Designer Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas-Kirkwood-Logo-2016Known for shoes with sculptural forms and Italian sensibility, Nicholas Kirkwood launches an even more spectacular Spring/Summer collection this year. Aside from being equal parts practical and adventurous, the collection celebrates the 10th anniversary of the cult designer’s eponymous brand. More reason to snag a new pair of shoes, right?

Nicholas Kirkwood expertly pushes the boundaries of shoe design with its artistic craftsmanship along with its no holds barred approach to experimenting with cuts, silhouettes, colors and prints. No matter how edgy Nicholas-Kirkwood-Spring-2016-shoesand whimsical, there is that inherent elegance and sophistication that continue to mature with every collection. This season we see more revamped signature styles that play with unique lines, forms and contours, as well as more refined shapes from narrowed block heels to a dipped heel that give the shoes a voluptuous finish, reminiscent of the curvy pumps in the 50’s.

Although there are a lot of blacks and other neutrals, the collection features a kaleidoscope of super fun colors that will surely brighten up your ensembles. An energetic palette of cobalt blue, orange, fuchsia and turquoise decorate the collection, while suede, patent leather, python, mesh and laser cut details add contrast and texture to the fancy footwear.

Nicholas-Kirkwood-colorblock-suede-pearl-sandalFor color, comfort and an extra lift, the Maya pearl platform sandal fits the bill. The catchy color contrast along with the wedge heel and concealed pearl create a fun and fabulous shoe design you can wear from day to night.

Another one of our favorites is the wave Ava sandal which emphasizes Kirkwood’s use of negative space, with a silhouette that highlights both the visible and the invisible. The graphic form of the shoe, plus its sneaker lace up detail, make it perfect for any woman who knows how to have fun with fashion.

Shop the collection at: Net-A-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, and Nicholas Kirkwood.

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Briona almond-toe pump in the signature chevron print and cap-toe; available in black suede at Barneys

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Leda suede tie-back pumps in raspberry suede; available at Saks Fifth Avenue or with a 90mm heel at Forward by Elyse Walker & Barneys

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Stella embossed cutout suede and mesh sandals; available at Net-A-Porter

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Maya pearl-embellished platform sandal; available at Matches & Nicholas Kirkwood or in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue, MatchesForward by Elyse Walker & Barneys

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Stella cutout leather & suede mule sandal; available at Saks Fifth Avenue & Moda Operandi or in turquoise at Lane Crawford

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Prism cross-strap sandal in black suede with the signature gold-tone sculpted inset heel; available with a 90mm heel at Nordstrom

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Nara lace-up leather strappy sandal’ available in black leather with a 90mm heel at Forward by Elyse Walker

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Ava suede trimmed wave mesh sandal booties; available online at FarFetch

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Briona almond-toe pump in the signature black & white chevron print; available at Net-A-Porter

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Maya pearl-embellished platform sandal; available in blue woven raffia at Forward by Elyse Walker or pink woven raffia at Moda Operandi

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Maya platform sandal with signature pearl accent in gold glitter fabric; available at Nicholas Kirkwood or in silver leather at Saks Fifth Avenue & Matches

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Maya pearl platform sandal in black silk and natural cork; available at Forward by Elyse WalkerBarneys & Matches or in beige suede at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Signature arch ankle-tie sandal in black suede and piped metallic gold leather trim

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Arch statement sandal in natural python with black leather trim and suede laces

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Laser-cut leather platform sandals in black & white leather with gold-tone covered leather detailing

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Lattice tie-back sandal in printed leather and black suede with a patent leather covered heel

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Outliner ankle-strap geometric paneled pump in fuchsia-pink suede and mint-green patent-leather; available at Matches

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Outliner ankle-strap geometric paneled pump in gold lurex leather with white patent leather trim; available at Matches

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Outliner ankle-strap pump in royal blue with turquoise-blue suede and pink patent-leather geometric panels; available at Matches

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Outliner ankle-strap sandal in coral, fuschia and mint green; available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Outliner ankle-strap sandal in metallic lurex leather; available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicholas Kirkwood

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Outliner lace-up sandals in coral suede with geometric detailing in fuschia pink suede and mint green patent leather

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Outliner sandal in royal blue suede with turquoise-blue suede and pink patent-leather geometric panels; available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Glossy patent leather tie-back sandal with mesh detailing and pin thin stiletto heel

 

About the author: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more). 

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Nicholas Kirkwood platform sandal | 130mm / 5″ heel | available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Net-A-Porter, Shoescribe, Matches, Foward by Elyse Walker, Intermix, Farfetch and Moda Operandi for $795.00

The platform heel makes a triumphant return with these new Fall 2015 Kirkwood sandals. Featuring a wide toe band, a polished pale-gold ankle strap plus a vertiginous 130mm block heel and 45mm platform. These lustrous velvet sandals are embellished with a signature design gobstopper pearl floating beneath the heel. Half sizes are available.

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Sophia Bush wore Nicholas Kirkwood Savara sandals to the 2015 NBC Upfront Presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. These heels are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring a black suede front & thin cross-straps, a black satin back, clear PVC straps and floating Swarovski crystal encrusted sphere attached to the heel breast. You can shop current styles at Matches, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nicholas Kirkwood.

Outfit Details: Jill Stuart Fall 2015 cream colored ruffled dress paired a multicolored snakeskin belt, a Edie Parker Edie clutch, a strawberry pink lip and several pieces of Karma Khali jewelry including the Triology ring in gold.

Check out more shoes spotted on Sophia.

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Rose Bryne wore Nicholas Kirkwood Rosing pumps to the 2015 CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards held in Las Vegas. These heels are from the Spring 2015 collection featuring black suede, a pointed-toe and sculpted gold chrome stiletto 105mm heel. You can shop Spring styles at Farfetch, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicholas Kirkwood.

Outfit Details: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Fall 2015 dress with an apron design; fluted skirt, a mock neck, lace up side detailing, and 3D floral appliqué embroidery, plus a Pearl Collection ring and Vita Fede jewels.

Check out more shoes spotted on Rose.

This season many footwear designers and brands, from Nicholas Kirkwood to Valentino, retired the celeb-favorite pin thin stiletto opting for the return of a chunky, block heel. This trendy shape is 70s infused with a hint of modern bohemian glamour that would make Bianca Jagger proud.

We pulled 10 fabulous examples of this trend now at retail…I guess the question is: will you be swapping your skinny summer-ready stilettos for this blocky silhouette?

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Nicholas Kirkwood psychedelic printed satin platform sandals; available at Net-A-Porter

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Givenchy lace-up d’Orsay black & white leather sandal; available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Proenza Schouler black leather fringe banded mule; available at Neiman Marcus

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Pierre Hardy Monolite natural beige linen pointed-toe pumps; available at Forward

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Valentino multi-colored Rockstud strappy sandals with gold-tone pyramid studs; available at Tessabit

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J.W.Anderson blue suede lace-up bootie with a mother-of-pearl heel; available at Farfetch

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Giama Aztec printed cotton platform ankle-strap sandals; available at Farfetch

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Christian Louboutin Bella braided leather houndstooth printed platform sandal; available at Nordstrom

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Saint Laurent Candy crystal studded black leather sandals; available at Forward

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Giuseppe Zanotti black suede strappy sandal with antique gold studded heel; available at Neiman Marcus

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Nicholas Kirkwood Origami pump | 4.1″/ 105mm heel | available at Browns Fashion, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicholas Kirkwood for $995.00

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.

Beyoncé attended the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Luncheon wearing a merlot knotted draped dress by Haute Hippie with a thigh-high side slit. She paired it with Gucci horsebit-embellished Claudie ankle-strap sandals in brown leather. These chunky 70s’-inspired platforms don’t do anything for her outfit…and they feel out of place.

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Gianvito Rossi Gianvito iridescent leather pumps
You can’t go wrong with this beautiful single-sole shoe. This silhouette elongates the leg and also works perfectly paired with her 5:31 Jerome coat.

Oscar Tiye Zoe cage sandals
Since it’s December and the event was held in NY, I’m not crazy about an open-toe shoe however this unique tassel-embellished sandal in the warm rose gold is a playful option. P.S. – I have these shoes baby blue, j’adore!!!

Daniele Michetti Sveva slingback pumps
This spicy yellow snakeskin is a perfect complement for her burgundy dress. They also feature a low-cut heel counter and black woven leather trim.

Bionda Castana Dekota pump
I love these femme fatale inspired shoes with sexy corset-style laces, geometric leather paneling and sheer mesh sides. Check out how they look on the foot.

Gianvito Rossi Carey strappy pumps
I can’t get enough of these beautiful Fall ’14 shoes in natural python with three thin buckled front straps.

Nicholas Kirkwood colorful pointed-toe pumps
Beyoncé’s previously worn many shoes by Kirkwood and these pointed-toe heels are my wildcard choice featuring multi-color Mexican-inspired needlepoint embroidery. I like this shade of pink & aqua paired with her dress.

Which pair do you like for Beyoncé? Check out more Shoes She Should Have Worn posts.

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Elizabeth Banks wore Nicholas Kirkwood Savara sandals to the 2014 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. These heels are from the Fall 2014 collection featuring glossy red patent leather, clear PVC sides, adjustable ankle-strap and sculpted 105mm heel. Savara is available at Nicholas Kirkwood plus you can shop more styles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Outfit DetailsPeter Pilotto Spring 2015 dress with a deep plunging v-neck, pleated panels at the skirt with a sheer asymmetric underlay and paisley embellishments, a Reece Hudson clutch, Casa Reale ring and Melissa Kaye Jewelry Large Ellie earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Elizabeth.

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Jessica Chastain wore Nicholas Kirkwood Serafin sandals to the premiere of ‘A Most Violent Year’ held during the opening night gala of the 2014 AFI Fest in Hollywood. They’re from the Spring 2015 collection featuring nude crystal swirly cross over straps, a clear PVC insert, adjustable buckled ankle-strap and stiletto heel. You can shop the latest styles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Outfit Details: Roksanda Resort 2015 Lovell navy metallic jacquard dress with a flare skirt and plunging neckline, a metallic purple manicure and Jennifer Meyer diamond Bar earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jessica.