Archive for septiembre 2010
Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC) was one of the first Greek philosophers to encourage both scholars and the common citizen to turn their attention from the outside world to the condition of humankind. People will naturally do what is good, if they know what is right. Evil or bad actions, are the result of ignorance. If a criminal were truly aware of the mental and spiritual consequences of his actions, he would neither commit nor even consider committing those actions. Any person who knows what is truly right will automatically do it, according to Socrates. While he correlated knowledge with virtue, he similarly equated virtue with happiness. The truly wise man will know what is right, do what is good, and therefore be happy.
Vera Ellen Wang was born and raised in New York City and is of Chinese descent. Her parents were born in Shanghai, China, and came to the United States in the mid-1940s. Her mother worked as a translator for United Nations, while her father owned a medicine company. She has one younger brother, Kenneth. After graduating from The Chapin School in 1967, she attended the University of Paris and earned a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College.
Born to a Czech father and a Spanish mother and born and raised in the Canary Islands (Spain), Blahnik graduated from the University of Geneva in 1965 and studied art in Paris. He moved to London in 1968 to work at fashion boutique “Zapata” and wrote for Vogue Italia. After showing his portfolio of fashions and set designs to Diana Vreeland, she told him that he should design only footwear. In 1972, Ossie Clark invited him to create shoes for his runway show. With a loan of £2,000, Blahnik bought Zapata from its owner and opened his own boutique.
Way back in the 1970s, when chunky platform shoes and boots were the mainstream footwear styling of the day, Manolo Blahnik turned back his attention to the stiletto heel, which has remained the brand’s mainstay to this day. Manolo Blahnik shoes have rapidly become a symbol of pure classical style for the 21st century.
Manolo Blahnik’s flagship store remains to date in Old Church Street, Chelsea London.
Midway through Milan, and the mood among retailers and the press is optimistic. Bananas and stripes at Prada! Leather fringe at Gucci! Long day at D and G! Perky, preppy bags at Fendi! And everywhere flag colors are set against chic white, skirts to midcalf, and wearable, non-conceptual clothes. Fashion appears to have come to its senses again or at least to have regained a sense of proportion, an impression fortified by London’s refined, unselfconsciously pretty offerings at Christopher Kane, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Peter Pilotto and Meadham Kirchhoff.
I studied fashion at the Danish Designschool in Copenhagen, where I’m also living right now. I love to go running in the Swedish forest with my dad and to solve crossword puzzles. In my designs, I like to build things, combine them together, and I also like boring things, boring colors, and boring materials.