Yesterday, I was very excited to be invited to the Manolo Blahnik Epiphany screening organized by Harper’s Bazaar and American Express at the British Film Institution.
I had to work during the day, but was prepared wearing my little black, silk Topshop Boutique dress, covered with my denim shirt for the day, with my high heels in my bag for the evening.
– I was wearing: –
Topshop Boutique silk LBD – Topshop leather Stilleto’s – Cos metal collar (also worn here) – Zara blazer
– The British Film Institution: –
the Moet bar + delicious canapés
A beautifull shot of Divorce, Italian Style, Manolo’s favorite movie.
I took my boyfriend as +1, as he works in Fashion( for The Kooples) and as usually, we arrived fashionably late. (after some warming up wines at the Concrete Bar). The event was held at the British Film Institution in Soutbank, London, an amazing building facing the Thames. After collecting or tickets at the Harper’s Bazaar stand and passing the goodie bags, we entered the Blue Room, where the reception was hosted, EXACTLY together with mister Manolo Blahnik himself. (talking about a big entrance, huh?) As soon as we arrived at the reception, we felt how intimate and exclusive this party actually was, as we where there together with not more than 35 other very big names in Fashion and film (invites only). Luckily, the Moet champagne and Journey’s End wine flowed fluently and we were spoiled with delightful canapés, so it didn’t take to long before we felt at ease. Wandering around the venue, we had some very inspiring and motivating chats with some of the biggest people in fashion and film at the moment, and yes, even with Mister Blahnik himself. It was incredibly inspiring talking with him about the industry. I was pleasantly surprised to find out he used to be a Graphic Designer, passionate about fashion, as well. Just like my boyfriend and me. He made us see how far we can get, as longs as we’re passionate about what you do.
The whole idea of the event was to show how the fashion and the film industry are linked and influence each other in both ways. After the reception, Manolo, a film fanatic himself, showed us one of his favorite movies all times, Divorce, Italian style.
On stage with British Film icon Diana Quick, he talked about how film influenced his life and career, and when the screening started, I immediately understood Manolos love for this film. Divorce, Italian Style is an amazing, dark comedy from ’61 dealing with a still current story about a crime of passion. This all combined with incredible music and beautiful black and white imagery, created one of my new favorite movies.
I left the party with (besides a satisfied stomach, slightly tipsy feeling and goodie bag) a whole new load of inspiration and ideas, and the motivation to always follow my (fashion) dreams.
Big thanks to Harper’s Bazaar and Manolo Blahnik.