Manolo Blahnik, the man behind the beloved footwear brand, recently spoke to Tina Gaudoin of the Wall Street Journal, and had some very interesting and very relevant things to say on the state of fashion.
Of mass market collaborations, Blahnik says: "There are too many collections and too much commercialism. ... I recently turned down a lot of money to create a mass-market type product. I don't want to make that sort of money if I am polluting my brand."
Of designer knockoffs: "Everywhere people are hijacking names. The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress was copied within about 10 minutes. All of this copying and people begin to ask the question 'What is real?' and an even bigger question then becomes 'What is good design?'"
Blahnik on fast fashion: "The idea of up-to-the minute fashion is a sin. Why? Because it manipulates women by making them feel they have to constantly spend money on different things to remain fashionable. This is ridiculous. I'd prefer to see women in twin sets and tweed. I have a very '50s kind of mentality when it comes to fashion."