Joshua Kane X Manolo Blahnik ‘Mythical Creatures’ Collection

Known for breaking boundaries and making the unimaginable come to life, Joshua Kane did not disappoint on Friday night when he made catwalk history by turning the £86.5 million, 16th century Royal Exchange into the backdrop for his ‘Mythical Creatures’ runway show. His unique styling and bespoke tailoring mesmerised the audience as they sipped on champagne and dined on a three-course meal served by the Queens favourite grocery store, Fortnum and Mason.

Never before has the Royal Exchange hosted such an event, as Kane transformed the venue into an enchanted playground full of magic and mystery as his ‘Mythical Creatures’ strutted the length of the venue in his theatrical empowering designs with long tailored jackets, feathers, and luxurious jacquard silk fabrics. As he showcased his rebellious creations, Joshua Kane proved once again that he is certainly one to watch.

For me, however, it was the announcement and the unveiling of the collaboration with Manolo Blahnik for Joshua Kane’s first-ever women’s shoe collection that got me really excited. Between the creative genius from the Kane camp and Blahnik’s classic elegance and craftsmanship, this promised to be nothing short of spectacular. 

Boasting the iconic ‘3 tailors’ design with premium 100% silk jacquard cloth in jewel inspired tones to match the garments and all woven here in England, I could not help but feel we were all going to be in for a huge treat. Looking at the golden Manolo with its, thin squared heel and pointed toe with its black satin bow, it reminded me slightly of his shoes for Kristen Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 Marie Antoinette adaptation. 

From 76-year-old Blahnik who has previously been quoted as saying “I’ve always been mad for little bows, ribbons and satins”, I guess this should not have come as any great surprise that there was a definite French renaissance feel about it. And yet, it was still synonymous with Kane’s slightly gothic and mysterious characters. 

As I waited with anticipation for the full collection, along came the next shoe, and then the next one, all identical just in different colour fabrics.

Joshua Kane x Manolo Blahnik collaboration - full range. Photo courtesy of Joshua Kane

Joshua Kane x Manolo Blahnik collaboration – full range. Photo courtesy of Joshua Kane

Glancing across the room at Kristina (Manolo Blahnik’s niece and now CEO), I couldn’t help feel a little disappointed. I had come out on this cold November evening to witness greatness being unveiled and instead saw the identical shoe which on a good handful of the models the satin bows had come undone. Clearly a design error, it may have been easier to have been overlooked if it hadn’t have happened to the white satin shoe, giving the appearance of having a piece of toilet paper stuck to its sole and being ceremoniously dragged up and down the catwalk, almost destroying the illusion of the ‘Mythical Creatures’ that Kane worked so hard to create.

Joshua Kane x Manolo Blahnik collaboration. Photo courtesy of Joshua Kane

Joshua Kane x Manolo Blahnik collaboration. Photo courtesy of Joshua Kane

Whilst Manolo Blahnik still sits firmly within my top 5 shoe designers, I couldn’t help walking away feeling somewhat cheated and deflated by the collection. Deciding that I was going to call it a night after that and not wanting to wait around for my black cab to arrive, I decided in my wisdom I would jump on the tube. To add insult to injury, I then managed to get the heel of my favourite easy to wear, go-to, black Louboutin Corneille stiletto caught in the escalator at Bank Tube. Needless to say, it chewed it up and spat it out like a meat grinder in a butcher shop, never to be worn again……

I guess that was Nemesis dishing out my well-deserved retribution for wearing Louboutin to a Manolo showcase.

 

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Joshua Kane x Manolo Blahnik collaboration. Photo courtesy of Joshua Kane

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