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.
I started collecting these images weeks ago and wanted to share some major shoe eye candy just in time for the new year. Most of these styles aren’t available yet, however, there are a few available for pre-order.
I love this pink sandal by Brian Atwood and the Sophia Webster bootie is delightful!
Brian Atwood Alisée pink snakeskin sandal
Casadei crystal-embellished Blade pump
Charlotte Olympia Belinda bootie; available online at Colette
Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato platform pump
Gianvito Rossi mirrored gold patent leather sandal
Giuseppe Zanotti sculpted wedge with gold-tone leaves; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Jimmy Choo blue suede laser-cut platform with ankle-strap
Manolo Blahnik for Antonio Berardi whipstitched leather sandal; first spotted at London Fashion Week
Nicholas Kirkwood white leather cut-out sandal
Rupert Sanderson Harting fuchsia mirror metallic; as seen on Gwyneth Paltrow
Roger Vivier Bibendum nude suede platform sandal
Sergio Rossi Murmansk t-strap patent leather sandal; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Sophia Webster Riri leather bootie with beaded laces
Tabitha Simmons crystal-embellished Bailey sandal
Tom Ford nude leather buckled sandal
Walter Stegier Tempo snakeskin sandal
Noticeable Spring/Summer 2013 shoe trends:
Stella McCartney seems to be one step ahead & if you can’t wait until spring, she designed a faux-leather iridescent pump available at Bergdorf Goodman.
Mixed Media Madness
There are several obvious examples of this mixed media trend and I chose designs featuring 3 or more different materials. The styles below are colorful and show the designers’ playful side.
For me, the combination of different textures & colors is a hit-or-miss. Christian Louboutin uses mixed media wildly throughout his collection.
I love embroidered details, they give a fun, special touch. Barbara Bui and Balmain have several styles completely embroidered whereas Rupert Sanderson & Isa Tapia feature parts of the shoe embroidered with tropical birds.
Looking through Style.com’s Accessories Index I’ve spotted several orangey tones. Then I saw nectarine listed on the Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report which has also migrated to footwear. Nectarine has a warm coral touch and is also a skin flattering tone.
** Read Part II of the Spring 2013 trends post**
Images via BPCM, Walter Steiger, Sophia Webster, WWD & Style.com
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.
I came across a street style photo this week of someone wearing Charlotte Olympia’s Zena boots outside the shows (NY or London I think). They were so goregous on the foot and now I can’t find the photo anywhere (if you find this photo, please send it to me!). *Update, June Ambrose just recently tweeted a photo of them*
It’s had me thinking about lattice…again. Several designers have used this technique with their own style this season. I especially love the Ralph Lauren Collection Jebria heels which feature a military-inspired cage silhouette with hand-pieced gold tone chain links. You can’t talk about latticework in footwear without mentioning Sergio Rossi; the crystal-embellished scalloped design is their signature.
It’s boot season!! I know, it’s only mid-July however fall will be here before you know it so I wanted to start compiling a list of new boot arrivals. I’ve been keeping track of the ones appearing online and will be updating this post as more styles become available (I’m still waiting for Camilla Skovgaard, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, etc.).
My top 3 favorite boots from this list are the Nicholas Kirkwood feather boot (to.die.for.), Pierre Hardy and the Roger Vivier ribbon bootie. Which are your favorites?
*Post updated August 21 with many more boots!*
3.1 Phillip Lim Peggy ankle platform boot; available at La Garçonne
Azzedine Alaïa suede two-tone platform boot; available online at Colette
Alexander McQueen black lace-up platform boot; available online at Zappos
Alexander Wang Cameron mesh & suede boot; available at La Garçonne
Balenciaga suede & leather wrap ankle boot; available online at Barneys
Balmain velvet embossed pointed-toe boot; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Brian Atwood Pipi fringe boot (also in black suede) ; available online at Bergdorf Goodman
Burberry lace-up platform boot; available online at MyTheresa
Burak Uyan green suede lace-up boot; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Casadei neon cap-toe platform boot; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Cesare Paciotti platform boot in rose python; available online at FarFetch
Diego Dolcini leather & suede platform boot; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Donna Karan croc-embossed leather platform boot; available online at Zappos
Emilio Pucci pony hair ankle boot; available online at Stylebop
Fendi calf hair, leather and satin sock boot; available online at Neiman Marcus
Gianvito Rossi green suede ankle boot; available online at FarFetch
Giuseppe Zanotti pony hair & pantent leather boot; available online at FarFetch
Isabel Marant pony hair pointed-toe wedge boot; available online at La Garçonne
L.A.M.B. Hylda boot with pink heel; available online at Zappos
Nicholas Kirkwood black velvet platform bootie; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Nicholas Kirkwood feather embellished platform boot; available online at Bergdorf Goodman
Pierre Hardy lace-up bootie; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Roger Vivier satin ribbon peep-toe bootie; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Sergio Rossi leather boot with stingray heel; available online at FarFetch
Stella McCartney faux-croco platform boot; available online at LuisaViaRoma
Yves Saint Laurent Madge platform wedge boot; available online at MyTheresa