These heels feature smooth black leather, cut-out bow embellished front, elastic strap behind the heel and sleek pointed-toe.
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Lupita Nyong’o wore Nicholas Kirkwood Casati pumps to the 2015 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. These heels feature custom white satin, a white Swarovski over-sized pearl platform and 135mm heel. You can shop current styles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Outfit Details: Custom Calvin Klein Collection pearl and ivory beaded dress designed by Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa plus statement diamond Chopard pieces.
Check out more shoes spotted on Lupita.
Nicholas Kirkwood is a shooting star in the high fashion footwear world and soaring ever higher – if you’re not familiar with his eponymous brand, chances are you know and lust after his footwear designs for Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic, Erdem, Fendi, Rodarte, and Pollini. Unsurprisingly, the brand has jumped up on the “Must Have, Must Love” list after LVMH purchased a majority stake in the company last year, reflected in the skyrocketing sales and sudden attention from acclaimed stylists. His fabulous shoes appear on the red carpet regularly, donned by Hollywood starlets and certified celebrities alike; from Kiernan Shipka to Cate Blanchett, from Lupita Nyong’o to Saoirse Ronan, it wouldn’t be a star studded sartorial affair without a pair of Kirkwood’s not-quite-classic heels making an appearance.
A majority of the shoes are designed in a stunning leather filigree of ornate laser cut leather that really adds a punch of glamour and edge to the collection. Stating that he was inspired by the luxurious history of Morocco, those laser cut designs channel hand-painted tiles and motifs. Secondarily, Kirkwood took inspiration from one of the hottest trends in high fashion right now: sportswear. When talking to Nordstrom about the strong influence of Technicolor fabric and lace-up straps he stated, “there’s a sporty ’70s vibe that features high-tech low soles.”
The collection also plays with texture such as woven silk in neon green, brightly dyed raffia, and elaborate jacquards contrasted against metallic snakeskin. Heels vary in shape from streamline to sleek, chunky to jagged – some of the heels even include signature hidden details, like a pearl nesting under the heel or a unique triangle silhouette. If that’s the way Nicholas Kirkwood views the spring and summer season, we definitely can’t complain! It’s a festive collection that makes a statement in every sole.
If you want a Kirkwood pump that is safe to wear in an office setting – because life is sadly not all soirées and chic brunches – he’s got you covered! His trademark metallic pinheel pump makes an appearance in luscious colors such as emerald, bronze, and blazing red; those dynamic colors will provide versatility year ‘round, whether paired with a summer dress or woolen slacks. We can’t deny the appeal of a perfect heel that can take you from day-to-night with ease.
For years Nicholas Kirkwood has been building an impressive repertoire of fashion awards, we’re absolutely stoked that he’s gaining the popularity and recognition that he deserves. We can’t wait to see where he takes his flourishing label next!
Fiery red patent leather sandal with clear PVC side straps; available at Saks Fifth Avenue
T-strap knotted leather sandals with a zig-zag shaped heel and thin padded leather straps
Signature sandal bootie in natural snakeskin with white leather trim, woven leather front detail, leather laces and gold-tone pin heel
White laser cut leather sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available at Neiman Marcus
Laser cut-out leather pointed toe pump; available at Matches for $902.00
Black laser cut suede pointed-toe pump; available at Nicholas Kirkwood
Ankle-strap sandal in nude laser cut leather with a cork platform and mirrored block heel
Cobalt raffia slingback open-toe bootie with a white technical rubber platform, green leather trim and hexagonal bijoux
Orange raffia ankle-strap sandal with fuchsia snakeskin trim, beige jacquard ankle strap and technical rubber platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood
Sage raffia ankle-strap sandal with a sky blue and holographic snakeskin trim; available at Nicholas Kirkwood
Grey raffia pointed toe pump with a cream hexagon; available at Nicholas Kirkwood
Orange raffia round toe platform pump with a hammered gold platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood
Grey raffia round toe pump with a thick hammered gold platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood
Cobalt blue raffia pump with a mirrored block heel, iridescent green trim, cream hexagon, and white technical rubber platform
Black suede platform pump with a technical rubber trim and block heel; available at Harrods
Seafoam suede pointed-toe pump with a white technical rubber trim and block heel
Nude leather pointed-toe pump with a contrasting white rubber trim and mirrored pale gold block heel
Black leather open-toe slingback bootie with a mirrored pale gold block heel; available at Nordstrom
Leather ankle-strap platform sandal with a hexagon button and block heel; available in colorful jacquard and woven raffia at Saks Fifth Avenue
Curved heel pump in natural snakeskin; available in green snakeskin at Net-A-Porter
Red snakeskin asymmetric sandal with a thick curved heel and PVC insert
Black suede platform pump with the signature angled platform and small pearl detail at the cutout heel
Nude silk satin sandal with a cut-out heel and small pearl detail
Cream lace round toe platform pump with a hammered gold platform
Pale pink silk satin sandal with a crystal-studded asymmetric strap and clear PVC strap
Blue floral printed fabric sandal bootie with blue suede laces and navy leather details
D’Orsay pump in glossy black patent leather with a floral-printed ankle-strap and gold-tone pin heel
T-strap sandal in yellow & navy with thin patent leather straps and thin sculpted pin heel
Ankle-strap sandal in teal silk satin with a blue patent leather trim, mirrored beaded straps and floral printed curve-shaped heel
Peep-toe mule wedge sandal; available in nude leather and black suede sandal with a gold chrome wedge at Nicholas Kirkwood
Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto purple laser cut heel sandal with satin straps; available at Nicholas Kirkwood
Curved heel ankle-strap sandal; available in mirrored silver leather at Forward by Elyse Walker & Ssense, colorful woven raffia at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue & Ssense, black leather at Matches & Moda Operandi
Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem platform booties with an ombré lucite block heel and PVC or lace sides
Nicholas Kirkwood for Roksanda Ilincic t-strap pointed toe pump with a flat bow detail and curved heel
Nude laser cut leather gladiator sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available at Neiman Marcus
Written by Shannon Weston
Winter is upon us, which can only mean one thing for the ever-moving world of fashion: Spring shoes are just around the corner and a heap of new trends is going to come with it. It’s intimidating, but have no fear! While you’ve been zipping up your knee high boots, we’ve been hot on the trail of the best shoe styles of the upcoming season. Even though it was difficult to narrow it down, here are the trends we’re most looking forward to for Spring 2014:
Mules: Not to be confused with the animal, mules are shoes characterized by their exposed heel and this Spring 2014 season they are everywhere. Backless shoes are a trend everyone can rock, as they come in a myriad of heights. We spotted them on the catwalks of mega-brands Alexander Wang, Chloé, Stella McCartney, and Céline. Our faves? Of course, Gianvito Rossi is the master of the mule – he even designed Altuzarra’s gorgeous runway mules – but, we also can’t help but love Monique Lhuillier’s gorgeous use of PVC in her heel-baring designs and Christian Louboutin’s bead-embellished creations.
Placid Blue: This icy-toned blue is one of Pantone’s top picks for the Spring 2014 season. Dubbed “placid blue,” this hue does indeed have a calming and serene quality about it and designers latched onto it for their warmer weather designs. Used as both the main color and as an accenting neutral, we love the way this normally subversive color is taking control this season. From the curved heel of Walter Steiger’s glorious pump to Miu Miu’s chunky heeled platform, this color has proven itself to be much more than an Easter egg favorite.
Freesia: As if to tell placid blue to move over and share the stage, this Pantone pick is a blazing yellow that commands attention. Freesia is the color of electric citrus, and where placid blue is a blue sky, freesia is the smoldering sun. Just a glimpse at the color instantly energizes you, which is why it isn’t surprising that designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Prada, ShoeRazzi favorite Jerome C. Rousseau, and John Galliano (spotted on the trendy heels of Rita Ora) have all utilized this vibrant color. After all, there is no better way to add a kick of ferocity to an outfit than with a sick pair of shoes!
Sporty: This spring, the femininity of high heels are combining with an unexpected element: sportiness. We briefly delved into this trend in our recap of the hottest shoes on the Milanese runways, but this trend is proving to be much more than a footnote. Whether it’s through the use of athletic materials such as perforated leather (Daniele Michetti), woven nylon (Balenciaga), and neoprene (John Galliano), or through design like Emilio Pucci’s padded leather straps, Prada’s rubber bumpers and sole, or Christian Dior’s sneaker laces, it’s clear that one of the hottest trends of Spring 2014 is combining urban style with luxury.
Funky Embellishments: For the past couple seasons, wild embellishments have been a designer standby to make their shoes really stand out, and this season is no different. We’re seeing a wealth of extravagant and unique embellishments that are making classic shoe designs total statement makers. From Sophia Webster’s spunky and vibrant butterfly wings to Bionda Castana’s ingenious use of lace and silicone to create a leopard print, using embellishments is the go-to way to make your shoes the most enviable soles on the block. Christian Louboutin even got in on the trend with his darling doorknocker embellishments and that’s how you know it’s a must-follow trend.
Floral Appliqué: Along the same vein of embellishments, another incredibly popular trend during this upcoming spring and summer season is the use of floral appliqués. It makes sense when you think about it: what better way to celebrate warm weather’s flowers and gorgeous variety of colors than using those very vessels of vibrancy as shoe-spiration? The flowers range from subtle (Christian Dior, Brian Atwood) to a veritable bouquet (we’re looking at you Aperlai and Kotur!), but no matter the size of the flower, we love the elegance and femininity it effortlessly conveys.
Beaded: By this time, you’re probably sensing a theme: next season is all about personality-filled shoes. The more accoutrements the better. Following the shoe jewelry trend (shoewlry? We’ll work on a name for this, we promise), some of the hottest shoes you’ll be seeing in Spring 2014 are ornately beaded works of footwear art. Emilio Pucci’s Masai-inspired beading is picture perfect, Paul Andrew’s floral inspiration combines two trends in one pump, and Aperlai’s caviar beaded platform shoes – seen on Willow Shields during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour – is edgy while still being darling. However, the shoe that takes the bead-embellished cake is definitely Jerome C. Rousseau’s multi-beaded, multi-dimensional heel, which is sure to turn heads.
Written by Shannon Weston
This style originally debuted in the Fall 2012 collection (continued this season) and has been spotted on Britney Spears. These pumps feature strawberry pink suede, matching pink organza ruffle trim down the back, angled platform and almond toe. Half sizes are available.
The Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto shoes, as usual, received lots of attention during London Fashion Week. There’s so much going on and yet everything works beautifully together.
I have mixed feeling about the Versace shoes. I was excited when I saw the lace-up booties on the runway however I’m not crazy about the side stitching, it reminds me of an ice-skater + caveman shoe.
Matthew Williamson debuted a new signature footwear line to celebrate the brand’s 15 anniversary. The platform sandals feature heavy embellishment and sculpted, wavy platforms.
Versace accessories; trunkshow runs until October 7 at 12pm EDT
Both gladiator boots feature a back exposed zipper, Versace medallions and PVC insert at the toe, available in black & nude | Champagne nude pump covered in gold rectangles with a PVC insert | Completely lace-up bootie with side stitching detail available in blue, nude and black
Matthew Williamson accessories; trunkshow runs until October 12 at 11pm EDT
Ri Ri Raj nude embellished platform sandal | Guava snakeskin sandal with embellished ankle-stap and pink details | New Wave platform sandal with printed silk & patent leather upper with a blue suede covered platform and sculpted heel
How Moda Operandi works: They debut several new collections available on pre-order for a limited time. Each trunkshow run for 3-7 days where you can pre-order the styles (many pieces will never be available in stores). You pay a 50% deposit and the other half is due when the item is ready to be shipped.
Credit: Vogue UK
Manolo didn’t have as many collaborations in London as he did in New York, I count 5 total including the flat sandals he designed for Richard Nicoll. I always look forward to the Antonio Berardi collaboration and this time we saw blue & tan leather strappy heels.
Credit: Vogue UK & Style.com
I wasn’t crazy about Louboutin’s designs at NYFW since many of them were styles seen from previous collections, however, London was another story! My favorite shoes are the heels seen on Mary Katrantzou’s runway. We did see one style, the Crazy Fur pump, which debuted in the Fall/Winter 2012 collection redesigned into lighter colors for Spring in Michael van der Ham’s collection.
You never know what to expect from Kirkwood’s collaborations, the designs are always so different every season. For Spring 2013 he created a chunky t-strap platform for Erdem featuring metallic leather, python and floral print. The Peter Pilotto sandals have received a lot of attention and were named ‘Accessory of the Day’ on WWD. He mixed digital baroque-style prints with black & white woven leather, patent leather and completely beaded laces.
Kirkwood’s heels were also seen on the Jean Pierre-Braganza runway along with Alejandro Ingelmo.
Vogue UK & Style.com
To celebrate the brand’s 15 anniversary, Williamson debuted a signature footwear line in collaboration with shoe designer Joanne Stoker. These heels feature heavy embellishment and fun sculpted, wavy platforms. The shoe line is set to hit stores next summer.
This season Charlotte Olympia designed the Serena sandal in many different colors & textures for the Temperley London Spring 2013 collection. We first saw this sandal in Olympia’s Spring 2012 Siren collection. You can find the Serena available in white satin from the Runaway Bride collection online at Charlotte Olympia.
How cute! The printed floral printed silk reminds me of Tabitha Simmons’ designs. These sandals feature small flower studs, leather edges and a flower buckle.
Nicholas Kirkwood X Keith Haring leather printed platform pumps | 5.25″ heel & 0.84″ platform | available online at Browns for $709
Kirkwood launched his London boutique with a special collection inspired by 80s pop artist Keith Haring. Now the collection travels the world making an appearance at the world’s most exclusive boutiques. This pump is the only style available online from the collection & I know they will go very fast.
Make sure to check out the video below & the other designs from the collection including the thigh-high leopard print and Swarovski crystal–encrusted roller skates.
Last night I attended the premiere of “God Save My Shoes” sponsored by The Outnet at the Paris Theatre in New York City. If there ever was an event I was supposed to be at, it was this one. The film was and wasn’t about shoes. Of course it was filled with tons of shoe eye candy however it explored an in-depth look at why women are obsessed with them. For some women they can never have enough. For Kelly Rowland shoes are her babies! And for others, heels can help transform them into an alter-ego.
Before the event: Alice & Olivia dress, DVF belt, Nicholas Kirkwood heels & Dalia Koss bracelet
Professional poker player Beth Shak who owns over 1,200 pairs of shoes made an appearance in the film and was the most humorous of all the cast – I appreciate love her blunt honesty!
I really recommend watching all of the production diaries. The clips feature more with the designers than the film does. Before the film started last night, director Julie Bensara said they had to clip footage out or it would have been a 3 hour documentary.
After the film we headed over to LAVO through the monsoon to attend the after party. Markus and I had our shoes snapped for SOLES4SOULS. For every fabulous pair of shoes, Caid Productions donated a pair of shoes to someone in need.
The film also premieres in Paris on September 29th. “God Save My Shoes” is planning to be released in France in October and in the US at end of November. P.S.- Check out my previous post on the film, featured on the designers.
Credit: Fame Pictures
Here is my (monster) list of the most fabulous Spring 2011 sandals that are available online right now. I order heels online because 1. I can find what I want & 2. shipping & returns are usually free. Also, don’t forget to to look at the fit guide (I learned my lesson) – I’m a half size different depending on the designer. Whether you’re looking for a platform, wedge, chunky heel, or sans platform sandal this list complies the best designer sandals I’ve found online.
P.S.- Share with me your favorites! X
These Skovgaard sandals are amazing!
Zanotti joined the chunky platform trend & created a beautiful, trendy spring sandal.
These lucite Lanvin wedges have recently been spotted on Cameron Diaz.
Khloe Kardashian has been seen in these Versace rope sandals.
Zoe Saldana was the first celebrity to wear these Yves Saint Laurent wedges on the red carpet.
Yves Saint Laurent web wedge sandal; available online at Barneys.
Miu Miu two-tone peep-toe sandals; available online at MyTheresa.
These recently just appeared online. I love them because they still feature the beautiful neon colors but the style is not as extreme as the other heels from the Miu Miu Spring 2011 collection.
Nicholas Kirkwood lace platform sandal; available online at Bergdorf Goodman.
Miranda Kerr wore these to the MET 2011 Ball.
Kelly Ripa was spotted in the silver Dalio sandal.
Casadei t-strap platform wedge; available online at Endless.
Casadei triple platform cutout sandal; available online at Endless.
These remind me a bit of Elie Saab’s heels spotted on Mila Kunis at the Academy Awards.
Donna Karanmetallic gold platform sandal; available online at Zappos.
canvas & woven leather platform sandal; available online at Zappos.
Cachet Antiope platform sandals;
The gold platform sandal with crystals is stunning. I expect to see this heel on the red carpet.
This wedge is very high on my wish list, I’m so happy to see it still available online.
Elie Saab cutout leather platform sandals; all three featured below are available online at Boutique1.
Sharing my secret – I’m obsessed with Boutique1 & they carry the super coveted Elie Saab Spring 2011 sandals right now.
Alaïa embellished leather platform sandals; available online at Net-A-Porter.
This sandal is selling out quite quickly, but it had to be on the list!
Alaïa cutout suede platform sandals; available online at Net-A-Porter.
This sandal has been my favorite ever since I spotted it on Diane Kruger in January.
Pierre Hardy striped wedge sandal; available online at Barneys.
This Pierre Hardy amazingness was spotted on Leighton Meester in a pink & orange color.
Pierre Hardy buckled wedge sandal; available online at Net-A-Porter.
Louboutin has a massive Spring 2011 collection but the Balota is my favorite sandal right now that is also pretty easy to find online.
Kim Kardashian debuted these heels in Harper’s Bazaar.
Dries Van Noten multi-strap suede sandal; available online at FarFetch.
Dries Van Noten floral print sandal; available online at FarFetch.
Fendi purple snakeskin platform sandal; available online at Neiman Marcus.
Jennifer Hudson was spotted in these python sandals.
Giambattista Valli pony print fringe sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete.
Giambattista Valli giraffe linen wedge; available online at Kirna Zabete
Chrissie Morris Zena cross front platform sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete
Chrissie Morris Priscilla buckle platform sandal; available online at Kirna Zabete