Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A pair of Kirkwoods please!

Some people might wonder whether Christian Louboutin or Manolo Blahnik retired. It seems like lately only one designer is chosen by stars to add some kind of specialty to their outfits and his name is Nicholas Kirkwood. 

Born in 1980, British designer and graduate from Central Saint Martins is one hot name on the designer map. Now he should be more that ever ready for all the attention since Sarah Jessica Parker has become sort of his brand’s “godmother” and doesn’t seem to be taking off her pair of Future Collectables suede platforms. She’s been seen in them all around the City during the promotion for “The Sex and the City 2” and now she’s also taking them to Japan for the promotional trip. Sarah’s become Kirkwood’s ambassador for both her private life and the screen one. Her Kirkwoods are more recognizable than the Blahniks even in the new film! With all do respect to Mr. Blahnik, I’m really glad that a bit competition has arrived. 

Nicholas Kirkwood has started to make his name in fashion back in 1999, when he was offered a job in Phillip Treacy's London store after the pair met on a skiing trip to Klosters. He’s stayed there for 4 years, meanwhile making catwalk shoes for Ghost, John Rocha, Erdem, Rodarte and Pollini. In 2005 he was ready to start his own collection. He produced his first collection for spring/summer 2005, which earned him the Condé Nast Footwear News Vivan Infantino award in 2006 for emerging talent. He’s been designing for Rodarte from 2005. His designs for new season Fall/ Winter 2010 are again marvelous. The heels this time are cleverly designed to look like melting wax. In July of last year Nicholas opened his first space in London's Dover Street Market but his shoes can also be bought at Brown’s, Harrod’s, Harvey Nichol’s or Liberty in London. In Poland they are available in Warsaw at

Sarah Jessica Parker in her favorite pair - Future Collectabales

 Sarah in a pair from Fall/Winter 2009 collection

And in another pair from Fall/Winter 2009 collection
Sienna Miller in her Oxford flats

As we can read on his Facebook page designer’s mission is to be the next Louboutin. I don’t want to say that he already is but in my opinion he finally got invitation to play in the same club. I know for me there are three kind of designer shoes every girl should own and there are red soled Louboutins, Blahnik’s Mary Janes and architectural Kirkwoods. 

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte Fall/Winter 2010

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