62 posts tagged "Nicholas Kirkwood"
Good things rarely come of mixing high heels and cocktails. But when combined by Nicholas Kirkwood, the two make a tasty couple. Last night at his Mount Street flagship, the London-based shoe designer launched “The Chambord,” a collaborative pair of limited-edition holiday pumps inspired by the brand’s black raspberry liqueur.
Gwendoline Christie, Princess Julia, Peter Pilotto, Valentine Fillol-Cordier, and more dropped by Kirkwood’s Christmas fête to check out the festive ruby red and gold cocktail-themed shoes. And, of course, to enjoy a glass (or two) of holiday cheer.
2012 has been a big year for Kirkwood, what with shoeing the Victoria’s Secret Angels and winning the BFC’s Accessory Designer of the Year award. And he has his sights set high for 2013. The new year will see Kirkwood open a shop at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, launch a handbag range, and, at long last, debut his men’s line. So how will crafting gents’ kicks differ from designing for the ladies? “We’ll find out,” said Kirkwood. “I’m visiting a factory for men’s shoes tomorrow, where I intend to learn the ins and outs. I am expecting it will be a very cool journey.”
London’s menswear shows may be just around the corner, but today, the spotlight is on the city’s womenswear designers, as the British Fashion Council announced the 14 up-and-comers who have won NEWGEN sponsorship for Fall 2013. Joining alumni like Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou, and Jonathan Saunders, the recipients include Simone Rocha—who broke out as a star last season with her plastic lace and neon collection—and, not surprisingly, J.W. Anderson, who, as was announced last month, will be designing a capsule collection for Versus in addition to his eponymous line. Knitwear designer Lucas Nascimento and the eco-chic Christopher Raeburn also made the list, along with accessories designer Sophia Webster. The former assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood, Webster put forth a range of bright, graphic heels for her debut collection last season and has emerged as one to watch in the quirky-cool world of London fashion. To see the full list of winners, visit the BFC’s Web site.
They’re a wrap. The British Fashion Awards have just come to a close in London, where Valentino, First Lady Samantha Cameron, and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood were all on hand to present awards. The takeaway: The Brits really, really like their homegrown hero, Stella McCartney, who walked off with both Designer of the Year and Designer Brand of the Year. They’ve also got no problem being repeat commenders. Kim Jones of Louis Vuitton won Menswear Designer of the Year for the second year running, and Alexa Chung got the British Style Award—the ceremony’s people’s-choice prize—for the third year running. Style.com/Print cover girl Cara Delevingne won model of the year (see some of our shoot with her here), beloved/feared Central Saint Martins professor Louise Wilson took the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, and outgoing British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman, who will leave the post at the end of this year, won a special recognition. The complete winners are below; check back tomorrow for our complete coverage from the ceremony.
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton
ACCESSORY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
DESIGNER BRAND OF THE YEAR
MODEL OF THE YEAR
RED CARPET AWARD
NEW ESTABLISHMENT AWARD
BRITISH STYLE AWARD
ISABELLA BLOW AWARD FOR FASHION CREATOR
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FASHION
Embroidery was all over the Fall 2012 runways, from Proenza Schouler in New York to Erdem in London and Stella McCartney and Balmain in Paris. No need to reach for your own embroidery hoop—we’ve rounded up five of our favorite wearable embroidered pieces from The Kooples, Nicholas Kirkwood, and more, for this season and beyond.
1. Vanessa Bruno jacket, $1,065, available at www.netaporter.com
2. Alice by Temperley shirt, $435, available at www.netaporter.com
3. The Kooples embroidered jeans, $230, available at www.thekooples.com
4. Alexander McQueen bag, $,2455, available at www.marissacollections.com
5. Nicholas Kirkwood heels, $1,695, available at www.saksfifthavenue.com
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Label: Nicholas Kirkwood
Need to know: Crazy colors, wild patterns, and sky-high heels are what we’ve come to expect from London-based shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. He offered all this and more in his Spring collection, which was inspired by waves. His oceanic theme was apparent in snakeskin gladiator sandals with mirrored resin heels. Instead of going the typical “urban warrior” route, the designer reinterpreted the popular style into something more feminine, using fluid, swirling baroque shapes (not unlike rippling waves) instead of typical straps. Crests splashed over the sides of electric blue, orange, or yellow pumps and sandals in metallic leather and suede. Kirkwood also translated his beachy-inspiration into graphic plastic fan heels, and the metal toecaps on quirky, demure flats mimicked a wave shape. Printed watersnake sandals seemingly inserted into open-toe Mary Janes were a clever take on classic footwear, and the iridescent epoxy resin beads on a range of snakeskin sandals felt particularly aquatic. The designer also introduced a 55mm heel into his collection for the first time, showing it on pointy chevron-printed neon pumps. “It’s a way to get that height that people want without being so mumsy,” explained Kirkwood. “A low heel can still be cool. And it can be young, too.”
He says: “I became a little obsessed with waves this season. We’ve done them in multiple colors and forms. And I was feeling more of a closed-up silhouette, something that’s feminine but not too girly.”
Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and in Nicholas Kirkwood stores.