We checked out the Manolo Blahnik Fall 2014 collection in person when it made its media debut, and it lavishly references the 19th century. Now that this collection is starting to trickle its way into stores, we couldn’t resist bringing you some exquisite pairs of BB pumps that are available now!
With a loyal fan base to both the brand and the BB, it’s wise that Blahnik would capitalize on the timeless allure of its most classic design. In the past, the BB pumps has been featured in patent, suedes and print. When Blahnik and his team thought about the BB pump for Fall, exotics and traditional patterns were a must, and even with these new materials and patterns, it still feels like the same BB pump we all know and love.
Be prepared to see these pumps adorned with ostrich, snakeskin, embroidery and laser-cuts. I have a feeling these pumps are going to be well received by many BB fans, and they have the longevity to be true wardrobe classics.
Dinner is served, and tonight’s special is the Manolo Blahnik Pre-Fall 2014 collection, which is now available online for pre-order at Saks. No need to worry about us feeling full, we can always make room for Manolo.
Pre-fall collections are meant to bridge the gap between spring and fall collections, and although sometimes pre-fall is a good place to get an idea of where a brand is going in the coming season, they’re not specifically tied together. The purpose of pre-fall (and resort, which you can think of as pre-spring) is simply to offer customers something new to buy when the spring deliveries start to look dull. When looking at the Blahnik’s collection, the luxe materials, luscious colors and modest silhouettes are the epitome of a successful pre-fall collection. Our favorites around the office are the sexy d’Orsay and signature BB pumps adorned with some fun artistic prints! Check out the gallery to see the entire pre-fall collection and don’t forget to tell us what you think!
Earlier this week, we discussed Rihanna’s affinity for sneakers at length, but today we’re spotlighting another one of her intense shoe loves: Manolo Blahniks. Here’s Rihanna, heading into and later exiting lunch at Da Silvano in NYC with BFF Melissa Forde, wearing a pair of white Manolo Blahnik Chaos Sandals with an adorable blue angora crop top and matching skirt. You can find Ri-Ri’s exact sandals for $725 at Bergdorf Goodman.
Rihanna relies on Manolo heels and sandals for all occasions: lunch dates, NYE parties, daytime errands, etc. The brand’s sandals tend to show off her foot ink particularly well. We saw Rihanna in a strikingly similar pair of Manolo Blahnik Three Strap Sandals last summer. Incidentally, the Three Strap sandals have since completely disappeared from online stores. (It’s the Rihanna effect.)
Shoe: Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Point-Toe Pump
Price: $595 via Bergdorf Goodman
Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: A shoe such as the BB Pump needs little introduction or explanation. Manolo Blahnik, the master of shoe sophistication, adds another covetable pump to the BB family with this hot pink patent spring update. It’s definitely a worthy way to grow your collection.
The color wheel now comes in shoe form. Get ready to tap into your elementary school days with the Manolo Blahnik primary colored sandal, or as the brand likes to call it, the Manolo Blahnik Chaos Colorblock Patent Ankle-Strap Sandal.
This simple silhouette is awash in color for maximum impact, and the contrasting colors add a fun twist to a go-to sandal shape. Whether you pair this sandal with a matching primary colored ensemble or go for contrast with neutrals, this minimal sandal is a walking art lesson that you’re unlikely to forget.
Buy yours through Bergdorf Goodman for $725.
Mules aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and for spring, most mules are being designed with a strong minimalist approach in both structure and ornamentation. These Manolo Blahnik Boril Crystal Satin Suede Mules are anything but minimal, though, and I love them.
The popular ’90s mules were platformed and clunky, but now mules have been stripped of those elements for a sleeker minimalist feel. These Manolos, on the other hand, are very traditional with their satin and suede lace upper, topped with a crystal detail that extends up onto the wearer’s foot. The crystal buckle and lace and satin detailing give this mule an obvious royal and luxurious feel, and it wouldn’t entirely surprise me to see Kate Middleton wearing a more demure colorway of this shoe to some sort of very fancy event. While this mule may not be your cup of tea, kudos to the brand for taking a very popular shoe trend and taking it in a distinctly Manolo direction.
Lavish, lush, and ladylike describe the visual narrative of the Manolo Blahnik Fall 2014 Shoe Collection to a T. This presentation marks the first time in the brand’s history that it’s debut a collection during New York Fashion Week, and while many designers during the weeklong extravaganza put forth modern and innovative designs, Blahnik chose to reference the past with a collection that evokes a sense of 19th century nostalgia. Present in this collection are silk pumps, embroidered detailing, tassel embellishments and polished laces. Check out the gallery below of our exclusive photos from the presentation.