There is No Blahník like Manolo Blahník…
This evening rushing through London after a hectic day at work and catching the Jubilee line from London Bridge to Green park. I made my way through the crowds rushing to get to the Hatchards Book store, where I had eagerly been anticipating Manolo Blank’s ‘Fleeting Gestures And Obsessions’ book signing. I had been looking forward to this evening throughout the whole week and could think of nothing else.
Hatchards which was established in 1797 by John Hatchard and is London’s oldest bookshop, by appointments to her Majesty The Queen, H.R.H The Duke Of Edinburgh & H.R.H The Prince Of Wales (Royal Warrants of Appointment are a mark of recognition to those who supply goods or services to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales.) So I ask you, what better place to host the book signing of such an Icon such as MR. Manolo Blahník? I will answer, none!
The Book: Fleeting Gestures And Obsessions
Designer: Manolo Blahník
upon entering the book store, I stopped to ask where I could get a copy of the book,”Fleeting Gestures And Obsessions” of Manolo Blahník, which was just by my left but due to the excitement that had me salivating and confused i hadn’t realised. A lovely lady pointed at the tower of books by the side letting me know that she was also here for the same thing. I didn’t hesitate to buy my copy and rush to the third floor where we were asked to wait. The air could hardly contain the excitement, energy and buzz around the floor. As people whispered to one another (I could not imagine what everyone’s curiosity was like but I knew that mine was uncontainable).
As he came in and sat at the desk, always smiling and openly joking with the people around. I watched carefully as he started receiving people and their individual books. Carefully placing the gloves on his hand each time he handed someone’s book. Always paying only the most lovely compliments to each individual.
I waited impatiently for my turn, until I found myself standing in front of his table.
I asked him politely injected with some charm,should I refer to him as Mr. Manolo or Mr. Blahník? He looked at me and with a smile, humbly said what might my own name be? There was an instant energy (as those who know me, know that I love to have a good laugh and never take myself too seriously), he asked what my name is and I said with an infectious grin, you can call me ‘Safynaz’. He proceeded to compliment me saying that I had a beautiful name and it reminded him of a girlfriend he had when he was very young man from Tehran with the same name. I felt a little guilty as I knew that whilst we were chatting away and laughing there was a whole crowd waiting to meet Mr. Blahník so I had to take my pictures and savour that experience and what an expirience.
Mr. Blahník & I at the Hatchards Book Store in London
I had just met a living and breathing fashion icon. I cannot blog about my extraordinary experience without mentioning that as most women my age remember that we got ‘Manolo fever’ from Carrie Bradshaw in the romantic sitcom Sex and the City. Who didn’t fall in love with Carrie the independent, New York City newspaper columnist, fashionista, freelance writer for Vogue and a published author. Her weekly column, "Sex and the City," provided the storylines and narrations for each episode. Thats another story for another blog post. If you didn’t know about shoes after watching Carrie in her different gorgeous ‘Manolos’, you became an instant lover of the iconic brand.
WATCH MY MANOLO BLAHNÌK VIDEO HERE
I was humbled to be in the presence of a true Icon, a gentleman, a kind soul, with an infectous sharp sense of humour and a complete extrovert. This was one of the highlights of the year or should I even say of my life. This is my christmas present to myself and believe that it surpasses all presents. Thank you to Hatchards for making this happen in London.
There is None other than Manolo Blahník…