As Manolo Blahnik’s iconic Hangisi shoe turns 10, FN caught up with the designer himself to get the scoop on his now-legendary style, beloved by Carrie Bradshaw and millions of other fans.
THE HANGISI CRAZE
“It’s torture, it’s a horror story, it just goes on and on,” he joked, about the Hangisi obsession. “It’s one of those things that I cannot explain but I do thank god for it. I never do things thinking they are going to be iconic. It was just a coincidence.”
Manolo Blahnik’s A Decade of Love Hangisi heel.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand
HOW THE SHOE HAPPENED
“I was in Palermo in Italy visiting an exhibition by the Italian portraitist Giovanni Boldini,” Blahnik explained. “He painted European society ladies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and I noticed some of them had buckles on their shoes.” There are also echoes of the traditional North African baboosh slippers, immortalized by the French artist Eugène Delacroix. These appeared in the latter’s famous “Women of Algiers,” he recalled, noting mischievously that they were “in a state of ecstasy in a harem.”
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
As for the actual word ‘Hangisi,’ it means, ‘Which one?’ in Turkish. The designer chose it, he said, because he