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Kristina Blahnik: Shoes are my life

Kristina Blahnik: Shoes are my life

Kristina Blahnik feels like she grew up in a shoebox.

The businesswoman is the niece of legendary shoe designer Manolo and was recently named CEO of the family footwear label.

Helming the brand, which was a favourite of Sex and the City style icon Carrie Bradshaw, may seem like a daunting task, but Kristina has lived with the label for as long as she can remember.

"[I] grew up in a shoebox," Kristina smiled to Vanity Fair.

“I don’t feel like I’m running a business. It’s more like running a fairy tale. Every shoe Uncle Lolo makes - he’s still the company’s only designer - is a character in a narrative, to whom he’s given the breath of life. His shoes are the outward expressions of all the layers and layers of intimidating, inspiring, spirited, encyclopaedic information packed inside his head.”

This month sees the release of new book Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions, the first comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume to document the influences and life work of Manolo. Included are various conversations between the designer and his contemporaries.

"My creativity gets going on this madness,” Manolo smiled at some of the topics covered in the book.

No red carpet is complete without a pair of Manolo's designs making an appearance, and everyone from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Kourtney Kardashian is a fan.

Manolo has spent more than five decades in footwear, designing an impressive 30,000 individual shoe styles.

"I’m 72 years old. Not a baby anymore!” he exclaimed.

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