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A Fun Interview with Manolo Blahnik

Raised on a banana plantation in the Canary Islands, the exuberant Blahnik clacked onto the set of Sex & the City into Household-Name status on the heels of Carrie Bradshaw, and, at 68, works more today than he did 30 years ago.


For their February 2011 issue, HEMISPHERES snagged a fun interview with the personable - & hardworking! - shoe designer. Here are some highlights -



On toe cleavage -
'I think it's more exciting and sensual ... Before me, there was no toe cleavage at all.'



On becoming a shoe designer -
'Things happen by accident. But now I love what I do, and I can't live without it.'



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Cinematic Tales of Femme Fatales From Miu Miu!

Set in London's chichi Claridges hotel, 'The Powder Room' is the first in a series of short films by female filmmakers with different intellectual backgrounds and a distinct love of Miu Miu. Directed by Zoe Cassavetes (Broken English), the premiere piece takes place in an ultra-feminine environment where gestures between women are traded in a ritual of opulent beauty and romantic 'codes' - which mirror everything we all already adore about the luxury of the Miu Miu universe.


'I love the idea of a powder room, the ritual which takes place within them is very important for women,' explains Cassavetes about her somewhat mysterious narrative mosaic. 'The story is about women and their private moments, so it's allowed to be free and dream ... the dreamy part was the most fun. And the glamour.'



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Lauren Hutton - Fabulous Fashion Fairy Godmother

From working with Richard Avedon and Diana Vreeland, to starring in Tom Ford's recent fashion show, longtime uber-model Lauren Hutton has enjoyed one of the fashion industry's most enduring careers.


'I became a model to see the world, to make enough money to travel and experience other cultures,' she explains in the February issue of Harper's Bazaar. 'I knew I had to get to New York to get to Africa.'


And with a career spanning almost five decades and well into her mid-60s, she posed for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's 2008 lookbook.


'I think I was 64 at the time and they were 22. I thought that was fantastically hip. I did it, and they paid me in clothes, which is great,' she notes, showing off the jeans and workmans shirt she's wearing - both from the Row.


Adds Ashley, 'She stays true to herself. I think that's what's reflected in her photographs,' says Ashley, to which M-K adds - 'She took a chance on a brand that no one knew just because she liked it. We think of her as our fairy godmother.'



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Structurally Streamlined Bags from GRETCHEN

Emphasizing sassy sculptural silhouettes, the German-born designer behind Gretchen, Anne-Christin Hofmann, creates geometrically-shaped bags in luscious leathers that are loaded with carefully thought-out details.


Her knack for ace accessories is probably due to her somewhat 'unfair' advantage - she grew up in the warm, leathery embrace of her family's leather-goods store, Otto Kessler, playing hide-and-seek with her brother in between the piles of skins and shelves filled with finished accessories.


And as a teen with a talent for sketching and a growing interest in design, her nappa leather & ponyskin glove quickly became one of Otto Kessler's runaway best-sellers of the year.



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Kim Kardashian In Tom Ford On The Cover Of Glamour!

For Glamour's 'Guy' Issue, they invited the prettiest member of the Kardashian clan to grace the cover, in cute Tom Ford pajamas, a La Perla bra, a Sarah Chloe ring, and one of the magazine's own horseshoe charm-necklaces.


She also rocks a Dolce bustier and skirt combo, and a goddess-inspired Marc Jacobs frock. Photographed by Terry Tsiolis on her 30th birthday, she dishes on dating ('It's easier to just be single and not have a relationship. How do you get to know someone on a reality show? Some people think that they can handle it, and then they really can't.'), being a sex symbol and posing for Playboy ...



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A Fancy Handmade Lee Alexander McQueen Couture Visionaire 58 Spirit

Inspired by one of McQueen's final designs, this special 'Couture' edition of Visionaire 58 features an ivory-toned Italian leather case with gold-foil custom detailing and hand-embroidered metalized brocade covering the entire top and spine.


Reminscent of a small old-school religious altar, it's simultaneously fabulous and - stratospherically-priced at $1750 - ridiculous ... which of course means we're massively coveting one. Oh, you too? Better act fast as they're only on sale through December 31 at VisionaireWorld.com and very few remain.



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Glamourous Red & Gold Shoot From Harper's Bazaar China

Combining red with gold always makes us think of Bollywood Glitz or elegant Asian glam - which we think photographer Benjamin Kanarek captured perfectly in "The Gold Rush" for the January 2011 issue of the magazine.


China, in both politics and fashion, are making a statement and this photo shoot captures the power and beauty. See more of these glamorous pages by clicking over to our friends at FashionTribes!

FashionTribes - Bold Hued Tights And How To Wear Them (For Less!)

Whether you're trying to eek just a bit more wear out of those floaty floral frocks from summer/fall, step out in your peep-toes after the mercury's started to seriously dip, or just wanna stay warm, few items up the sass factor of a frock or skirt like statement hosiery.


Exhibit A - A-list runways like Rodarte, Gucci, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs & Chanel - all of which showed creative takes on statement legwear. And while we're more than fond of Falke & Fogal, not to mention wonky for Wolford €¦ the prices? Eh, not so much.


Instead, check out Coccolare - Italian for 'to pamper' - where you can snag (but not literally!) high-end hosiery (that doesn't snag) direct from boutique Italian manufacturers at seriously shocking prices.



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Marion Cotillard as Lady Dior in the London Installment of the Mysterious Ad Campaign

The Lady has played the Femme Fatale in Paris, armed with a chic black Lady Dior bag - which, apparently, gives a girl superpowers, given Cotillard's balancing precariously atop the Eiffel Tower in towering heels - in a short directed by Olivier Dahan; a singer in NYC with a red Lady Dior (Jonas Akerlund); and reciting poetry in Shanghai, mysterious handsome admirer in tow & blue Lady Dior well in hand (David Lynch). Now, she (the bag) surfaces in a fitting shade of grey in London as she (the actress) transforms the life of two men. John Cameron Mitchell directs, and all promises to be (somewhat) revealed on December 8, 2010 at LadyDior.com.



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FashionTribes - Can't Dress Like Anna Dello Russo? Smell Like Her!

After the success of her special edition t-shirt collection which flew off the Yoox.com shelves in an Internet minute (okay, 180 of them), the bella darling of the streetfashion blogs and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan has now created an eponymous fragrance ... just in time for the gift giving season! Available starting in early December only at Yoox.com, the juice - created in collaboration with the prestigious perfumery Firmenich - is designed to call to mind both sweet treats and 'primary' sensations.


'The essence of vanilla mixed with almond creates a scent inspired by the memories and the flavors of childhood, the wholesome smell of warm cookies coming from Grandma's kitchen on Christmas Eve', explains the online style sensation. 'They will tell you, 'you smell so good that I want to eat you!''


Bottled in a glamorous golden slipper-shaped bottle that is molto reminscent of a romantic fairytale, once you've spritzed your way to the bottom, the lusciously shiny shoe can then be hung as a memento on your holiday tree.