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MANOLO AT THE MUSEUM: Manolo Blahnik took to Sir John Soane’s Museum, a treasure-trove like house tucked away in London’s Lincoln’s Inn Fields, to showcase his men’s shoe collection for the first time at London Collections Men. Soane, an architect who died in 1837, crammed his house with everything from Greek and Roman antiquities to 18th Century sculpture, opening it as a museum in the early 1800s. “I love what [the museum] stands for,” enthused Blahnik. “England at a splendid time, and the mind of a very, very elegant and disciplined collector.” Some of the designs that Blahnik showed Monday — nestled amid the bronze statues and archeological finds — also nodded to the ancient times. They included buckled sandals, which Blahnik described as “a cross between what the bourgeoisie of Rome and a Centurion would wear.” He also said that chatting with his friend Mary Beard, a Cambridge University classics professor who also presents and writes on the subject, had influenced his designs.“She has a wonderful Greek and Roman mind,” noted Blahnik. Blahnik’s designs — which spanned spring and fall seasons — also included shoes that the designer had created with a new square-toed last, as in a square-toed boot in tan and cream, which Blahnik described as “Austro-Hungarian.” There were also more classic men’s designs, such as suede lace-up brogues in red, with leather toe-caps. Blahnik said he’s continuing to work on his book with Rizzoli, set to be published next year, which he said is “about my work and the people that I love.” Along with Pedro Almodovar and Gore Vidal, Beard is one of Blahnik’s chums who will make an appearance, as will Manuela Mena, the head curator in Goya and 18th Century painting at the Prado museum in Madrid.

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