Manolo Blahnik: “You don’t have to show your status”
Mr. Blahnik, what kind of shoes are you wearing right now?
Right now, I’m wearing almost the same shoes as I was when I first started designing: two-tone shoes for summer, and two-tone shoes for winter. At that time you had those derbys in crocodile — that was the most extravagant thing. (Laughs) And I did have a pair. I’ve always loved derbys in different colors, different shapes, different materials…
Was there a very adventurous perception around men’s footwear at the time?
Yes, the men’s footwear at the time was absolute freedom. We had lovely people in the mid-eighties like David Bowie who asked for three centimeter shoes and special things like that. I’ve been doing men’s shoes, maybe six or seven pairs a year for my entire career; and the ones we had, we sell. I realized that we had people asking in all our shops about men’s shoes, so I decided to buy the shop next door and do a men’s collection. I’m like that, I take decisions in seconds! But you know something? I was doing tweed last year for women, so I did tweed for men as well, and it was very successful, which I didn’t expect it to be.
Charlie Hunnam: “I worry that I’ll get devoured”
Mr. Hunnam, would you say that your films reflect your own inner journey?
Yes and I have been aware of being on that journey for the longest time. I call it the dragon, which is a term that sort of evolved for me over the years. It’s in The Hero with A Thousand Faces. This relationship is in a way that oldest relationship that I have. My earliest memories, the most vivid early memories were glimpses of the dragon. I was conscious of his shadow from a very young age. And that’s because I grew up in Newcastle, a place that was so economically depressed, people were in a state of survival. There was something about that environment and atmosphere that I attribute to making me aware of the shadow.
So you’re scared of this dragon?
I am terrified of him! You can run from him but ultimately you are going to trip and fall — or you can turn around and fight him.