Manolo Blahnik found inspiration for the Autumn 2022 collection across architecture, artistic movements and the fashions of his formative years. Honing the most elegant balance between form and function, the craftsman employed distinctive silhouettes, decadent embellishments and a dynamic colour palette for another extraordinary season.
Cecil Beaton is a reoccurring inspiration across Manolo’s collections – renowned as a photographer, Beaton also created incredible drawings of the elegant society scene. Manolo studied one such illustration featuring an artful polka dot dress, reimagining the watercolour print as soft spots on pony hair for avant-garde styles, including the Creosli slingback and Wed sandal.
This season, Manolo referenced paintings and photocollages by pop-art pioneer Richard Hamilton, translating their sloping lines and striking colours into a sweetheart vamp on the Sinbelahi pump, Sinbel flat and Sinbelmu mule. Manolo also delved into Pierrot, the colourful stock character in Italian 17th Century commedia Dell'Arte, for a theatrical series of plush jewel-tone velvets. Manolo translated Pierrot’s distinctive smocked costume with contrasting pom poms along the Piera pump and Sevillamu mule.
Revisiting the counterculture of the swinging sixties, set in the boutiques of Carnaby Street, Manolo looked to the daring, futuristic looks of the decade to inspire a sleek new statement buckle on the Arre pump and Checkov boot.
Embellishments will forever have a starring role in Manolo’s collections and for Autumn 22 the enduring theme is opulence. Grand opera houses inspired an exquisite series of jewel-tone satin with sparkling neo-baroque buckles on the Martura T-strap and Dajama pump.
The resurgence of Egyptian motifs that followed the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb was the starting point for Manolo’s deeper dive into Egyptian ornamented iconography. He referenced these exotic patterns to create a new geometric embellishment seen on the Rocisan sandal and Iacopobi mule.
Heritage techniques and time-honoured craft are at the heart of Manolo’s inspirations. For Autumn 22, he paid homage to Scottish tartan, covering signature silhouettes in the traditional primary-hued pattern. The BB, Maysale and Maysli are all reimagined in chic highland checks.
The Autumn 22 collection draws from references far and wide, historic and contemporary, with craftsmanship first and foremost the focus. Manolo offers a collection of showstopping styles that will stand every test of time.
Shop the Autumn 2022 collection here.
Introducing the Autumn Men's 2023 Collection
Introducing the Autumn Women's 2023 Collection
Step into Summer 2023
Introducing Spring 2023
Womens Collection, New Collection
Introducing the Winter 2022 Collection
Mens collection, New Collection
Introducing the Autumn 2022 Men’s Collection
Manolo Blahnik for ELVIS
Manolo Blahnik for BIRKENSTOCK - Second Release
The Summer 2022 Collection Has Arrived
New store opening
Introducing the New Flagship Store in Doha
Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstock
Introducing the Spring 2022 Collection
Introducing the Golden Anniversary Collection
New store opening
Manolo Takes Manhattan
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