In a famous episode of Sex & the City, the super fashion main character Carrie Bradshaw undergoes a very special robbery. In addition to personal effects, in fact, is subtracted from the one thing that can shake her to the end, the thing where she feels emotionally more connected: a pair of beautiful Manolo Blahnik. Carrie’s reaction, barefoot and in tears after the theft, is real despair, because the value of the shoes, that shoes, goes far beyond the economic aspect, already substantial in itself.
Invaluable in many respects, the Manolo’s shoes are the dream of every woman with a passion for shoes, for fashion and beauty in general. And speaking of beauty, as real works of art, some of the best productions by the designer Manolo Blahnik are on show until Sunday, April 9 in Milan, at Morando Palace, in an exhibition entitled The Art of Shoes, edited by Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz. Beautiful and unreachable, the footwear collection, 212 different models in all, are born from crafts Milan hinterland, between Parabiago and Vigevano, and are accompanied by 80 drawings selected from those deprived of Manolo archive, born in the Canary Islands from Czech father and Spanish mother. The drawings retrace the 45 years of the king of shoes, shoes that shows in Milan parading before the eyes of visitors as real jewelry. And basically they are. Like when in the film version of Sex & the City, Mr. Big asks Carrie to marry him, making her wear a beautiful blue Manolo to seal their pact of love, rather than the usual ring to the finger. And to the collaboration with the successful American series (1998-2004), in addition to the one with the fashion designer John Galliano, Manolo Blahnik owes part of his fortune.
The shoes of The Art of Shoes are kept in showcases of plexiglass and they all have names evocative, in a mix of history, culture and luxury. As Linda, celebrating supermodel Linda Evangelista, or Piaggi, the homage to the famous and unforgotten Vogue’s Anna Piaggi journalist. And speaking of Vogue, a monthly magazine that the couturier loved to browse through as a child with his mother, Manolo Blahnik has dedicated the Milan exhibition to Franca Sozzani, his dear recently deceased friend, and the woman who made the history of Italian Vogue.