In creating the Winter 22 collection, Manolo Blahnik explored art, artists and architecture from eras spanning ancient Egypt to Elizabeth Taylor. Every intricate detail underscores an ongoing commitment to exquisite craftsmanship. We take a deep dive into five of the many inspirations behind this winter collection.

 

GLORIA

Looking to the eclectic glamour of his formative 1970’s, Blahnik channelled the elegance of disco-era icon Gloria Gaynor. The craftsman’s characteristic sense of joy led to exaggerated crystal buttons on the dazzling Elsaka and Elhob sandals.

 

17TH CENTURY ROYALS

Blahnik was inspired by the magnificent adornments depicted in 17th Century royal portraits for the season’s update to love-forever styles. The extravagance is channelled into a pop-red Hangisi with a sparkling tonal buckle.

 

LACE

Blahnik worked with exquisite new fabrics for the Winter collection including a linear lace – a modern take on the historic craft. The geometric pattern is inspired by the magnificent interiors of Alcazar de Segovia. The sheer macrame-and-mesh stitching appears in pale blue, cream and black on the Maysale mule, BB pump and Listana pump.

 

JUNGLE

This season’s printed snake fabrication was inspired by a Richard Avedon photograph of Nastassja Kinski intertwined with a boa that was published in 1981 Vogue. The edit of sensuous styles includes the strappy Amirat mule and classic BB pump.

 

THE EYE HEEL

Known for having the most striking eyes in Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor inspired a daring new heel shape this season. Blahnik created a sculptural wedge in an almond shape that mimics the curve of Taylor’s distinctive dark eyeliner, as expertly applied in the 1974 Italian film, The Driver’s Seat. The cut-out silhouette is seen on the Welli pump and Sillas boot.

Coming Soon

 

Discover the Winter 2022 collection here.

 

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