Manolo Blahnik thinks the ''maintenance'' of a person's appearance is imperative at all times.

The 75-year-old designer was born with the ''mentality'' to always make an effort with the way he looks regardless of how ''busy'' he is, and though he takes care in his looks and showers twice a day, the mogul has claimed he ''never'' makes a ''big effort'' to look ''polished''.

Speaking to ElleUK.com, the creative mastermind said: ''I was born with this mentality since a child. Maintenance is important even when you're busy. In the morning I have a quick shower, then a shower at night. There's never a big effort - I've never tried to be polished. If you have an old suit that's many years old, you must send it to the cleaners every two weeks or so. That's what you have to do. People have to pay more attention.''

But Manolo has admitted as he has got older he cares less about people's opinions of him.

He said: ''I couldn't care less about what people think about me. When you reach a certain age, you don't give a damn. I'm an old boy now. That's the truth. Reputation, fame and being well-known, those things never entered my head. As long as I don't kill people, then I'm happy with anything.''

The businessman both stars and is the subject of a new documentary 'Manolo: The Boy Who Makes Shoes For Lizards', but the star wished he was not seen in the production because he feels sick when he sees himself on screen, and he thinks he looks ''huge'' in the series after having cortisone injections in his body after he suffered a fall at his home and broke his diaphragm.

He explained: ''I would have loved not to have been pictured in it. I broke my diaphragm after I fell over in my house, and the only way of treating it was with a course of cortisone and, well, I became huge. Each ankle was like a column. The neck was like somebody's whole face.

''I wanted to be photographed just from the back, which [Michael] Roberts said he'd do, but it is what it is. I'm not happy with seeing myself on the screen. It makes me vomit. I don't want to see my stupid face again.''