blahnik's gilded creations are more than just a sprinkle of glitter here or a flash of metallic there. He drew inspiration from childhood memories of his mother's jewelry collection for a series of bell-accented boots and heels.

It reminded me of how my mother used to have a giant charm bracelet ad she designed it herself, huge, with many charms, like a ship to make the docks come to life! Blahnik told FN during an exclusive interview over Zoom from Bath, England. "So heavy and she had little gold objects. Then there were four bells: one for my mother, one for my father, and one for Evangelina and me. I remember things like that.


Blahnik mimicked the effect by decorating the gold satin cutout Rayuela boot with jingling bells - which have the distinct playful (though perhaps not intentional) effect of chic elf shoes. "The only problem is that I wanted bigger bells, and they couldn't find bigger bells. Could you imagine one with even bigger bells?bells?bells? The designer laughed.

The bells can also be seen on Blahnik's Campinilla heels, done in satin gold in an open-toe sandal, a d'Orsay pump, and a flat version of the closed-toe style.


My mother was an incredible designer and I have a few things left from her, said Blahnik, whose niece Kristina Blahnik has led his namesake brand since 2013.  My mother painted and designed," he said. I think I got that from my mother, the shoes and things.

Other new styles in the collection include swingy fringe boots done in gold satin with three tiers of fringe, topped with a collar made of black grosgrain ribbon and beading.


Blahnik also turned to his tried-and-true classics to round out the collection. The Campari Mary Jane gets a new sheen thanks to crackly gold foil, and the Lurum Mule gets a bling upgrade with crystal accents and gold mesh. So do the infamous Hangisi pump and Maysale mule, with their signature sparkly buckles done in gold hardware.

The whole collection is a mix of old and new, as you can see," Blahnik explained.

Next week, fans of the designer will have a chance to bask in the glow of the collection when it arrives in shops, including the brand's new Madison Avenue flagship.


Manolo Blahnik on the Inspiration Behind the 50th Anniversary Gold Collection.

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