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Manolo Blahnik Pays Tribute To Anna Piaggi AT LFW

Manolo Blahnik Pays Tribute To Anna Piaggi AT LFW

Manolo Blahnik has announced that his London Fashion Week collaboration with the British Fashion Council is a tribute to iconic stylist and editor Anna Piaggi. News of the Italian eccentric’s death rocked the fashion world back in August 2012.

Our favourite footwear designer is the man behind all the imagery surrounding this season’s show schedule, responsible for turning Somerset House into an English country garden in full bloom. Blahnik has now explained that his dear friend Piaggi loved London as much as we do, and her passion for the city inspired this homage to the beautiful British countryside.

“It is a great privilege to be asked, and to be able to give the city I love a few seconds of attention,” he told Vogue.

“I had a friend and she adored London – Miss Anna Piaggi, she died a few months ago – and I’m doing this as a kind of homage to her. She always used to say that she thought that London was the freshest place – and all the ideas she used to pick up in London were always her best. She had this incredible vision, fashion-wise, so this is a tribute to her and to London.”

Spanish-born Blahnik shares Piaggi’s adoration of our great city (who wouldn’t!) and the surrounding landscape – so much so that he moved to Bath several years ago. The campaign imagery that he designed for AW13 show season was even created on the train from Bath to London – inspired by the view of the countryside through the window!

“Everybody now makes a point of coming to London – which is very different to Milan and Paris. London is now so important to all these international buyers,” he said.

“It’s also a great opportunity to remind people, that we in Europe, in England, have the best small factories and that they should be put back into use again – a lot of them are disappearing, All our designers should be using English things and English materials, I think it’s so important – and this increased interest in London definitely helps.”

FashionBite’s philosophy centres around championing emerging British designers – we know that now is a great time for fresh, exciting ideas to come forth in London. Blahnik feels the same way:

“London is the future, these youngsters are the future,” he said.

“It reminds me of a collaboration I did back in 1993 with Lee McQueen – way back, when he didn’t have a penny and I did it for free of course – and it was exciting. And it’s happening again. I’ve seen people around recently, and sometimes I have no idea who they even are, but they are doing incredible things.”

Incredible, indeed. Check our ‘ONE TO WATCH’ articles for an update on who’s who in the fashion future…

Click here to read our tribute to the fabulous Anna Piaggi!

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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