"Some people just use beautiful things to just shop or to have a tribal feeling - 'Oh, blah, blah, blah, I'm wearing Hermes blah, blah, blah, I'm wearing Saint Laurent blah-blah blah' - because it's like a need, a tribe, recognition: 'Ahh, my Rolex.' But I run away from anything which is too recognizable - it's my nature."
"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."Manolo Blahnik on Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."Manolo Blahnik on Anais Nin
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."Manolo Blahnik on Albert Einstein
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."Manolo Blahnik on e. e. cummings
"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."Manolo Blahnik on Abraham Lincoln
"You put high heels on and you change."
"If I was a woman, I would be dressed in the same thing for a month and just change my hat and gloves. Maybe my shoes too yes, I see what you mean but, really, it's jewels that change an outfit."
"I just don't get death at all. Yes, it's there. But I don't get it."
"About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs."
"I hate these platforms that are all over the place today they are all about grabbing attention. They are suburban! I never do a platform. Well, I did, in the 1970s, but that was a bad experience."