Manolo Blahnik held his first ever men’s presentation at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London on Monday, a space the designer loves.
The men’s looks include colorful takes on classic men’s styles: lace-up oxfords, suede sandals, bowed loafers and desert boots. Much of the offering also has a squared-toe focus, which propels a rethinking of the stigma around the often-tricky silhouette.
“I love my new square last. Maybe I’m going against the trend and maybe they won’t sell, but I’m going to do what I want to do,” said Blahnik a few weeks ago. “We have the best people in Italy making these shoes. You won’t find better quality.”
Though the primary-colored leathers made the styles stand out, the shoes feature mostly subtle updates, such as hiker-style lacing on the leather ankle boots or kiltie loafers with broguing detail.
Known for his whimsical touches, the designer also added finishing details such as olive green cap toes and mesh leather uppers.
Blahnik said he had always made a few pairs of men’s styles for himself and his friends. But when retailers started asking for them on a larger scale, he decided to expand the collection.
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