Nicholas Kirkwood’s Spring Escape-------
Nicholas Kirkwood has never been to Morocco, but for Spring ’14, he’s in a Marrakech state of mind. High-perched styles include lacy, laser-cut leathers and raffia heels in bright orange with fuchsia details that play with a cool seventies sports feel, while a new line of super-soft moccasins in hot colors seems to point to bright horizons. But the designer’s not headed for sunny climes anytime soon: “The industry doesn’t really let you do that anymore—as soon as I’m done with this collection, I’m already late for pre-collection!” That and Kirkwood’s newly signed partnership with LVMH (“They’re the best partner you could dream of,” he said) will keep him plenty busy. On the agenda: more staff, more shops, and more smart day options, like his first thong sandal and a cork-sole moccasin that picks up on elements of the men’s collection. He’s also gearing up to “capture fashion in midheight”—to that end, he has just secured the patent to his signature triangular heel. The blowout vacation will just have to wait.