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Kempt Man of the Hour: Manolo Blahnik

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Manolo Blahnik's name is of course familiar to shoe fetishists and *Sex & the City* slatterns. Quite apart from that however he is also one of the world's best-dressed men. The dapper designer has both the panache and gravitas to pull off the old school double-breasted suit and bowtie look in a way that few men really can. Note that he does not look remotely silly even when clutching a satin stiletto (he's about to sign it for some Bergdorf Blondes, not try it on).

Note also the ticket pocket and turned-back cuffs on the jacket which fairly shout “bespoke”; the jacquard bowtie of perfect proportion, disheveled just enough so that there can be no question of its being one of those horrific pre-tied affairs; the natty tortoiseshell specs; and the bodacious boutonniere, a nice Wildean touch. Whether he chose the suit to match the shoe we wouldn't venture to say.


Manolo Blahnik

The line between men’s and women’s dress shoes has traditionally been more of a moat. You cross it at your own peril. Of course, Manolo Blahnik has been feeling bulletproof lately, so he’s trying a jump or two.

What strange beast slouches towards Kensington to be born? Apparently it’s an open-toed oxford.

For the second daring feat…well, mandals are involved.

Maybe we should just be grateful he had the decency to stick with flats.

Luxist [via Vogue UK]