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These Boots Were Made For Buying


If you need any evidence that Nicholas Kirkwood is London fashion week’s go-to cobbler, look no further than the display he’s set up at LFW’s Somerset House headquarters. After every show in which a Kirkwood shoe appears, a pair is added to the installation—at last count, half a dozen pairs. But fans can rejoice that one new pair will be available off the runway, too: the collaborative Kirkwood-Erdem boots that debuted at Erdem’s show yesterday will be sold to stores, making them only the second NK collab (after his designs for Rodarte) made available to the public.

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Preen Breaks Into The Boys’ Club


Womenswear has been borrowing more and more from menswear of late, and for their latest collection, Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi went after big game, sartorially speaking: They’ve commissioned tailoring from the historic Savile Row house Gieves & Hawkes, which has until now only produced menswear. According to G&H head of design Frederik Willems, the Preen garments were built off menswear blocks and reworked to female-friendly specs. Preen is planning to feature six to eight of the collaborative pieces (like the preview sketch, left) at tomorrow’s show, accessorized with the womanliest of womenswear: Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.

Nicholas, Chloé, Ann, And More Take On Alice


Last week, we previewed a sketch of Nicholas Kirkwood’s Alice in Wonderland-inspired heels, made on commission for the French department store Printemps, which is giving over its windows to all things Alice through March. (Sad to say, they’re window-only—you’ll have to find another pair to wear to the theater.) For the installation, Kirkwood is joined by Ann Demeulemeester, Alexander McQueen, Bernhard Willhelm, Charles Anastase, Christopher Kane, Chloé, Haider Ackermann, Manish Arora, and Maison Martin Margiela, each of whom were given a window to fill as they saw fit. The windows went up this week in Paris. Below, takes a tour through the various Wonderlands and asks a few of the participating designers and design teams about their trip there.

The windows are on view through March 14 at Printemps, 64 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, 33-1-42-82-57-87,

“I think my favorite Alice character is the March Hare. You can see I’ve made his watch rather prominent. This was a different design process for me, because I’m not usually so applicative—typically, I’m thinking about line, silhouette. But this time, I figured, why not just pile as much as I can on top?” —Nicholas Kirkwood

“I went to John Tenniel’s original illustration of Alice for inspiration. She’s seated at a table having tea, and her dress looks much more asymmetrical and theatrical than that boring Walt Disney version. It was also an auto-reference to my collections, as Lewis Carroll’s work has been one of the main inspirations of my label since its creation. Alice Liddell, the real little girl with long dark hair who inspired Carroll, is one of the very few icons that I have. The pictures of her are a constant inspiration for me.” —Charles Anastase
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Alice In France, Two Centuries of Smythson (Or Whatever You Want!), And More​


We’ve documented the U.S. invasion, but Alice mania has now taken Europe, too. Paris’ Printemps is dedicating its windows to Wonderlandiana from February 1 to March 13, with special dresses designed for the occasion by Haider Ackermann, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, and Maison Martin Margiela, and special shoes from Nicholas Kirkwood (pictured).

Fellow Euro retailer Net-a-Porter is celebrating its millionth order with a bang: Register tomorrow at and you’ll be in the running to win a $40,000 shopping spree, no purchase necessary. The store helpfully notes that this sum will buy you a Smythson Diary every year for almost 200 years. Non-Methuselah entrants will probably be just as captivated by the selection of Louboutin, Balmain, and RM by Roland Mouret.

GQ is taking a poll for the most stylish man in the world, but it’s tipped the scales a bit: Front-runner Johnny Depp is on the mag’s February cover. He’s so stylish, he didn’t even bother to wear a shirt. [GQ]

And the blogs are buzzing that Lara Stone is engaged to her beau, Little Britain star David Walliams. Proof positive: Hot girls really do love funny guys. If you listen closely, you can hear legions of eligible bachelors worldwide polishing up their knock-knock jokes. [Modelinia]

Raising Kane?


…Or one of seven of his talented countrymen. British designer Christopher Kane found his line among eight shortlisted for the inaugural BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, an up-and-comer’s prize sponsored by the British Fashion Council and British Vogue. (The award is modeled on a similar initiative of its American counterpart.) In addition to Kane, Angel Jackson, Clements Ribeiro, Savile Row house E.Tautz, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Richard Nicoll—most of whom will show at London fashion week next month—are in the running for the £200,000 award, which comes with industry mentorship (and, no small boon itself, coverage in the May 2010 issue of British Vogue, where the winner will be announced). Editor in chief Alexandra Shulman will chair the judging panel. We’re sure she’s too professional to give any inkling of her own preference, but the tea leaf readers of fashion will no doubt be scrutinizing her label choices all the same.

Photo: Courtesy of the British Fashion Council