Try as I might, I’m not quite sure where to go with these preview pictures of some of the styles from Manolo Blahnik Spring 2011. We all know that Blahnik famously regards platforms as demode, which means that he has been on the outs with the rest of the fashion industry for a couple of years now. But now that trend leaders like Prada are starting to swing back toward the pointed-toe, platformless pumps that made Blahnik famous during the heady days of Sex and the City, does the old master still have it?
These pictures don’t go a long way toward answering that question. Although Blahnik has proved himself occasionally brilliant in the interim (who can forget the blue silk shoe from the first SATC move?), some of the flights of fantasy in these designs make me wish that someone as irreverent as Christian Louboutin or whimsical as Brian Atwood had been at the helm of this ship instead. Hopefully the entirety of the collection will outshine what we see here.
Photos via Style.com.