22 October 2010
MANOLO BLAHNIK says there is only one way to perfect walking in heels.
"I would like to say that I don't dislike women that don't wear heels - people often think I prefer women in heels but it isn't true," says Blahnik. "But if you do feel unsure, the best way to practice is by walking on the balls on your feet in a swimming pool or on the beach. The motion is the same."
The legendary designer - who last night signed 700 copies of his new book Manolo's New Shoes for his adoring fans at Liberty - says British women have a unique sense of style.
"It's spontaneous and quirky," he tells us. "I grew up with women like Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy - their style belongs to England. It's so free here."
Would he ever consider adding a new accessories strand to his iconic label?
"I don't have a massive inclination to like all the others do," he says. "But I do have a few bags that I do every year and I would quite like to design gloves but unfortunately no one wears them today. Or perhaps I would like to try making hats, but then again I suppose people would go to Stephen Jones for those."
And the best piece of advice he's ever been offered?
"My mother always used to tell me, 'Do what you love, but do it with passion,'" he says. "I have always sworn by that motto."