Manolo Blahnik holds book signing at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills
Fans of the designer, who became a household name by way of shoe-obsessed Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City," politely lined up in the store's spacious shoe department to have their books signed and exchange a few words with the always gracious Blahnik.
"It was not my idea at all to do another book," said Blahnik, who was clad in a dapper lavender suit, bow tie and pair of self-designed fuchsia slip-on shoes adorned with wide grosgrain-ribbon bows. "It was the publisher -- they did so well with the first one."
He added with a wink, "I didn't know it was going to be such a pain -- we had to look at all the archives and everything. The drawings are easy because I have them...but it's not easy to do a book. But some people got a kick out of the first one, so why not another?"
Blahnik, who was born in the Canary Islands and speaks with a charming Spanish-cum-British accent, added that he loves meeting his public. "It's not what people say, like 'Ah, how tiring.' I get a kick out of these [events]. My work is very lonely, in the sense that it's the manufacturer and me. So I never meet people."
Photo: Manolo Blahnik signing a shoe at Neiman Marcus. Credit: Neiman Marcus