Fri 3 July 2009, Financial Times

Lunch with the FT: Manolo Blahnik

By Vanessa Friedman
Milan, during the autumn/winter collections. The city is flooded with fashion people, so no one blinks an eye at the sight of lamé at 10am or Swarovski crystals at noon. This is especially true in the Four Seasons Hotel, the mink-lined home-away-from-home of the power crowd, such as US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, and Vanity Fair’s Michael Roberts. And yet even here, in the burnished centre of it all, Manolo Blahnik, shoe tsar and silver-haired dandy , is able to make an entrance.

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