In honor of Savoir Flair’s fifth anniversary, we present the five best international accessories designer interviews, from the past half-decade, including our exclusive interview with Christian Louboutin to an intimate chat with Manolo Blahnik. Click through the gallery below to see our most-loved accessory interviews with the industry’s top designers.
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Nobody designs shoes like Christian Louboutin, and back in 2011 Savoir Flair interviewed the man behind those famous red-soled shoes, who said that the sexiest shoe is ‘skin-colored, because the shoe and foot almost melt into each other. If you want to buy two pairs of shoes, you should get one black and one skin-colored one.”
It seems like only yesterday that we interviewed the great Manolo Blahnik, but somehow it’s already been more than two years. Telling us which item every woman must own, Blahnik told us exclusively, “I would have to say my BB pumps. They are completely timeless and once you buy a pair, you can pull them out of your closet in five or 1o years and they will still look flattering and modern.”
In 2011, Savoir Flair sat with Charlotte Dellal, the designer behind popular accessories brand Charlotte Olympia, who is known for her whimsical bags and unique shoe designs, who told us she always packs “too many shoes” when she travels.
During his first trip to Dubai, Savoir Flair sat for an intimate chat with the renowned footwear designer Gianvito Rossi, who when asked about his inspirations, told us exclusively, “Once you get your design philosophy, you have your starting points, which for me are Italian modern design and architecture. It is an evolution of these concepts. What really helps is what you see around the world. This has influence on your designs.”
Rounding out the top five of our accessory designer interviews is the very talented Nicholas Kirkwood, who told us, “Your shoes have to be high and they have to make you feel great. They’ve got to be comfortable. They also have to make a statement, be a talking point. You should be stopped on the street by people and asked about your shoes.”