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July 25 2014

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Nicholas Kirkwood’s New Digs: 1,500 Square Feet Of Shoes And A Garden To Boot

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Two days before the opening of his New York store—his first on U.S. soil—Nicholas Kirkwood is talking by phone from the space, which, from the sound of it, is still very much a construction site. The 1,500-square-foot store, with its white, gray, and beige palette and minimal decor, will have, he says, “a charming feeling. It’s all very easy on the eye. It’s hopefully a relaxing kind of shopping experience.” Behind him, a very loud horn blares. “A boat?” he wonders with a laugh. (The Hudson River is a block away.)

If he isn’t able to relax just yet, it’s easy to believe relief is coming soon. Kirkwood is arguably the most exciting new footwear designer of the last few years, and his New York location is poised to be a major new outpost for his brand. The store is designed to emphasize space: “I like the idea of doing something else that you can kind of walk around and explore it,” he says. “It kind of has a gallery-esque feeling, without being quite as cold as a gallery.” (The reference is apt; the new, downtown site of the Whitney Museum will be just across the street when it opens. “That’s going to be absolutely fantastic,” he says.)

The store will sell the full Kirkwood collection, as well as a selection of collaborations with other designers, including Peter Pilotto, Erdem, and Paco Rabanne, at the opening; other collaborations, like the shoes he makes for Prabal Gurung, will eventually arrive. Just outside, and visible through the back windows, is a garden. “The luxury of having a garden in New York is quite special,” he says. For the opening, Cecilia Dean and Anne Christensen will host a private tea party; customer events will likely follow.

The store debuts with an opening party on Friday night, once every tile and display is in place. Is Kirkwood swinging a hammer himself, a reporter wonders? “I might do,” Kirkwood deadpans, “if they don’t hurry up.”

Nicholas Kirkwood opens Friday, May 4, at 807 Washington St., NYC, www.nicholaskirkwood.com.

Photos: John Aquino

The Models Hit The Hamptons, Victoria Beckham Takes The Wheel, And More…

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Looking for the models this Fourth of July? Try the Hamptons. Ginta Lapina (left), Hilary Rhoda, Tiiu Kuik, and Eniko Mihalik will all be on Long Island, while Doutzen heads for Holland and Alexandra Richards home to Connecticut. (Pity poor Jacquelyn Jablonski—she’ll be working Couture in Paris.) [Modelinia]

Victoria Beckham knows a thing or two (or three) about luxury, so we guess from that vantage point, her new appointment as a “creative design executive” for Range Rover makes sense. [WWD]

Get your sneak peek at the costumes from the new season of Mad Men—and a peek beneath them. No surprise here: Sultry secretary Joan Holloway stays on message all the way down to her lacy, jewel-toned slip. [Racked]

Rumored yesterday, confirmed today. Anne Christensen has resigned her post at T; new EIC Sally Singer is officially on the hunt for her replacement. [WWD]

Photo: Greg Kessler/FirstView.com

Tory Hits Seoul, DVF Hits Vienna, Stefano Rides In Style, And More…

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Tory Burch has opened her largest store to date—in Seoul. South Korea, brace for Reva fever in 5, 4, 3, 2… [WWD]

Jean Paul Gaultier, Paul Smith, Giorgio Armani, and Vivienne Westwood are among the designers who have signed up to costume Snow White and the Seven Designers, a pantomime show that hits London this October. The seven designers of the title—Dapper, Snappy, Snazzy, Natty, Classy, Dizzy, and Taupey—will fight, according to Vogue U.K., “ugly interiors.” Taupey to the rescue! [Vogue U.K.]

Diane von Furstenberg may be headed to Vienna for this year’s Life Ball, but she’s bringing a touch of NYC with her. She’s arranged for Radio City’s Rockettes to perform at the fête, clad in DVF rompers from her recent Resort collection (pictured). [WWD]

More intrigue at T: New editor in chief Sally Singer is said to be bringing in her own fashion director, a perceived slight to longtime T staffer (and former editor in chief candidate) Anne Christensen. [Gatecrasher]

And thank God for Twitter, without which we might never know that Stefano Gabbana is now riding around town on a brand-new leopard-print Vespa. [@giampaolosgura via Refinery29]

Photo: Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Blasblog: From Paris, Ups And Downs On Day One

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The first full day of shows in Paris had its ups and downs. The up, in my opinion, was Christophe Decarnin’s Balmain show. On a runway atop the Ritz’s pool, he showed an entire disco of the brightest, shiniest, big-shoulder-est cocktail dresses—a crystal dream. Or as one editor put it, a “crystal meth” dream, because you couldn’t sleep with that kind of sparkle in your closet. Equally exciting was the soundtrack of dance hits—when was the last time you heard “Thriller” open a show?—but later that evening the night hit a more somber note: Olivier Theyskens’ alleged last collection for Nina Ricci. “It was like my worst nightmares and best dreams come to life,” Milla Jovovich said of the collection, specifying that the dresses were the dream and that the shoes—towering cutout platforms—sent a shiver down her spine at the thought of taking a turn in them on the catwalk. The consensus after the show was the same: If you’ve gotta go, leave them wanting more. When he took his bow, the Times‘ Anne Christensen stood up and offered Theyskens a standing ovation. “I wish I had the confidence to do that,” someone said of her one-woman show of support. “The guy deserves it. He’s a genius.”