“Flattered but inappropriate” was the reaction Gareth Pugh gave when his name was suggested as the successor to the late Alexander McQueen’s label. “There have been so many rumours. How many jobs can one person do? To be honest with you, I thought that the McQueen thing was a little in bad taste with the circumstances surrounding that. It is vaguely flattering but obviously the inappropriateness did rather take over,” Pugh, in Florence to make his Italian debut with Pitti, told Vogue.
“I met him a couple of times but I didn’t know him as a person, I never worked with him. They obviously have a very specific way of working there and Sarah Burton worked with him for a long, long time and to be given that role and responsibility is a tough one.”
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Manolo Blahnik has proclaimed that his shoes have saved couples from marital trouble.
“The male reaction to heels is half normal and half perversion, but some men tell me I’ve saved their marriage,” he says. “The first thing men look at are a woman’s legs, and there is nothing more flattering than high heels.”
The footwear legend, whose shoes are worn by all from Sarah Jessica Parker to Naomi Campbell, admits that he has little interest in the world of celebrity.
“It’s not the vulgarity of it – vulgarity’s ok and bad taste is ok too, sometimes – although when all those football people buy your shoes…Really I’m not interested in all that.”
Who does Blahnik think has worn his designs best?
“Princess Diana was special. She wore my shoes with such grace and had a luminosity I’ve only seen matched by Julie Christie. Maybe Kate Moss has something of that too, now, because she’s funny as well as being beautiful, but really the whole celebrity phenomenon is only of importance because it makes you money.”