on 7 January 2006
I got this book for Christmas and it's one of the best presents ever! Being a huge shoeholic and owning almost 70 pairs, alas I'm not fortunate enough to own a pair of Manolos. Yet. But this book almost makes up for it as it is filled to the brim with stunning photographs of a huge variety of Manolo's Magnificent Creations. It's every girl's dream and a lovely way to while away the time flicking through the beautiful pages time and time again. A must for every shoe lover's coffee table.
on 18 July 2006
I just happened to be in Selfridges/London last year, coinciding with Eric Boman and Manolo Blahnik's book launch. There were queues and queues of eager fans lining up to get their newly purchased books autographed by the fashionable duo. It was all very civilised, even though security guards were holding back the frenzied mob, while Boman and Blahnik relentlessly signed with tireless good humour and charm.
Manolo Blahnik has been the ultimate cobbler to the stars since the Seventies, and Eric is a veteran, top photographer who's been photographing beautiful women for years (his most recent book, "Dames" show-cases his portrait-photogaphy). It's fortunate for Manolo that Eric came up with the novel idea of photographing his shoes. It was also conducive for the book that he supplied the witty 'photographic conversation,' for although Manolo's shoes are the most exquisite in the world, a book would have been pretty one dimensional with pedestrian sole snap-shots of his pumps without Eric's creative input.
Boman has not only managed to produce imaginative photographs of the beautiful shoes, but has elevated Manolo's footwear to museum status. Thanks to his original and highly imaginative photographic compositions, the elegant pumps have been transformed into classical portraits.
Boman and Blahnik's old friend Paloma Picasso has supplied the foreward, helping make this beautifully produced book a must have gift, especially for people with tasteful shoe fetishes and aficionados of superior glossy art books, the kind which are much too exquisite to grace coffee tables.
on 3 January 2007
i found this book in a tiny,gorgeous shop in bath. the photography is original and interesting. this book was an inspired idea and feeds any desire for fashion or still life art work you could need. i would love to meet this photographer, an extremly talented man.
on 12 August 2011
This is the most beautiful book I have ever seen. The full page, glossy, magnificent photos take your breath away. It is a collector's item and the iconic coffee table book. The perfect gift for someone who has everything - including 300 pairs of shoes.
on 2 December 2008
I bought this book for my sister-in-law for xmas as she is Londons answer to Imelda Marcos,so i thought that this would be the perfect present! but after looking through it today I'm wondering if she might just be happy with a wooly Jumper : ) I will find it really hard to hand it over.....
It's a great book for shoeholics or just women who appreciate the work of art that is a pair of Manolas - and if there is no way during this lifetime you'll ever be able to own a pair of Manolos, this book is a must have because it is definately the next best thing.
on 30 December 2009
A beautiful BIG book, wonderful photos and detail- all beautifully and artistically shot. Would definitely recommend for any Manolo admirer as well as any lover of photography.
The book also contains some anecdotes and background history about both Blahnik and Boman. Great, elegant book.
on 12 January 2011
I had already seen the book in a department store so I knew what to expect, but it was way cheaper on Amazon.
Very pleased with my purchase.
If you're a shoe lover like me, you won't be disappointed. Like someone said....pictures are worth a thousand words.