Manolo Blahnik and Bulgari Collaborate on Bejeweled Shoes

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MILAN — Manolo Blahnik and Bulgari codesigned an exclusive pair of shoes to be showcased in the upcoming Spanish leg of the “Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes” exhibition. Running from Nov. 28 to March 8 at the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas in Madrid, the retrospective celebrates the renowned shoemaker’s career, spanning 46 years, and his work as a form of art. Hosted by Vogue Spain and cosponsored by Bulgari, the exhibition will debut an exclusive bejeweled pair of shoes alongside the wide range of over 200 historic styles and 80 sketches displayed at the show. Blahnik and Bulgari’s jewelry creative director Lucia Silvestri designed the pair of lime green, silk satin pumps, embellished with contrasting pink and purple gems on the ankle straps. Inspired by Bulgari’s high jewelry “Festa” collection necklace, which was released earlier this year, the detailing lines up 11.41-carat diamonds, 48.61-carat rubellites and 38.19-carat amethysts cut in the shape of chili peppers. Blahnik enthused about the embellishment, calling it “divine and perfectly complimented of the zesty green satin.” “It has been an honor to work with such an iconic brand with a wonderful Italian heritage,” he continued, adding that both share “the same vision and creativity to produce beautiful things

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