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Manolo Blahnik holds book signing at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills

October 8, 2010 |  7:47 am

CChiuMBlahnik_100710_005 Shoe guru Manolo Blahnik made an appearance at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills Thursday afternoon to sign copies of his second coffee table tome, "Manolo's New Shoes," which will be released Oct. 12.

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."

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Manolo Blahnik signing a shoe at Neiman Marcus. Credit: Neiman Marcus