On January 13, 2015, Manolo Blahnik—legendary shoe designer for women—unveiled his first-ever shoe collection for men. Surprisingly viewers did not see the collection, which debuted during the London Collections: Men’s Fashion Week, for the first time on the runways. Instead, Blahnik displayed his bold collection inside the Sir John Soane Museum.
When asked why Blahnik chose to debit his collection in the neo-classical location, situated in the heart of London, he told Style.com, “I first came here with my parents when I was 18—this is where I fell in love with Greece.”
The museum, which used to be home to Sir John Soane, is filled to the top (literally) with artifacts and paintings Sir Soane collected. Ranging from Greek sculptures to architectural drawings, Blahnik’s coveted collection was creatively blended into the museum’s setting for viewers to observe.
The Spanish designer began his shoe-making career in the 70s and quickly gained recognition for his elaborate and creative take on his designs for women. Blahnik rose to popularity in the fashion world and became an instant household name making almost every woman wanting to purchase a pair of his high-heeled shoes. Even the infamous HBO character, Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City, was known for wearing her Manolos.
After decades of dedicating his talents to women’s shoes, Blahnik decided it was time to create a line for men. His current collection features bold colored shoes including blues, reds and yellows. Other colors include neutral shades including black, sand and multi-toned shoes made of leather.
The collection offers men a bunch of different styles as well. Some types include monk-strap, sandals, saddle strap, boots and loafers. Materials in the collection range from crocodile leather to suede.
While this collection is Blahnik’s first for men, I have a feeling it will definitely not be his last. For more information on his men’s collection, please visit his website by clicking here.
Featured Image and Images Credit: Photos via Manolo Blahnik’s Facebook