Everywhere I turn this week there’s a snap of a schleb wearing a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes. SJP is even wearing the same pair thrice, above. Must be love ‘cos this sort of repetition is normally considered uncool up in the hollywood hills… Anyway! His designs are damned cool and definitely only for the fashion-brave (and those who get driven around by a chauffeur – they may cause a few broken ankles on the London Underground!).
Let’s take a look at some pretty ladies sporting Nicholas Kirkwood designs:
And what of the designer himself?
The 30-year-old Brit trained in Fine Art at Central St Martins in London before working at milliner Philip Treacy’s store in London for five years. According to Vogue, Nicholas met Philip whilst skiing in Klosters and was lodging with the late Isabella Blow at the time. Ok, so I’m guessing he may come from a well-connected family then?! I’m pretty sure he’s not Nic from the block anyway! Whatever, he has a great vision when it comes to shoe design.
Nicholas trained at Cordwainers college (now affiliated to London College of Fashion) in 2001, dropping out a year later to continue working full-time for Philip. But in 2005 decided to rustle up the cash to produce his own collection by making the catwalk shoes for Ghost and John Rocha. His own collection launched in S/S05 winning him the Conde Nast emerging talent award.
He hopped over the pond that season to show his collection in New York gaining the attention of Visionaire’s Cecilia Dean – she hooked him up with another emergin talent, Rodarte, for whom he has been creating show shoes since S/S09.
In 2007 he won the Vogue Italia award for accessories design and in 2008 was appointed as accessories designer for relaunched Pollini, alongside Jonathan Saunders as creative director. At the end of 2008 he won Footwear Designer of the Year from Conde Nast and yet another emerging talent award at the British Fashion Awards.
Phew! ……..There’s more, there’s more:
He opened his first stand-alone concession space, at Dover Street Market in London, in July 2009 and was nominated for the Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award in 2010, but lost to Erdem (fair enough, Erdem rocks). No love lost, he created a collection of co-branded, co-designed shoes with Erdem A/W 10-11.
What’s next for Nicholas Kirkwood? Your guess is as good as mine!