January 23, 2013
Nicholas Kirkwood Brings His Arty Footwear to Saks Fifth Avenue
The Brit designer who shod the “angels” at Victoria’s Secret & just won the Vogue Design Fashion Fund has a new home at Saks
By Nancy Staab
British designer Nicholas Kirkwood is often the first name listed in the new flock of shoe designers putting the heat on the standard-bearers like Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo. And now his fashion-forward designs will be displayed at Saks’ famed shoe salons, including the Atlanta one.
Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza broke out the bubbly last week to welcome the arrival of shoes, for the first time, from rising Brit designer Nicholas Kirkwood. The fashionable shoemaker attended the prestigious Central St. Martins, worked for the mad-hatter Philip Treacy and lived, for a time, with the late fashion eccentric Isabella Blow. So, it’s no wonder his own creations are very British-eccentric, not to mention fashion-forward. He launched his brand in 2005 and has swiftly climbed the shoe-designer hierarchy, creating catwalk creations for top designers like Rodarte and winning celeb clients like Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Miranda Kerr, Blake Lively and Beyonce. Last winter he was commissioned to create special shoes for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in collaboration with Swarovski. And THIS JUST IN: on Jan. 29 Kirkwood won the prestigious British Fashion Council / Vogue Magazine Design Fashion Fund in England.
Some of the trademarks of Kirkwood’s arty shoe designs include extravagant use of color, angular platforms, and architectural elements.
Perhaps his most iconic shoe to date is his “scribble-flower colorblock sandal” that looks like the love-child between Mondrian and Picasso, with a black-and-white sketch of a flower attached to a citrus-bright platform sandal in orange and yellow.
His most outrageous design? His “ponytail shoe” matched to singer Florence Welch’s flame-colored locks. The black stiletto booties bear a Picasso-like female profile and then a swooping auburn “ponytail” flourish at the back of the heel. These are certainly shoes with Brit wit but there’s also designs for more decorous ladies: pretty feather-trimmed suede booties, strappy sandals in sunset colors of orange and pink, femme pink snakeskin slingbacks that scream SJP or proper black pumps with an elegant border of pearls, between the sole of the shoe and the platform base, that even Coco Chanel could approve.
For more information on Nicholas Kirkwood shoe designs at Saks visit www.saksfifthavenue.com. Starting on Sat. Jan. 26, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes will be available in the designer shoe salon at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. Saks at Phipps will celebrate the new shoe arrivals with champagne, sweets and a live DJ from 2-6PM on Jan. 26.
SEE SLIDESHOW BELOW OF SAMPLE NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD SHOE DESIGNS FROM HIS SPRING AND FALL 2012 COLLECTIONS AND HIS DESIGNS FOR THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW
Saks Fifth Avenue Partners with The American Red Cross and Local Charities for the Month of February
THIS JUST IN: This February, Saks Fifth Avenue will give 5% of all registered purchases made with a Saks Fifth Avenue credit card back to charity with an initiative called Saks Loves Your Cause. The donations will benefit The American Red Cross and select local organizations. Customers may select between the local chapter of The American Red Cross and two other designated local charities for their 5% contribution. Registration is one simple step at point-of-sale linking the customer account with their chosen charity. In addition to the Red Cross, Saks Fifth Avenue Atlanta has partnered with local charities the Atlanta Humane Society and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for the event running from February 1 - 28.