Cyndi Lauper Shows Us Her Custom Manolo Blahnik 'Kinky Boots'; Tells Us About Flunking Out of Fashion School

Last night a line of well-heeled ladies wound down 54th st., all hoping to get into the Manolo Blahnik store to hear Cyndi Lauper perform. The pop icon was there to promote her new musical, called Kinky Boots, for which she wrote the score (it opens on Broadway in April). So it was only fitting that Lauper have some kinky boots of her own. And who better to make them than Manolo Blahnik.
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Last night a line of well-heeled ladies wound down 54th st., all hoping to get into the Manolo Blahnik store to hear Cyndi Lauper perform. The pop icon was there to promote her new musical, called Kinky Boots, for which she wrote the score (it opens on Broadway in April). So it was only fitting that Lauper have some kinky boots of her own. And who better to make them than Manolo Blahnik.

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Last night a line of well-heeled ladies wound down 54th St., all hoping to get into the Manolo Blahnik store to hear Cyndi Lauper perform. The pop icon was there to promote her new musical, called Kinky Boots, for which she wrote the score (it opens on Broadway in April). So it was only fitting that Lauper have some kinky boots of her own. And who better to make them than Manolo Blahnik.

Blahnik turned around Lauper's custom red suede thigh high boots in just three days--which we figure has got to be some kind of record. Obviously he did a good job because Lauper was over the moon about them--and totally distraught when a bit of champagne fell on the toe of one.

"Listen, the story about the red shoes, it’s the same with red boots," Lauper told me. "Once you put the red shoes on you don’t want to take them off. I love red shoes. And the fact that Manolo wants to make kinky boots [is great]...Everybody wants a little booty-boot to make their butt look nice."

And since we had five minutes alone with this pop legend (I must confess I was a bit star struck the whole time--especially after Lauper flawlessly belted out "True Colors" a capella just minutes earlier for the Fashion's Night Out crowd) I had to prod a bit more about her influential style. Where did it come from? How does she get inspired?

Turns out, Lauper went to school for fashion.

"I went to fashion industry high school, in New York," she told us. "I’ve always loved fashion. I always used to watch the movies when I was little and look at the lighting, the hats, the shoulder pads. All of the women in the movies had shoulder pads. It's all about the silhouette."

As for putting an outfit together, Lauper told me that she's "a firm believer in deconstruction. I like to put opposite things together, but yet make them look classic because if the silhouette is right, it works."

You wouldn't expect someone who gets fashion so well to fail out of fashion school. But that's just what happened to Lauper.

"I flunked out," she said. "They put me in the non-achieving class but then I flunked out of that too so I was just non-achieving. For a minute I thought I was a non-achieving genius, but then I realized I was just not achieving anything. But I ended up influencing fashion, and it all correlated to my love for older movies."