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September 10, 2015

Manolo Blahnik to Appear at Rizzoli Books with André Leon Talley

manolo blahnik booksigning at rizzoli

The recently reopened Rizzoli Bookstore has brought a fresh wave of excitement to NoMad. Fans of art, design and fashion have a mecca of curated taste to browse during their lunch break and after work. It’s only fitting that Rizzoli will host one of the most interesting events of New York Fashion Week.

This Friday at 5:30 p.m., Manolo Blahnik will appear at Rizzoli Bookstore, in conversation with former Vogue editor André Leon Talley. For decades now, Manolo Blahnik has been recognized as epitomizing imagination and creativity in high-end shoe design.

Manolo Blahnik is an artist in every sense of the word, dominating shoe design since the 1970s. When introduced to Diana Vreeland, he showed her accessories that he was working on and she suggested, “go make shoes.”

He did. Soon stars like Marisa Berenson and Lauren Bacall started visiting his shop. Unlike many designers, he crafts and designs every shoe that bares his name. Working alone, he sketches his shoes, chisels the wooden last, on which they are molded and sculpts the heels.

Blahnik became famous in pop culture, when Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City offered to give a mugger her Fendi and jewels but not her Manolo Blahniks.

Following the conversation, Blahnik will sign copies of Rizzoli Publications’s new book, Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions.

That’s not all! Rizzoli is holding a contest where one lucky winner will receive a copy of Blahnik’s book, signed by the legendary designer. The sweepstakes are open until September 13th through Rizzoli’s Facebook page. 

With the fashion industry descending upon NYC for New York Fashion Week, seating for this Manolo Blahnik discussion and book-signing will be limited. Be sure to RSVP at