May 9, 2021

Manolo Blahnik on His New Documentary ‘Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards’

Manolo Blahnik really is his own worst critic.
Days away from the New York premiere of the documentary “Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards,” the designer gave himself lackluster reviews at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday night. He was there to support his old friend and the film’s director Michael Roberts, who was signing copies of “GingerNutz” with Grace Coddington.
WWD: What do you think of your documentary?
Manolo Blahnik: [Sighs.] It was kind of wonderful in the beginning and then somebody took over to edit. But it’s OK, the final product is OK. I don’t like to see myself on film. I asked to be photographed from the back, but no. At the time, I had injured my diaphragm. I was treated with cortisone so I was huuuge (waving a hand over his stomach.) I still have a little bit here, here and in the knees but I’m fine. I’ve never been an exhibitionist person or whatever it is. It’s hard to see yourself there with wrinkles and age. I don’t like it.
WWD: Did you like the essence of it? Was it more a matter that you don’t like to see yourself on film?
M.B.: The essence has something of

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