SOUL TO SOLE A re­veal­ing doc­u­men­tary re­counts the ex­tra­or­di­nary life of the mas­ter shoe­maker Manolo Blah­nik

Manolo Blah­nik’s as­ton­ish­ing jour­ney to fame is re­vealed in a star-stud­ded new film

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About 15 years ago, I spent sev­eral weeks in­ter­view­ing Manolo Blah­nik, in an at­tempt to chron­i­cle his ex­tra­or­di­nary story, but even­tu­ally re­alised that his life was far too event­ful to fit into a sin­gle mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle, how­ever hard I might try. So I am de­lighted to dis­cover that a doc­u­men­tary about the great man is soon to be re­leased – Manolo: the Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards – com­plete with ap­pear­ances from his many fa­mous fans, in­clud­ing Anna Win­tour, Naomi Camp­bell and Ri­hanna (who has col­lab­o­rated with Blah­nik for three

footwear col­lec­tions). Yet given the breadth of his ex­pe­ri­ences, even a full-length film may not cover all of Mr Blah­nik’s many ad­ven­tures. Born in the Ca­nary Is­lands in 1942, he grew up on a ba­nana plan­ta­tion (where he used

to cap­ture lizards and make shoes for them out of tin­foil from his mother’s cig­a­rette pack­ets). Af­ter flit­ting through Paris in the 1960s, he be­friended David Hock­ney, Paloma Pi­casso, Bianca Jag­ger and An­jel­ica Hus­ton (among many oth­ers); opened his first Chelsea bou­tique in 1973 (which he still oc­cu­pies to­day); and has shod leg­endary women the world over, in­clud­ing Diana Vree­land, Jackie Onas­sis, Jerry Hall, Madonna and Princess Diana. Suf­fice to say, his supremely el­e­gant, feather-light cre­ations will take you any­where and ev­ery­where: from a ba­nana plan­ta­tion to Buck­ing­ham Palace and be­yond… JUS­TINE PI­CARDIE ‘Manolo: the Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards’ will be

on lim­ited re­lease from 22 Septem­ber.

Hand-drawn de­signs by Manolo Blah­nik

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