J Crew and Manolo Blahnik announce they are NOT doing a fall collaboration after all (for now that is)
17:16 GMT, 27 April 2012
They are like an on-again-off-again couple that you hope eventually stays together, but Jenna Lyons and Manolo Blahnik are keeping us guessing.
The beloved clothing chain, J Crew, and perennial shoe designer who teamed up for Ms Lyons' much lauded fall show, were thought to be collaborating on a shoe collection according to announcements made in February.
But now a spokesman for Manolo Blahnik has dashed the dreams of his budget conscious uber-fans by confirming that the proposed joint venture will not be going ahead as hoped.
Heel's hoping! J Crew and Manolo Blahnik have announced they will not be collaborating on a fall shoe collection after all but that doesn't mean they won't in the future
The disappointing statement read: 'We were looking forward to the potential collaboration between our two brands, we both came to the conclusion that fall wasn’t the right time.
'We hope to do something together in the future.'
But the news is an ambiguous ending to a series of befuddling Chinese whispers.
In February, Ms Lyons, the creative director of J Crew, had announced that she and the footwear icon would be joining forces for a fall collaboration.
He said she said: Jenna Lyons originally announced the partnership which Mr Blahnik then said he had no idea about
To which, as in a game of 'he said, she said', Mr Blahnik was then reported to have responded he had heard nothing about..
At a Liberty store event in London he told a Vogue reporter: 'I was recently contacted by J Crew to do something with them, so I sent them over 45 pairs of shoes, and they announced we were doing a collaboration.
'I had no idea about it!'
Following the slight embarrassment, Ms Lyons later told The Daily: 'We are in a good place with [Manolo Blahnik] now. Everything's okay.'
But now in a mysterious turn of events, the deal has once again been put on the back burner.
The message emerging from J Crew headquarters is that the break-up is due to 'wholesale production constraints' on the shoe designer's end.
But whatever the truth and whatever the future of such a collaboration, for now at least, if you want a pair of Mr Blahnik's perfect pumps, you just have to keep saving.