Lupita Nyong’o wore Manolo BlahnikBB pumps to the celebration of her DuJour Magazine cover in NYC. This style is from the Spring 2013 collection featuring pistachio leather and 100mm heel. BB is available in pistachio and several other colors at Saks Fifth Avenue or you can customize your own style at Neiman Marcus.
The Winter 2013 cover star posed wearing a Peter Pilotto Mira stretch silk dress with a crew neckline, cap sleeves and center gusset from the Resort 2014 collection.
She also carried a Michael Nelson black Maasai beaded Lucy box clutch and accessorized with an iridescent pink lip. Lupita finished her look with a Joan Hornig ametrine stone Nugget ring and Y.G. small square stud earrings by Jamie Wolf.
When browsing through the photos, I was shocked – Rita looked truly fabulous! This Miu Miu ivory lace rebrodè sleeveless column dress with a nude silk-tulle underlay and asymmetric peplum wasn’t easy to rock. I especially love Swarovski the crystal-embroidered neckline.
She left her signature red pout behind opting instead for the perfect nude lip, dark brows and heavy eyeliner. Rita also carried a Jimmy Choo Cloud minaudière.
Jessica Biel wore Manolo BlahnikCarolyne d’Orsay slingback pumps to the 2014 Academy Awards. She gave us a closer look at her shoes via Instagram which feature pale gold silk satin, long pointed toe and 105mm heel. Carolyne is available in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue & Nordstrom.
She attended the event as a presenter wearing a Chanel iridescent blue sequin embroidered nude tulle strapless gown with a raw hem and sweeping train from the Spring 2014 Couture collection.
Jessica’s overall ethereal look was complemented with a sheer pink lip and nude nails. Similarly to Kate Hudson and Jennifer Garner, her hair was left down in soft curls.
She also accessorized with Tiffany & Co. aquamarine and diamond jewelry from the 2014 Blue Book Collection.
When you think of Manolo Blahnik, your mind most likely turns to Carrie Bradshaw’s adoration and incredibly stocked closet of the esteemed brand. After all, his shoes are so gorgeous that the fiction fashion icon proclaimed, “I wanted to let you know that I’m getting married; to myself. I’m registered at Manolo Blahnik.” Since his first collection debut in 1972, Spanish-born Manuel “Manolo” Blahnik Rodriguez has brought classical elegance back to the forefront of fashion.
His legend status makes it even more surprising that the Spring 2014 collection was the first to show during a fashion week. “Everything is becoming so transparent,” the 71-year-old designer started, “with all this technology, with the blogs and tweets, and I wanted to get more in touch with normal people.” Luckily for us, that meant showcasing his luscious collection during London Fashion Week.
Inspired by the turn of the 20th century, the collection is filled with costume jewelry embellishments, vibrant colors, and a flair for the dramatic. Truly, the use of color blocking, tiered satin, and pleated silk harkens back to a time where women gladly spent a third of the household income on fashion and frippery. The modern twist? The use of braided leather and hyper-futuristic mesh ensure that the collection doesn’t become too stuffy. We especially love the use of tassels and the elaborate embroidery on many of the mules and kitten heels – they embrace Spanish history in only a way a Spaniard could. It might be over forty years since his first collection, but his attraction to sophistication and decadence has never wavered.
If you want to see this gorgeous collection in motion, Manolo Blahnik’s first feature film entitled Jealousy! showcases the old glamor collection beautifully. The silent film embraces the decadence and drama that epitomizes the era from which he drew inspiration, bringing it to the modern day.
If his mainline collection is a little too old world for your tastes, there is a very good chance that the fantastic and minimalist designs he created for Osman, Victoria Beckham, and Richard Nicoll’s collections are perfect for your wardrobe.
Agapax d’Orsay pump in leather & suede with a whipstitch trim and long leather ankle-wrap laces
Aghatax bootie with a striped canvas heel and multicolor suede fringe front panel
Amatis d’Orsay pump in taupe & black satin with a bijoux covered ankle-cuff
Ares double ankle-strap sandal in purple & red leather with a ruched thick toe strap
Maggie Gyllenhaal wore Manolo BlahnikBB pumps to the 2014 British Academy Film Awards held at The Royal Opera House in London. They feature sheer blue floral lace, satin-covered heel and 110mm stiletto. BB is available in black lace (100mm heel) at Barneys or with a 110mm heel at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Maggie arrived on the red carpet wearing a custom long sleeve gown in deep violet by Lanvin with sheer frosted long sleeves and black grosgrain trim. Heres a closer look at the embellished bodice embroidered with clusters of crystals, pearls and silver baubles.
She put the finishing touches on the look with a cool raspberry rose lip.
Jenna Ushkowitz wore Manolo BlahnikBB pumps to celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the horse at The Beverly Center’s Wishing Tree in Los Angeles. This style debuted in the Spring 2013 collection featuring lime green suede and 100mm heel. We’ve also seen them on Crystal Reed. BB is available in several colors & height options at the Neiman Marcus (made-to-order).
She posed wearing a two-piece outfit by Ted Baker including an embroidered pink coral Talula sweater with a high neck and black knitted fluted Heven mini skirt.
Jenna’s hair was styled in a side-parted wavy low ponytail with face-framing layers and she also finished her look with diamond stud earrings.
Manolo BlahnikVestalabar lace-up sandal | 105mm/4.1″ heel | shop at Barneys for $1,195
A fabulous new stock of Manolo Blahnik shoes just arrived at Barneys and this Vestalabar sporty luxe sandal is one of the best styles of the season. They feature black petal-shaped perforated leather, lace-up ankle cuff with silver-tone grommets, sheer white mesh panels, black leather laces, padded leather trim, black leather insole, leather covered heel and thin crisscross straps across the toe. Half sizes are available.
Reese Witherspoon wore Manolo BlahnikBB pumps while attending Drew Barrymore‘s Photo Book “Find It In Everything” Celebration at the Chanel Boutique in Los Angeles. This classic shoe features black suede and pointed-toe. You can order this style in several colors & different height options at the Neiman Marcus Made-to-Order BB boutique.
She enjoyed an evening with her close girlfriends wearing a black floral lace Chanel blouse with a white silk satin underlay, sheer v-neck, open back and scalloped eyelash trim. Reese paired this top with J Brand super skinny leather leggings in noir.
She also accessorized with a shimmery pink lip, iridescent Chanel flap clutch and pearl stud earrings.
Pantone recently announced radiant orchid as the 2014 color of the year. This charming purple hue captivates a “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” while “emanating great joy, love and health”.
I always look forward to this report which covers the season’s most important color trends. This purpley shade covered the runways at NYFW and I expect to see it on our favorite red carpet starlets as well as on clothing and accessories throughout the year.
Featured below is a quick look at several spring shoe styles I’ve found in variations of this hue. I love the graphic patterns used on the Roger Vivier & Nicholas Kirkwood styles combined with a spicy cayenne red. Manolo Blahnik opted for a warmer two-tone design mixing byzantium with fandango.
Get radiant purple on your feet right now; check out these available styles:
Resort, Cruise, Pre-Spring – whatever you call it, I like it! These inter-season styles are a welcome change after a gloomy winter filled with heavy boots. Cruise is now one the biggest and most important seasons of the year for both retailers & brands (including Chanel!).
The yummy colors are a breath of fresh air and designed for frolicking around the Caribbean or other tropical destinations. Many times I much prefer the playful cruise styles over the spring collections. This season is delicious as ever with Jimmy Choo’s pastel gelato heels and Charlotte Olympia’s Sweet Talk confectionary creations.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite new resort arrivals: