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MesajKonu: Sunday Styles   Ptsi 17 Ekim 2011, 09:24

This is the tale of the little stiletto that could, a shoe that in the long-ago days of the luxury-goods boom scampered to the top of a rarefied heap. It was just a handful of years ago that the name of Manolo Blahnik, a 68-year-old London cobbler born in the Canary Islands, was familiar only to hard-core fashion hunters and residents of ZIP code 10021.
Then a funny thing happened: “Sex and the City. ”

As man-crazy as the character Carrie Bradshaw UGG Amberlee
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One sign of the familiarity UGG Classic Mini
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And if they had, they probably would have met Manolo on the way down.

Soon after the 2007 survey appeared, Mr. Blahnik’s name and label took a style dive, his often kittenish designs supplanted by the more aggressive efforts of a new crop of shoemakers, people like Nicholas Kirkwood, Brian Atwood and Christian Louboutin.

It was Mr. Louboutin who most effectively hijacked Manolo Blahnik’s thunder and a chunk of his market, using an arsenal of gaud and ostentation, shoes that came studded, strapped, buckled and fur-covered and that were also made instantly identifiable by his signature red soles. (The same soles have embroiled him in a long-running trademark infringement dispute with the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. )#)

Unlike Mr. Blahnik, Mr. Louboutin seemed to revel in borderline vulgarity. What, after all, is a red sole but an update on the comedian Minnie Pearl’s custom of wearing her hat with the price tag attached? “It was a chic idea for a minute, ” said George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik U. S. A. “You wore a red sole, and everyone knew you spent $1, 200 or $1, 400 for your shoes. And I would say UGG Tassel
UGG Tassel Boot there was a period when certain customers abandoned us and moved into that world. ”

Even among those closely associated with the iconic Blahnik shoe there was a sense that the tide had shifted. A time came, Ms. Parker said, “when Manolo wasn’t defining the aesthetic, ” when Blade Runner styles took over from smart patent pumps, and wearing Manolos was almost like announcing one had turned in one’s coquette card and started taking style cues from Judge Judy.

Mr. Blahnik, notoriously indifferent to fashion trends, stayed true to an aesthetic that he said was formed in his 1950s boyhood by women like Audrey Hepburn and the ultra-elegant model Dovima, nee Dorothy Juba. “The gimmicky thing I’m not very keen on, ” Mr. Blahnik said last week from London. “I’ve never been tempted to do these hideous furniture shoes. ”

But fashion, as we all know, is nothing if not fickle; Heidi Klum is merely reporting fact when she notes each week on “Project Runway” that one day you’re in and the next day you’re out. So it should come as no surprise that, suddenly, signs are everywhere that Blahnik is back in style.

When Kate Moss married last summer, she was shod in a pair of classic Manolos. When Ms. Parker was photographed in a multipage page pictorial for last August’s Vogue, she wore Manolo’s BB pump exclusively. When Marc Jacobs showed his spring 2012 collection last month in New york, he paid sly homage to Manolo and the designer’s classic high-heel Mary-Janes.

And at the recent spring 2012 shows in Paris, the style of footwear dominating runways had a lot less in common with the stunt shoes that held sway in recent seasons — the ones compulsively name-checked by Real Housewives and in songs by J. Lo, and that garnered Mr. Louboutin full-scale profiles in the New Yorker and Vanity Fair — than with the simple and ladylike shoe Mr. Blahnik has designed since his competitors were in their teens.
“In the fight for the shoe summit, ” Ms. Parker said, Manolo is suddenly on top again.
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