When Rihanna collaborated with iconic shoe designer Manolo Blahnik there was no telling what direction she would have gone. A style icon in her own right, she is a chameleon when it comes to fashion and defiantly refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one look, trend or tribe. Her penchant for sartorial mash-ups was clearly seen in her first runway show for Puma where streetwear, sportswear and stilettos collided with gothic science-fiction. And there is no doubt in my mind, unlike another musician turned designer, that Rihanna would work every single one of those looks and be fierce in the process.
Just like with her partnership with Puma, her collaboration with Manolo Blahnik has achieved the same thing -though on a scale that's much more in keeping with the famed shoe designer's legacy. The collection called Denim Desserts takes classic Manolo styles and reworks them with the bad gal in mind. Pointy toe boots are reimagined into chaps using denim fabric and crystal embellishments. The Manolo Chaos sandal, a Rihanna signature shoe, has also been reworked with the same materials.
The collection was supposedly inspired by her tattoos. I'm guessing that inspo can be seen more in the embellishments than in the shoe shape itself, but who can tell when it comes to the creative mind. What I do know is it's just like Rihanna to model the most unwearable shoe in the collection for her April British Vogue cover and don't be surprised if you catch her in a few paparazzi photos in this shoe as well.
The collection hits stores in May and will come in six limited edition styles. The prices range from $895-$3,995.