Nicholas Kirkwood Spring 2013
Label: Nicholas Kirkwood
Need to know: Crazy colors, wild patterns, and sky-high heels are what we’ve come to expect from London-based shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. He offered all this and more in his Spring collection, which was inspired by waves. His oceanic theme was apparent in snakeskin gladiator sandals with mirrored resin heels. Instead of going the typical “urban warrior” route, the designer reinterpreted the popular style into something more feminine, using fluid, swirling baroque shapes (not unlike rippling waves) instead of typical straps. Crests splashed over the sides of electric blue, orange, or yellow pumps and sandals in metallic leather and suede. Kirkwood also translated his beachy-inspiration into graphic plastic fan heels, and the metal toecaps on quirky, demure flats mimicked a wave shape. Printed watersnake sandals seemingly inserted into open-toe Mary Janes were a clever take on classic footwear, and the iridescent epoxy resin beads on a range of snakeskin sandals felt particularly aquatic. The designer also introduced a 55mm heel into his collection for the first time, showing it on pointy chevron-printed neon pumps. “It’s a way to get that height that people want without being so mumsy,” explained Kirkwood. “A low heel can still be cool. And it can be young, too.”
He says: “I became a little obsessed with waves this season. We’ve done them in multiple colors and forms. And I was feeling more of a closed-up silhouette, something that’s feminine but not too girly.”
Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and in Nicholas Kirkwood stores.