Monday, August 23, 2010
BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS - Why Blahniks?
Happy Monday, All!
Time for a new "Behind and Beyond My Books" post.
Last week, I launched this new blog series to give readers the scoop on the 'Why's' behind each of my storylines. I'm giving you the insider's peek at how authors choose their topics, plus letting you in on a little writer's secret...sometimes the topics choose us.
For me, it's a bit of each, tossed together to create fun and fabulous, farcical, romcom adventures. I take topics I enjoy and ask quirky, LOL 'what if's'.
Today's question: Why Blahniks?
As you know by now, from my inaugural "Behind and Beyond My Books" post, me and my muses The Carrie Squad simply luuuvvv boots and bootscootin'!!! But c'mon now...we love bootscootin'...in Blahniks?!
As in - Manolo Blahniks - the fabulous, but potentially lethal when dancing, queen of all stilettos?!
Well...I'm blaming this completely on my muses as a perfect example of a topic choosing the author.
'Cause my muses The Carrie Squad - remember they are named after fashionista goddess Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and The City fame - gotta have their Blahniks. And yes, as in Manolo Blahniks.
My fetish may be boots and bootscootin'. But The Carrie Squad is about all-things-Manolo Blahnik.
Here are some sexy, sassy, smart tidbits on Shoe King Manolo Blahnik and why he was the perfect fit of inspiration for my BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS' heroine, apparel designer Roxy Rae Vaughn:
1. Manolo Blahnik has dominated all-things-shoe-design since he set-up his shop in London in the early 1970's.
2. Like my Roxy Rae, Manolo works alone without assistants or apprentices, and is solely responsible for the design of every one of the thousands of shoes that bear his label.
3. Manolo and Roxy Rae grew-up with the best of Paris fashion literally at their fingertips as both their parents were deeply involved in patronizing old school haut couturier as well as new, avant garde designers.
4. Both Manolo and Roxy struggled to make ends meet when starting out by working in vintage clothes stores - Manolo in a not-so-trendy Paris shop and Roxy Rae in a tractor supply store in Nashville TN (Okay...so as the author, I stretched the comparison a bit here...I know what you're thinkin'...Paris and TN?!...but it works...and wow does Nashville have some fabulous, unique boutiques!).
5. British Vogue said of Manolo's shoe designs, "If you're buying (his) shoes, employ a sense of humour." That's exactly the philosophy Roxy Rae uses for all her collections...especially her signature Buckles Me Baby belt-buckle lines.
6. Manolo's designs are always stamped with his signature style and eclectic passions - a mixture of avant garde and re-worked classics. That's Roxy's every design. Her Raeve boutique customers might be buying just a belt-buckle. But they ain't seen nothin' til they see one of Roxy's Buckles Me Baby buckles.
7. Every Blahnik shoe begins from a hand-drawn design of Manolo's that he usually creates from his home in Bath or his London office. In BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS, we often see Roxy working on her sketch pads in her home studio or in the backroom of Raeve.
8. Madonna once said that a Manolo Blahnik shoe is "better than sex...and it lasts longer". BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS is full of great shoes (and boots), great apparel designs, and great sex too!!!
***Note: Thanks to http://designmuseum.org for some of the above scoop!
How's that for some fun and fabulous "Behind and Beyond My Books" tidbits?!
There's a ton more all-things-Manolo Blahnik thru-out my debut novel BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS. (Hint: There's a big 'ole Louisiana crocodile that Manolo and Roxy Rae have a shared interest in too. Fun stuff!!!)
To Go-Manolo...and Bootscootin' with me and my Carrie Squad, here are the links to BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS:
Amazon’s Kindle Link
So there you have it...BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS - Why Blahniks?
Next time here at "Behind and Beyond My Books", we're going total CMT Country with a behind the page peek at 'Why Nashville TN?'
Sexy Sassy Smart BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS Wishes --- D. D. Scott
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