Manolo Blahnik is in awe of Keira Knightley and would love to create a pair of shoes for the actor and Frida Giannini reveals she once started crying during her show at Milan Fashion Week.
The iconic footwear designer is a huge fan of the stunning actress and says it would be a dream come true to create a bespoke pair of shoes for her.
He added to vogue.co.uk, “I saw her first in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and I just loved her. I knew she’d be huge after that film. I went to see her last year in ‘The Children’s Hour’ and she was ravishing, just divine. She’s the new Vivien Leigh. I liked her in ‘The Edge of Love’ too, but she always kills everyone when she’s on stage, she’s so good. I love Rachel Weisz too – she’s very beautiful.”
Manolo also revealed he has no plans to collaborate with a high street store on a more affordable footwear range.
He said, “I have been approached so many times to do one, but I don’t want to work for a big company where I’ll have to have lots of meetings where I’m told what I can and can’t do. My niece, Kristina, handles that sort of thing for me – it’s just not for me. I was recently contacted by J Crew to do something with them, so I sent them over 45 pairs of shoes, and they announced we were doing a collaboration. I had no idea about it!”
The Gucci creative director is a veteran at showing off her latest collections at the prestigious event but admits she’s not immune from the odd disaster.
She said, “A few years ago, in the most exciting moment of the show, all the evening gowns were on the catwalk but the music was completely off. There was a technical problem, so the models were all out and I was crying backstage.”
However, it clearly didn’t put her off and Frida once gain impressed with her Gucci show with a palette of purple, burgundy, navy, forest green, dark olive and brown alongside the trademark black.
Ahead of the show she told Italian newspaper La Repubblica, “I was thinking about a certain type of romanticism. It’s quite nocturnal in a way, quite dark, but still very sensual and feminine. It’s about the dual of the Gucci woman – she can be very feminine and sensual, but as the same time very tough and powerful. There are some military references from the 19th Century, so I have explored equestrian boots.”
Alberta Ferretti and Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s No.21 showed at Milan Fashion Week the same day.