Manolo Blahnik to be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at next week’s British Fashion Awards

Manolo Blahnik British Fashion Awards

Manolo Blahnik British Fashion Awards

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After an almost 40-year career in fashion, Manolo Blahnik is set to receive a special award from the British Fashion Council next week.

The highly influential footwear designer will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s British Fashion Awards to be held next Tuesday, November 27. The award, which is the most significant of the evening, recognizes a designer who throughout their career has made an important impact on the fashion industry around the world. In the past, the award— voted for by a panel of leading industry journalists and retailers—has previously been given to the likes of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood.

About receiving the award Blahnik said, “To be recognized for doing something I love is really wonderful.”

Manolo Blahnik is definitely no stranger to award and acclaim. At the British Fashion Awards, he has been named Accessory Designer of the Year three times throughout his career, and in 2007 was awarded the prestigious title of Commander of the British Empire for his work in the British fashion industry. His work was also recognized by the Design Museum in London with a 2003 retrospective of his work and numerous sketches that he uses to begin his design process.

His influence and signature aesthetic have made his shoes one of the most sought after brands in the world, and have been worn by everyone from Michelle Obama to Rihanna, and were of course famously favoured by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Blahnik’s shoes have been commonly recognized in the fashion world by first name only—“Manolos”—which has made his name synonymous with high-end footwear and luxury around the world for decades.

With no plans of slowing down after receiving this award, Blahnik is set to work with the British Fashion Council in February 2013 where he will contribute to London Fashion Week, and will have designs on display at Somerset House in hopes to further make London one of the world’s most fashion-forward cities.