Fashion / Style

Fashion Icon Who Made the Sex and the City Cast Swoon Gets a Fashion Week Moment

BY // 08.03.15

If there’s anything Sex and the City has taught its most fashion-oriented viewers, it is that Manolo Blahnik shoes are masterpieces that every woman needs. Now, after dedicating more than 40 years to the industry, Blahnik is being honored with the with the 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion by The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

The award luncheon takes place on September 9 at Lincoln Center in New York City and will be an exciting precursor to New York Fashion Week. Blahnik, 72, referred to the honor as “one of the greatest accolades of my life.”

“Manolo Blahnik is one of the world’s most accomplished and influential footwear designers,” said Fashion Institute of Technology president Dr. Joyce Brown. “Superbly crafted in the finest materials, his highly coveted shoes— which have been called ‘magical totems of success and femininity’— reflect his timeless and singular vision. We are delighted to be honoring him.”

This month, Blahnik launches his first-ever full handbag line – six gem-like evening clutches inspired by his iconic Swarovski crystal shoe embellishments. Made from satin and crepe de chine, the ornate bags vary in shape from square, to rectangle, to egg, and range from vibrant to neutral hues, each featuring a leather lining. Despite being double the price of his bejeweled heels, they are too fabulous to resist. The bags will be available at Manolo Blahnik boutiques worldwide.

Worried about them selling out? Have no fear, because Blahnik has already promised more for next season.

Click through the images at top for a peek at the dazzling collection.

Mackenzie Hill contributed to this article.

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