We've often heard guys lament that they have so many less fashion options than their girlier counterparts. To be honest, we don't think this particular injustice will ever change, but it looks like at least one designer is trying his hardest- Manolo Blahnik is designing shoes for men! The L.A. Times got a sneak peek of a few pairs, at left. Needless to say, we’re hoping these are the most flamboyant of the bunch. It’s clear that guys have painfully few options when it comes to high-quality and fashionable footwear. And while we like the idea of more off-beat shoe options for our boyfriends, we’re not so into open-toe, suede slingbacks (for them) either. Incidentally, if the leopard print sandals come in a mens' size 6, we might be willing to shop the collection... What’s a guy to do? --ALISON COOL
Manolo Blahnik: I'm Still Trying to 'Make It'
SAVANNAH--Good designers may have flashes of brilliance, but legendary designers marry that inborn talent with a great deal of hard work. And in Manolo Blahnik's case, more modesty than one would expect. On Saturday, just hours before its top 25 senior fashion collections were shown to students, press, and industry insiders alike, the Savannah College of Art and Design hosted a chat with shoe king Blahnik and his good friend (and SCAD board member) Andre Leon Talley, moderated by Eric Wilson from the New York Times. Blahnik, who was honored with the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award at the SCAD senior fashion show later that evening, did a bit of reminiscing with Talley about Bianca Jagger, Fire Island, and Sophia Loren's feet. But his answers to Wilson's questions about the industry weren't as cookie cutter as one might expect from such an established name. "I'm still trying to make it," he said off-offhandedly at one moment. What we learned: