Nicholas Kirkwood Goes Pop-------
Nicholas Kirkwood was in Hong Kong this week to launch his new space in On Pedder at Joyce, the city’s go-to accessories mecca. But the real excitement wasn’t about real estate—it was the sneak peek he gave of his latest collaboration, with the estate of eighties Pop artist Keith Haring.
“I watched this documentary called The Universe of Keith Haring, and though I know his style, I hadn’t seen the breadth of his work. I couldn’t stop thinking about how amazing and prolific he was and how great it would be to incorporate his graphics into my designs,” Kirkwood explained. “So I ended up approaching the Keith Haring Foundation. I had to really sell them the product, but I think they’re pretty happy with the end result.”
So are we—especially as this collection of 12 styles features the very first Nicholas Kirkwood ballerina flat, perfect for those who can’t quite pull off his androgynous lace-ups or are too practical to don his vertigo-inducing heels. The Keith Haring by Nicholas Kirkwood range will be available worldwide in February 2011, but for those who can’t wait, there’ll be a NK treat at London fashion week in September. Kirkwood will be launching an eight-day pop-up shop online, where his collaborations with Rodarte, Erdem, and Peter Pilotto will be available for pre-sale, with the promise of an early delivery to beat the shop floors. “I’m quite excited to see how sales works online,” the designer says of his first foray into direct sales. “I know a lot of other brands have done it successfully, so we’ll see how it goes.” We’re willing to bet—very, very well.