Nicholas Kirkwood: Mixologist
Good things rarely come of mixing high heels and cocktails. But when combined by Nicholas Kirkwood, the two make a tasty couple. Last night at his Mount Street flagship, the London-based shoe designer launched “The Chambord,” a collaborative pair of limited-edition holiday pumps inspired by the brand’s black raspberry liqueur.
Gwendoline Christie, Princess Julia, Peter Pilotto, Valentine Fillol-Cordier, and more dropped by Kirkwood’s Christmas fête to check out the festive ruby red and gold cocktail-themed shoes. And, of course, to enjoy a glass (or two) of holiday cheer.
2012 has been a big year for Kirkwood, what with shoeing the Victoria’s Secret Angels and winning the BFC’s Accessory Designer of the Year award. And he has his sights set high for 2013. The new year will see Kirkwood open a shop at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, launch a handbag range, and, at long last, debut his men’s line. So how will crafting gents’ kicks differ from designing for the ladies? “We’ll find out,” said Kirkwood. “I’m visiting a factory for men’s shoes tomorrow, where I intend to learn the ins and outs. I am expecting it will be a very cool journey.”