August 20 2014

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Blasblog: Lauren Santo Domingo Squires Shoemaker Nicholas Kirkwood At The Smile


When Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo saw the first collaboration between London cobbler Nicholas Kirkwood and the Rodarte girls, her interest was piqued. Then his over-the-knee lace-up gloggers stomped down the Mulleavy sisters’ Fall runway, and she decided it was time: “We have to meet this guy, I said to myself.” She figured a few of her fashionable friends felt the same way, which is how the lunch she hosted for Kirkwood at the new restaurant The Smile yesterday came together. Santo Domingo gathered a good mix of downtowners (Pamela Love, Dree Hemingway, Joseph Altuzarra) and uptowners (Fabiola Beracasa, Shoshanna Gruss, Dr. Lisa Airan) for smoked salmon and ham and Gruyère sandwiches, but all anyone wanted to do was talk about teetering heels. “These are my favorites,” said Sophia Hesketh, wearing sky-high black shoes that Kirkwood had given her years ago when they were school friends. “You might not think ponyskin platforms with pearls in the heels would come in handy so often, but they have!” While some pondered the pitfalls of a studded stiletto or how to pour themselves into an over-the-knee boot, there was a more serious option: Downstairs from the restaurant is renowned tattoo artist Scott Campbell’s parlor, where the day before—Mother’s Day—he had given 14 “Mom” tattoos. That got Santo Domingo thinking about her first tat, maybe her LSD initials in a psychedelic font? “Or, why not get a shoe? I could probably come up with something,” Kirkwood volunteered. In the end, his hostess passed on any permanent inking.



Photo: Derek Blasberg


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