Manolo Blahnik made a rare appearance in Hong Kong on Wednesday 15 February, 2012. The exclusive cocktail party was held in honor of Blahnik’s latest collaboration for Lane Crawford, including the reissue of 10 famed shoe styles from over 40 years of his designs.
What struck me, is this limited edition reissue is for Hong Kong only and more specifically Lane Crawford stores in Hong Kong, exemplifying the strong spending power from the SAR state.
A small VIP group of female guests (and a handful of stylish men) nibbled on prawns and ice cream balls while sipping the always stylish Veuve Clicquot champagne, as the impeccably groomed Blahnik – dressed in a pale purple suit and pink suede shoes – mingled with the crowd and signed copies of his illustrated children’s book.
I was lucky enough to get a photo with the eponymous shoe stylist, and he even recognised the Manolo Blahnik shoes I was wearing! Remarking that they were from 2007 he said “this is what my shoes are designed for, no wear and tear, they are for life!”