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These Manolo Blahnik Beaded Slippers for Wales Bonner’s LFW Show Take One Week to Make

Two years after they first teamed up, shoe legend Manolo Blahnik and rising London menswear star Grace Wales Bonner are joining forces again tonight at London Fashion Week.
Bonner — who is showing during the women’s collections for the first time — plans to make a thought-provoking statement with her artistic designs. The show will explore mysticism, ritual and potential within the black-aesthetic practice, a cultural ideology that developed in America alongside the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Blahnik’s shoes were imagined and developed with three very distinct characters that could inhabit this world.
The spiritual healer character is embodied through a colorful beaded slipper, the Mario. Each bead is hand applied it and takes a week to make just one pair, an intricate and detailed process.

Another beaded slipper for the show.

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The second look, the slip-on Sabot, is decked out in exotic skins or colorful feathers that are all hand stitched. Blahnik and Wales Bonner said they imagined this style for a flamboyant, peacock male, perhaps a trader in a West African market.

An over-the-top feathered mule.

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Finally, Blahnik’s classic lace-up brogues, in black, green and red, were crafted with the intellectual student from Howard University in mind.
The shoes are

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