September 2 2014

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Nicholas Kirkwood Sets Up Shop On Mount Street


“We felt that the time was right for the brand to open up a shop,” Nicolas Kirkwood said last night. So he did, and to judge by the crowd that flocked to London’s Mount Street for the opening, the world had been eagerly waiting. “We looked at a few places, but not that many because as soon as we saw this space we knew the search was over.” It doesn’t hurt that Mount Street could rightfully claim to be one of the planet’s chicest shopping streets: Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Lanvin, Azzaro, Balenciaga and Stephen Webster all call it home, and Stella McCartney and Matthew Williamson are kitty-corner on Bruton Street. The allure is made even more irresistible by the elegant, red brick, Queen Anne-style buildings; Kirkwood’s store itself is in a grade two listed building, which to the uninitiated, means it’s of historical interest.

The exhaustive laundry-list of attendees, on the other hand, is of contemporary interest: Freida Pinto, Roland Mouret, Katie Grand, models Tali Lennox and Sara Blomqvist, designers Roksanda Ilincic, Peter Pilotto, Messrs. Meadham and Kirchhoff, Charlotte Dellal, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and boyfriend Robert Konjic, Nick Knight, Mary Charteris… All were oohing and aahing over the space’s spectacular refit, especially the mismatched wood floors designed by artist Richard Woods, which Kirkwood describes as “block-y, random, odd-shaped”—in a word, “very different.” Displays featured Kirkwood’s Keith Haring collection (made in collaboration with the late artist’s foundation), and a show-stopping pair of thigh-high, Swarovski-crystal-encrusted roller skates. “I don’t know if anyone would wear them,” says Kirkwood, “but we will custom make them if anyone wants them.” Also glittering in crystal: his first collection of jewelry, made in collaboration with Aterlier Swarovski.

Afterwards, many of the crowd decamped to 5 Pollen Street, one of London’s best kept secrets: a restaurant with a Michelin starred chef and walls covered in Gary Hume artwork and wallpaper. There, co-hosts Nadja Swarovski and Kirkwood held a private dinner, with the likes of Dinos and Tiphaine Chapman, Shaun Leane, Mat Colishaw and Francesca Versace. A Pilotto-clad Freida Pinto (left, with Kirkwood) was decked out for the occasion in cherry-red NK sandals from Spring ’11. “I’m working on two projects, Rise of the Apes and Immortals, and in town to do a photo shoot for Interview magazine,” the actress said. But she’d made time for her footwear designer of choice. “I’ve been a fan of Nicholas’ for a long time now, and I especially love the Keith Haring collection, so that’s why I am here!” And comfortable in her five-inch peeptoes? “Yes,” she replied, with no hesitation. “Amazingly so!”

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

Charlotte Olympia’s Fall 2011 Film Noir


For the film presenting her Fall 2011 collection, Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia turned to one of her great obsessions for inspiration: Agatha Christie.

“I am a serious Agatha Christie fan, and I used certain novels and characters as a starting point,” she says of To Die For, her noirish, three-minute short, written and directed by London-based filmmaker Jam. “The film was a way to describe the collection; obviously, shoes don’t get their own runway show, so I was looking for a way to get the feel of the collection across. Of course, it is all quite tongue-in-cheek, a bit surreal, and hopefully quite sexy.” English model Portia Freeman plays the lead. “She completely embodies the Charlotte Olympia woman,” Dellal raves. “She is not just a pretty face; she has a lot of character.” And, it goes without saying, great shoes. Poirot never had footwear like this.

The film debuts at Dellal’s launch party-cum-presentation tonight, but we’ve got the first glimpse exclusively here on

Do Good With DVF And Friends, Get Your Lang Online, Dress Like Dellal, And More…


Diane von Furstenberg wants you! To vote for her DVF People’s Voice award, that is. The inspiring, do-gooding nominees for the annual award are now on the designer’s Web site. Zeinab Eyega (of the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women), Lyn Pentecost (of the Lower East Side Girl’s Club), Taryn Davis (of the American Widow Project), Susannah Shakow (of Running Start), and Malika Saada Saar (of the Rebecca Project) are all in the running. The winner will be named at the second DVF Awards in March. [DVF]

Helmut Lang’s Nicole and Michael Colovos have designed their first-ever handbag (left), and they’re kicking off the accessories’ entrée with an exclusive pre-sale on Barneys’ Facebook page starting Thursday, February 3. It beats hoofing it in the snow to Barneys for the brick-and-mortar debut on February 5. [Barneys]

The next issue of VMan—on stands on February 10—will kick off the latest VMan Ford Model search. Past searches have brought you some of the bigger recent stars of the men’s modeling world, including Aiden Andrews, AJ Abualrub, and Southern boy Petey. [VMan]

And today at British Vogue, Charlotte Dellal takes over the daily-outfit-diary reins of “Today I’m Wearing” from model Tali Lennox. For her first day, Dellal’s got on a Lindsey Thornburg dress, her own Charlotte Olympia Bowie (hmm, a trend?) striped ankle boots, a leotard from Princesse Tam Tam, and her signature red lipstick by Illamasqua. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Courtesy of Barneys

Loree Rodkin Designs For The Cause, Vacations With Cher


Loree Rodkin’s client base includes names big and bigger, but for her latest piece, the jewelry designer committed herself to giving back. She flew into London last night for the launch of “Rocks, Stones, and Metals” at Joseph, where she—along with Stephen Webster, Delfina Delettrez, Katie Hillier, and Hannah Martin—collaborated with the retailer on a curated collection sold to benefit UNICEF.

She joined a crowd that included Daphne Guinness, Alexandra Shulman, Ozwald Boateng, and Charlotte Dellal, whose mom, Andrea, was on hosting duties with Michael Roberts. The guest list might’ve wowed a lesser designer, but Rodkin is used to keeping famous company—she counts Elton John, Courtney Love, and Cher among her friends and clients. (Here in the U.S., she’s best known for designing Michelle Obama’s inauguration gems, but her first client was no slouch, either: Elizabeth Taylor.)

At the cocktail party, Rodkin (left, with Andrea Dellal) revealed that she’s been experimenting with restaurant design (with Luau in Beverly Hills), eyeglasses (“Elton’s got hundreds!”), perfumes, and candles. While in London, she tells, she’ll be “shopping at Browns, Feathers, and of course Joseph, trying to manage a facial at Harrods, and finally trying to get some rest. Last, I’m meeting my friend Cher for her London premiere of Burlesque on Monday. Then we are going on to Hawaii to switch off from all our respective traveling!” Travels with a diva? We can only imagine what bedazzled inspiration will come out of that one.

Photo: Courtesy of Joseph

Charlotte Dellal Would Rather Be Backstage


To anyone familiar with Charlotte Dellal’s body of work, it should come as no surprise that the Brit-girl shoe designer didn’t pack a single pair of flats for her two-day trip to New York this week. “These are my traveling shoes,” said Dellal with a mischievous smile, showing off a pair of her own steeply inclined black patent Charlotte Olympia platform wedges.

Dellal was in town to accept the Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent honor at the Footwear News Achievement Awards on Tuesday night, which she attended with friend Olivia Palermo, as well as celeb stylists J. Logan Horne and Tracy Cox. At breakfast the next morning, she proclaimed herself a bit out of sorts. Still, she looked typically polished in black leather shorts, a Dolce & Gabbana/Naomi Campbell Fashion for Relief T-shirt signed by the supe herself, and, of course, her signature retro-glam coif and matte red lips.

Though Dellal is a girl who considers 125 mm a mid-heel, she explained, her best seller for Spring 2011 was in fact a flat—a knotted leopard style. “Nearly every stockist bought that as their flat shoe and then chose different heels,” she said. That list of stockists newly includes Harrods and Selfridges as well as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. She also opened her own store in July in London’s Mayfair, which has served as an excellent crash course in merchandising. “I’m learning the art of buying stock at the moment,” she said. “I would have never thought we’d need so many small sizes, but we have a ton of Chinese clients who have tiny feet. My manager just e-mailed me saying, ‘We need more 35s and 36s!’ “

Dellal returns to New York in February to see Peter Som’s show, for which she’s designed the shoes for the past two seasons. But don’t expect to see her in much more than Som’s front row. “I don’t necessarily fly to New York to go to shows,” she said. “I only go to shows I’ve worked on, and Giambattista Valli who’s a friend and Valentino because I love him. I like being involved. In fact, I’d prefer to be backstage.”

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