What Nicholas Kirkwood did next


You see a pair of heels. They don’t so much encase the foot as wrap around it in alienous beauty. And you know they must be Kirkwoods.

Nicholas Kirkwood has created some highly recognisable signature shapes. Shapes that have been much copied. Shapes that have influenced shoe styles far and wide, a commendable feat from someone who seemingly burst out of nowhere in an explosion of architectural futurism that was so fresh you couldn’t help but take notice. Since then Kirkwood has played with variations on those same shapes; interesting and beautiful techniques, to be sure, but looking through his latest look book for Spring 2011 it forms in your mind that perhaps it’s time for something new.

It’s not that Kirkwood’s signature shapes aren’t great ones, nor is that alienous beauty any less impressive. But once something has been copied and thus cheapened, for want of a better word, the only real thing to do is move on, to evolve to some new place. Flicking through the look book some more we do start to see the beginning of that. Moving beyond the examples where those same shapes are reinterpreted with some feminine lace, some bold pops of colour, or digital prints, we see some new types of heel that jut sideways out from the base of the shoe and end in a tiny stiletto point. There’s also some kitten heels with a thick woodstack platform that sway towards the oriental revival we’ve been hinting at.

via What Nicholas Kirkwood did next > Women’s Shoes & Boots.

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