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August 23 2014

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72 posts tagged "Nicholas Kirkwood"

Seventies And Saddlery At Nicholas Kirkwood’s Pollini

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Nicholas Kirkwood’s first full collection as creative director of Pollini started with a decidedly not Kirkwood-esque flat riding boot—a tidbit of the Italian brand’s heritage—but it didn’t stay there long. “It’s inspired by this equestrian, menswear kind of detailing,” Kirkwood said. “But it’s giving it new life.”

In Kirkwood’s countryside, the Aran knit is turned into a trompe l’oeil printed suede on an open-toed sandal bootie with a gently flared and stacked heel. Hardy Blundstone-esque ankle boots are raised up on needle heels, and his signature cut-out geometric platform sandal now comes in homey brown felt backed with acid-hued leather for slivery flashes of color.

Kirkwood explained that Pollini’s heyday was in the seventies. That brought out jewel-bright suede booties and tasseled pumps, some with gold horse bits. Funnily enough, one of the biggest points of excitement from this footwear virtuoso were the bags. He’s done several styles, but chose to feature just one—a tidy shoulder bag with a smooth arc of brass hardware called the Amisse—in several different fabrications. There was a chocolate-box assortment: a perfect caramel leather along with a rainbow of suedes and classic-hued embossed croc and woven leather. It would be tough to choose just one, but seeing as they all ring in under $1,000, you don’t necessarily have to.

Photo: Courtesy of Pollini

Prabal Gurung’s Fashion Week Diary

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In the lead-up to New York fashion week, designers go through hundreds of behind-the-scenes preparations to arrive at the completed show. This NYFW, we’ve sweet-talked a few of them into giving us an exclusive peek behind the curtain as they cast, score, style, and ready their presentations. Next up: Prabal Gurung.

“It’s all about the details—the perfect draping and fit is crucial to each and every piece. I had [patternmaker] Nicolas Caito come in and work his brilliance. And the blush pink color of this dress…well, kind of makes me blush!” Continue Reading “Prabal Gurung’s Fashion Week Diary” »

Phoebe Philo Wins Designer Of The Year
At British Fashion Awards

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Tonight in London, the British Fashion Awards honored the best and brightest in the world of London style. Nick Knight screened a new fashion film to honor the late Alexander McQueen, winner of the BFC Outstanding Achievement Award in Fashion Design, and Celine’s Phoebe Philo (left) took home the prize for British Designer of the Year. English/Dutch model Lara Stone was named Model of the Year, and reluctant It girl Alexa Chung earned the British Style Award, which is decided by popular vote and “recognizes an individual who embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital.”

The full list of winners is below, and check back with us for our full report from the evening’s festivities.

BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design: Lee Alexander McQueen
Designer of the Year: Phoebe Philo for Celine
Menswear Designer of the Year: Patrick Grant for E. Tautz
Accessory Designer of the Year: Nicholas Kirkwood
Designer Brand of the Year: Mulberry
Model of the Year: Lara Stone
Emerging Talent Award, Ready-to-Wear: Meadham Kirchhoff
Emerging Talent Award, Accessories: Husam El Odeh
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Nicola Formichetti
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
Special Recognition Award: Naomi Campbell
Digital Innovation Award: Burberry

Photo: Courtesy of Celine

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Leighton In Lace

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At last night’s Harry Winston “Court of Jewels” launch, Leighton Meester got enviably decked in diamonds—a Winston three-row diamond necklace, Cluster earrings, and Loop bracelet, to be exact. But even with jewels lavish enough for a crown princess, Meester was channeling a pretty contemporary court. She chose a sheer lace Marchesa jumpsuit with a plunging neckline, worn with peep-toe suede Nicholas Kirkwood heels and a deep fuchsia lip. Leave it to Leighton—never shy on the red carpet—to combine glamour with a little grrr. We like it. Do you?

Photo: Courtesy of Marchesa

Creature Comfort

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One of the great pleasures, in our humble opinion, of the end of fashion month—besides the much-deserved nap, of course̵is going through all of Tommy Ton’s street-style pics to see who wore what, when, and where. Here in the office, we’re agog over the Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto De Stijl-style heels with tie-dye socks, Catherine Baba’s endless collection of turbans, the predominance of Prada’s pre-fall camo prints, the models still in their runway makeup. But this gremlin purse (above) may be the most surprising thing we’ve seen throughout the whole crazy month—which is surely deserving of a tip of the hat. Needless to say, the complete TT slideshow is well worth a long and considered reflection.

Photo: Tommy Ton