Images via Vogue.com
I know that we haven’t yet seen what the powerhouse designers of Milan and Paris have to offer, but I’m going to go ahead and make a bold prediction: Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem Fall 2012 is going to be my favorite shoe collection of the season. Kirkwood and Erdem have worked together for several seasons, and the way that the two designers marry Erdem’s masterfully modern prints with Kirkwood’s edgy footwear as basically unrivaled.
This collection in particular makes me want to get out my credit card now in anticipation of the coming pre-orders. The way that the lucite heel structure makes the body of the shoe appear to float above the blocky heel itself is both beautiful and achingly contemporary. With a collection as strong as Erdem’s, it would be easy to let the footwear fall back to a relatively neutral counterpoint; that we get these kinds of challenging, fresh designs instead is a credit to all involved.