What a perfect time of year to delve right into a nostalgic fairytale, with a twist.
This month sees the release of Fashion's very own Fairy God Mother, author Camilla Morton's new title Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker. Now I think we're all pretty well versed on the Elves/Shoemaker tale. But what Camilla has done here is merge the Brothers Grimm classic with the real-life tale of the Shoemaker in question, Manolo Blahnik. A wonderful 'rags to riches' story told in conjunction with Blahnik’s amazing illustrations is perfect for the child at heart and the modern day fashion junkie. A wonderful combination, me thinks!
Best-selling author of How to Walk in High Heels: The Girls Guide to Everything and the equally brilliant, Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty does what she does best and puts a magical spin on the story of Blahnik's rise to success. Everything about this book makes you want to curl up on a cold winters night with a hot chocolate and be whisked away to a mystical land full of wonder; and fantastic shoes, bien sûr.
The title takes from Blahnik's time-line spanning nearly 70 years - from boyhood to world renowned shoe designer; from the years spent (born and raised) in the Canary Islands to his time studying International Law in Geneva, through to his years spent in fashion hub, Paris; to the opening of his first boutique in London and right up to present day, and the shoe powerhouse he has undoubtedly become.
The illustrations are simply beautiful. Blahnik captures effortlessly his youth, his passion and his art with such warmth and love. This is a side I love of Manolo Blahnik; the illustrator.
It's a cute book (112 pages) and like Camilla's Fashion Fairytale titles, part of the Fashion Fairytale Memoir series, it is colourful, quaint and adorable, with a fairytale ending.
This book is spot on for Christmas. Excellent for the art fan but oh so good for those with a shoe fetish! And doubly great for those who still want (and need) to dream.
Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker (It Books/HarperCollins) is on sale now.