Shoemaker extraordinaire Manolo Blahnik, described simply as the greatest shoe designer of all time by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, recently made a rare appearance at Neiman Marcus San Francisco. One of many local fans, Lillian Kwock—who stood near the front of the line at the department store's exclusive event—said, “I did a count last week. I have 39 pairs, not including these two that I just bought."
In town to promote his new book, Manolo’s New Shoes (released October 12), a follow-up to 2003's Manolo Blahnik Drawings, the famous designer chatted with journalists while the shoe salon buzzed with excitement and models floated around carrying platters adorned with snakeskin, pointed-toed kitten heels. In brief, here's what Mr. Blahnik had to say.
September and October mean a lot of things; our one shot at a hot summer, Fleet Week, the start of NFL football, hopefully a run at the playoffs for the Giants and for some, frustrations at attempting to tie a bow tie for all the galas.
Check out the proper way to do it in the diagram to the left.
After a few times trying it ourselves and failing, we decided to turn to the experts. Towards that end, we hunted down Jim Spencer at Neiman Marcus Union Square. He showed us a nifty trick to see what you're doing and stay sane while tying up. (Who knew the knee is the same circumference as your neck?)
If something sparkly dangling from the wrists or lobes of Rihanna, Alexa Chung, Blake Lively or Carrie Underwood has caught your eye lately, we wouldn’t at all be surprised to find that the dazzler in question was none other than an enamel- and jewel-encrusted piece by New York-based designer Matthew Campbell Laurenza’s M.C.L. Design.
In town tomorrow for a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus, the 32-year-old Laurenza has garnered many a starlet fan since launching in 2007. Best known for chunky bangles and cuffs mixing enamel and multi-colored sapphires, Laurenza can be counted on for pieces that make a statement with their intricate design work and bold hues.
Niece of Giorgio Armani and, these days, more and more often the public face of the iconic Italian fashion house, Roberta Armani touched down in San Francisco recently to mingle with Bay Area VIPs during a private presentation of Armani’s spring collections held at Neiman Marcus. We caught up with Armani before the event to chat about the company’s recent work outfitting Lady Gaga, red carpet fashion, her uncle Giorgio and her experience road-tripping in California.
Tell us about Armani’s recent collaboration with Lady Gaga.
Padma Lakshmi stopped by Neiman Marcus in San Francisco to talk jewelry – from her latest Padma collection featuring delicate gold Indian-inspired designs with a modern twist to the pieces that every woman should invest in. And of course, what interview with the Top Chef goddess would be complete without a little food talk:
This weekend is all about classic silhouettes, solid foundations and exploring the fashions of the past.
Start in SoMa at the Chaiken Spring 2009 Sample Sale for up to 70 percent off women’s apparel and accessories from the San Francisco label’s current collection. Founder Julie Chaiken’s signature sense of easy-going yet quietly refined style comes through once again in the season’s subdued and versatile sheaths, twill shorts, jersey knit dresses and roomy leather carryalls.
During a recent lunchtime preview of spring trends, Neiman Marcus buyers and fashion experts showed off their picks for the season’s best looks while attendees sipped from Champagne flutes and sampled canapes.
Among the trends for spring:
- Lots of pink
- One-shoulder dresses, tops and jumpsuits
- Snakeskin accessories
- Statement shoes
- Carryall handbags
- Bright-hued cardigans
- Graphic prints
- Bold accessories, chunky bracelets and long, layered necklaces