Summer according to Manolo Blahnik: Ride a wave of colors and pompoms inspired by Napoleon

In luxurious shoes by Manolo Blahnik this summer won't end any time soon.
10.Aug 2019
 
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Paris forever

The Spanish fashion designer has decided to incorporate everything that he likes into his fashion collection. A heart-shaped buckle decorating luxurious satin lacy pumps encompasses his endless love for Paris, and the multicolored pompoms, on the other hand, express his fascination with trinkets. There's one more thing behind those playful balls too - Napoleon himself!

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Legs all the way up to the sky

It was Napoleon's Army that used to wear colorful pompoms on their hats. The designer applied this playful element that sways from side to side while walking to sandals, whose 11 cm heels will grant you legs all the way up to the sky!

From love of sculpting to ballet

The collection also includes models with a sculpted heel, based on the clear geometric lines of sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. You can admire them both on pumps and strap sandals.

The summer collection is comprised of models with a bold graphic print, inspiration for which Blahnik took from ballet costumes of the performance of Le Coq d'Or in 1914. They were designed by an artist working for the Russian ballet ensemble, Léon Bakst.

The best Manolos can be found at a London museum up until the end of this summer

Ladies, if you haven't had enough Manolos yet, we have great news for you! The very best pieces out of the author's life's work can be seen until September 1, 2019 at the London museum Wallace Collection, where his treasures are exhibited next to luxurious expositions from the 18th century.

Manolos aren't only for Carrie, but for Marie Antoinette too

Among other thigs, you can admire powder pink pumps here, specifically designed for the movie Marie Antoinette. It seems that journalist Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City isn't the only one who's fallen in love with Manolos! We bring you a little taste of some of the other pieces exhibited at the Wallace Collection museum at the end of this gallery.

If you're still thinking what else to visit this summer, you might just have the answer!

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Martina Šmalclová

Ornella Koktová

Manolo Blahnik's work is already an established safe bet. This year's summer collection is no exception. For this year he took inspiration from the "tough midget" Napoleon Bonaparte... ahhh how I'd love that period of loose cuts and chic pumps to come back...

Pumps that were an immediate win for me were those mint-colored ones with a lightly embroidered buckle on the front. Just notice those perfect details hand-sewn with a gold thread. It's really fascinating elegance that will not go out of style for years. The only setback I see is maintenance. So if you were to let's say attend a polo match, maybe forgo the royal tradition of divot stomping...

On the other hand, something that absolutely didn't work out would be the vibrant pink pumps decorated with black lace and a heart-shaped brooch. I can't help it, but this model reminds me of the looks of a prostitute from Moulin Rouge or someplace else. A very tawdry spectacle for an awful lot of money. A paradox, don't you think?!

Ornella Koktová
Luxury Prague Life

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