72 posts tagged "Nicholas Kirkwood"
Following months of rumors, it was announced this morning that LVMH has acquired a majority stake in London-based footwear label, Nicholas Kirkwood. “It’s with a great sense of excitement and pride that I enter into this partnership,” offered Kirkwood in a press release. “LVMH is home to the most celebrated and revered brands and talents in our industry, and has an implicit understanding of luxury. From my first meeting with Delphine Arnault and Pierre‐Yves Roussel of LVMH, it was clear that LVMH would be the best partner for our brand as we have the same values of design, creativity, and craftsmanship.”
Having launched in 2005, Kirkwood’s brand hasn’t done too shabbily on its own. The Central Saint Martins-trained designer—known for his playful approach to colorful, sexed-up shoes—has stand alone stores in New York, London, and Las Vegas, is sold at retailers worldwide, won the 2013 BFA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and launched a men’s range earlier this year. Needles to say, with LVMH backing his already flourishing business, further expansion is nigh. Only one question remains: is J.W. Anderson next?
By now, the Linda Farrow story is one of lore. Ten years ago, Tracy Sedino and her boyfriend, Simon Jablon (Linda Farrow’s table tennis-champ son), were redecorating an old warehouse that belonged to his designer mom. And by pure fortune, they discovered a box filled with old sunglasses that Linda had created for Balenciaga, Dior, and YSL in the seventies. The rest is history.
Ten years on and happily married to Jablon, Sedino has been busy fulfilling her mother-in-law’s design dream that was put aside for love, marriage, and children. In the past decade, with Jablon quarterbacking the business angle, Sedino has developed the Linda Farrow brand to an extreme: Their stand-alone products have drawn a legion of fans (think Rihanna, Gaga, Queen Bey, Madonna), and their collaborations have raised the bar even higher. Jeremy Scott, Erdem, Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, and Matthew Williamson are just a few designers with whom the brand has worked hand in hand.
To fete their ten-year diamond anniversary, Sedino is taking the brand and its muse—a giant doe-eyed raven-haired doll called Penelope—on a whirlwind road show. First stop was Colette, where Penelope wore Sedino’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress, and now, to Selfridges, where the brand has a “shop-in-shop”—the new parlance for pop-up shop. Sedino and Jablon have called upon ten brands, including Nicholas Kirkwood, Mawi, Falke, and Agent Provocateur to come up with a limited-edition selection of goodies (which will be available until October) to celebrate. And these products are not your typical eyewear. A gold detailed heel from Nicholas Kirkwood, some very naughty bow-detailed pantyhose from Falke, a super-sexy aromatic candle from Cire Trudon, and a Lycra playsuit-cum-harness from Agent Provocateur (which reminds us of something out of Fifty Shades) gives us a clue as to what is on the couple’s minds as they commemorate ten years of marriage and business. A clutch from Bottega Veneta PT 1 and a fur from Saga give the collection just enough grown-up veneer to sugarcoat the boudoir naughtiness. Good to know the flame hasn’t gone out—all ten-year anniversaries should be like this one.
Watch out, Kering. LVMH is comin’ round the bend on the young designer investment front—or it’s rumored to be, anyway. Today, WWD reports that LVMH is believed to be in talks with London-based up-and-comer Jonathan Anderson of J.W.Anderson. The emerging talent, known for his wares’ slick cuts and androgynous appeal, has been on the rise for the past few seasons. Earlier this year, he launched his very first ad campaign, which debuted exclusively here. And who could forget his collaboration with Versace’s Versus? No doubt, a little help from LVMH would further elevate his line—and his profile. In related news, there have been whispers the past few months that LVMH is looking to invest in accessories designer Nicholas Kirkwood’s growing business, too. This all comes on the heels of Kering’s headline-making move to buy a 51 percent stake in Christopher Kane in January, as well as the company’s purchase of shares in Altuzarra just last week. All in all, it looks like luxury parent corps are invested in funding the future of fashion—here’s hoping the designers will continue to stay their respective creative courses.
With the Menswear, Resort, and Couture shows all wrapping this month, we’ve seen our fair share of trends. And while we’re tempted to try a daring crop top or a kitschy Hawaiian print, wearing something classic still feels appealing. Black lace made its way into the Pre-Fall collections, and the resulting looks are elegant and timeless, with a subtle, vampy edge. Shop our picks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Nicholas Kirkwood, and more, below.
1. Oscar de la Renta dress, $6,990, available at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Nicholas Kirkwood mesh sandals, $950, available at www.net-a-porter.com
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone 5 case, $40, available at www.net-a-porter.com
4. OPI Black Shatter Nail Lacquer, $7.99, available at overstock.com
5. Aurélie Bidermann oxidized silver dipped lace cuff, $628, available at www.farfetch.com
For his Resort ’14 collection, which he showed in Paris this week, Nicholas Kirkwood offered a dichotomous range of shoes split into “low” and “high.” First, the low: flat sandals with tiny gold studs that were created with haute urban comfort in mind (after all, most city dwellers are big walkers). Meanwhile, pointy loafers are offered in his familiar black-and-white zigzag herringbone, or white leather topped with snakeskin, among other options. Evening is where the highs come in. First, there’s the graphic and elegant “floating wave” strappy sandal that Kirkwood, a man reliably obsessed with negative space, stripped down and engineered to appear “only barely there.” Then there are the boogie-till-you-drop heels that are set with crystals and a twinkling disco ball under the arch. Also on offer were a range of high-energy color-blocked heels worked in shades of salmon, khaki, orange, or nude patent leather with lavender or teal sport mesh. Choices, choices.