Colouring with Manolo Blahnik
Colouring is something we can to do while watching Netflix, Amazon Prime or our usual terrestrial channels. We are multi-taskers after all! It is already a few years since “colouring for Adults” became a trend that has proved to be very popular within the fashion crowd. Adult colouring books are therapeutic, fun and can bring out the creative in you.
There may be many benefits such as improving your mood, enhancing mindfulness, increase your dexterity whilst reducing mental health stress during these days of Corona lockdowns.
It doesn’t matter if you keep within the lines or stray, it’s the act of colouring, the pleasure of doing something with your hands, while Vogue Italia is reacting to the coronavirus pandemic with a special issue, featuring for the first time in the history of the magazine, a totally white cover which you can be filled in by it’s readers.
Manolo and Kristina Blahnik are contributing the chicest colouring book imaginable into the mix as part of the company’s SMILE project, launched last year. “Smiling has many proven health benefits and we wanted to share some of what we have found is helping us,” writes Kristina from her dining room-turned–home office in Sussex.
Blahnik, that magician of shoes whose creations filled Carrie Bradshaw’s closet, has selected the shoe drawings available to download and colour by yourself. Yes, there are some of his famously slender stilettos. “I chose sketches which are very personal to me and meaningful, in light of such an important cause,” the designer explains.
Currently in residence in Bath, Blahnik is maintaining his longstanding practice of drawing every day. “Everything starts with a sketch!” he exclaims via email. “Sketching is the act of me drawing my imagination.” His drawings are indeed fantastical, with whooshing, fluid lines, that give energetic form—and personality—to shoes that delight and tell stories.
Download one of Manolo Blahnik’s coloring pages on https://www.manoloblahnik.com/gb/smile.html for the full selection or better still, go to our Mashaalla fashion colour book and enjoy painting with your fingers on your pad or smartphone. And don’t forget to post with the tag #ManoloBlahnikSmile and it would be amazing if you could mention us @mashaalla.mag 🙂