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Nicholas Kirkwood

Maria’s graphic sweater caught my eye straight away. There’s something a little bit modernist–as well as nouveau southwestern–about the pattern that is really interesting. Culottes continue to dominate the street-style scene, and I love these menswear-inspired crops. The mirrored Dior sunnies are the most popular sunglasses style of the season and add some shine to this tonal look.

Crystal Nicodemus


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Dior Sunglasses | Ankle Strap Platform Sandals | Culottes

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Dior ‘So Real’ Sunglasses | Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Pearl’ Sandal | Tibi Pleated Culottes


Londoners do casual cool so well. Raw-edge denim is a big theme of the season and these boyfriend jeans are fantastic, especially when paired with killer loafers. A chunky knit turtleneck and sleek denim jacket balance out the rough edges.

Crystal Nicodemus


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Dark-Wash Boyfriend Jeans | Loafers | Denim Jackets

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STS Blue Boyfriend Jeans | Nicholas Kirkwood Pointed Toe Loafer | Paige Denim Oversize Jacket

Olivia Kim, Nordstrom‘s director of creative projects, tells us about her nonstop Fashion Week adventures in What’s Up, Olivia.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Breakfast of fashion champions was caramel popcorn at the KENZO show this morning, a collaboration with David Lynch. There was certainly a Twin Peaks, I’m-channeling-Laura-Palmer aura in the air, and seeing my old friends Carol and Humberto stage another high-graphic, high-energy show is the best! (Read The Thread’s Runway Rundown on the KENZO show.)

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Gotta wear comfy shoes for all the walking, talking, moving and shaking. I’m not a wimp when it comes to pain, but my little feetsies are, so I gave them a break today and wore my favorite sneakers. Marciano, the driver, wore his, too.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Nicholas Kirkwood presented his new collection this morning.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week
Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Super-cool set design to match the super-cool heels.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Jewelry shopping with mega mega showroom.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Sometimes, you just gotta get down and dirty. Found some really cute things here. Coming to a store near you real soon!

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

A Century of Fashion at Condé Nast was an awesome, compact exhibit at the Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode. My favorite was Guy Bourdin’s first photo for Vogue, February 1955—and, of course, all the other fashion photog masters, including Albert Watson, Horst P. Horst, William Klein amd more current photographers like Inez and Vinoodh and Terry Richardson.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

Then a quick coffee and amazing people-watching with Justinian and Camilla at L’Avenue in the 8th arrondissement.

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

And the night ends with me, Joey and James at our favorite bar, Carr’s, which is just a divey hole in the wall really. And that leads to airplanes on the bed…

Nordstrom's Olivia Kim at Paris Fashion Week

…and the best discovery super late at night: hotel potato chips!! Woo hoo!

Check out our latest all-menswear Pop-In, Heartbreakers Club, and take a peek at what Olivia’s loving right now.

Guess who I found across the pond? Our fan favorite here on the blog, Miss Lainy Hedaya! This New York-based blogger (Haute Inhabit) is enjoying a much-needed break from the snow, as am I.

Lainy’s just one of those girls who look effortlessly cool all the time. Her draped tuxedo jacket and oversized button-up pair perfectly with her slim leather trousers to create the ultimate city-chic look.


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Black Blazers | Lace Pumps | Leather Pants

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Band of Outsiders Blazer | Nicholas Kirkwood Lace Pump | Rachel Zoe Coated Jeans

December 3, 2013

British Fashion Awards 2013

The UK’s leading fashion figures assembled last night at the London Coliseum for the 2013 British Fashion Awards. Accolades were bestowed upon 16 fashion influencers, in categories ranging from Designer of the Year to Model of the Year. Find out which brands from our Designer Collections received top honors!


Nicholas Kirkwood, the 2013 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award winner, held an intimate presentation in the 1st arrondissement of Paris to unveil his spring ’14 line. Using three distinctive motifs, Kirkwood demonstrated his ability to create covetable footwear that appeals to a variety of lifestyles.

“You see several underlining themes in this collection,” says Kirkwood. “The first is sort of a Moroccan feel with the raffia, laser cutting and jacquards. Then, there’s a sporty ’70s vibe that features high-tech low soles. I’ve always played with hidden details, and for spring, it’s a pearl under the heel or a triangle-shaped heel. Buckles introduced for this current fall are back with a vengeance. Lastly, there are transitional day-to-evening options.”

Learn more about the British wunderkind in our exclusive Behind the Seams interview.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

Known for the architectonic quality of his designs and his wondrous use of color, Nicholas Kirkwood has wowed the fashion world since launching his namesake label in 2005. Britain’s shoe wunderkind phoned The Thread while en route to London from New York’s JFK airport to discuss paving his own path to success.

And the Winner Is… Kirkwood kicked off the new year by snagging the prestigious BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and presenting his spring 2013 collection on the heads of models

THE THREAD: Since winning the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund award in January, which mentor has been the most influential in advancing your business?

NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD: We have two mentors. One has a financial background and the other one is Kurt Geiger, who I’ve actually already been working with. The advice we’ve received on brand building and wholesale distribution from a retail stance has been really helpful, particularly because I’m growing my own retail business.

Mad Hatter: Kirkwood worked for the Royal family’s go-to milliner, Philip Treacy, for five years and embraced his architectural aesthetic

THE THREAD: Philip Treacy is constantly challenging the perception of what a hat should be and the role it should play in a woman’s dressing. Do you feel some of his rebellious spirit rubbed off on you in terms of your approach to shoe design?

KIRKWOOD: Philip has certainly served as inspiration. I was surrounded by his creations every day. He gave me my first introduction to the world of accessories, and that was definitely a turning point for me in terms of the direction I wanted to take my career. His studio is like a creative playground. Working with him allowed me to think about shoes in a different way, maybe in a more sculptural way, because at the time I had a limited art background. The sculptural element really came natural to me.


Tulle Jewel: Nicholas Kirkwood Ruffle Trim Pump with dramatic goldtone stiletto heel

THE THREAD: Manolo Blahnik has served as an inspiration for you too. If you ever had a chance to interview him, what one question would you have to ask?

KIRKWOOD: Wow, that’s quite a question. I suppose I’d ask him at what point did he feel he was really at the top of his game, and what did that feel like?

British Besties ♥ NK: Model Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora—English ‘it’ girls—are both known to rock Kirkwood designs for work and play. This past May, Rita wore a custom-made pair of pumps by Kirkwood to the MET gala

THE THREAD: How does the city of London and its fashion influencers inspire your creative point of view?

KIRKWOOD: London is a creatively open city. It’s got great schools like Central Saint Martins that have a longstanding history of producing some of the greatest artists and fashion inventors. Naturally there’s a certain energy to London, which makes it a very inspiring city to live and work in. There’s an independence in London’s culture which really motivates people to try something new, and you can see that in everything from music to art to fashion.

THE THREAD: You created a very edgy yet timeless pump to complement the dress that singer Rita Ora wore to this year’s MET gala, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Can you tell us a little more about the design?

KIRKWOOD: The design is based on a classic pump shape. Rita had a dress made up by Thakoon, which had chains running through it and gave the fabric a metal element. I wanted the shoe to look as though someone splashed or kicked a load of studs on the front of the shoe and they just randomly degraded out.

Style Mystique: Jennifer Lawrence promotes her upcoming movie X-Men: Days of Future Past at Comic-Con in San Diego, donning a bandage dress from Alexander McQueen Resort 2014 and sleek pointy-toe Lace Pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood

THE THREAD: You’re not short on the number of celebrity fans or fashion design awards: Footwear News Emerging Talent Vivian Infantino award in 2006, AltaRoma/Vogue Italia award for accessories design in 2007, British Fashion Awards Swarovski Emerging Talent in 2008. With so many admirers and accolades, what is the best compliment you’ve ever received about one of your shoe designs?

KIRKWOOD: Funny enough, [the rapper] Rick Ross mentioned me in a his song ["All I Really Want": “Baby girl, my money good, who turned her on to Nicholas Kirkwood.”] and that was definitely a compliment.

Walk This Way: Kirkwood has designed the runway shoes for New York-based design duo SUNO for the past three seasons. For fall ’13, his clever use of color on these ‘80s inspired Chelsea-print ankle boots feels so right now

THE THREAD: Do you feel shoes are the index of a personal status?

KIRKWOOD: It’s a combination of things. Certainly before the shoe years, it was about the “it” bag. Handbags were so prominent for so long. Maybe just in the last 8 to 10 years, have shoes become increasingly more of a focus, even from a designer’s point of view for their runway shows. Shoes maybe were viewed more of just an accessory to show off the clothing, and now they really have become almost an item within themselves. Almost every year, every season, designers are trying to outdo each other with their show shoes. It was probably about three years ago or so that shoes were getting crazier and higher.

Fall Fabulous: Slip into chic comfort wearing the Nicholas Kirkwood Stretch Suede Bootie

THE THREAD: Your fall/winter 2013 collection runs the gamut of shape, color and material. Would you say you have a hero shoe in this latest offering?

KIRKWOOD: I really wouldn’t say there’s a particular shoe. The hero is perhaps more in the fabrication. Also, I started using a new kind of hardware, right on top of the shoe in a way that resembles a buckle. And for spring 2013, I did a zigzag print in suede to explore how to use an exact pattern without printing it. I’m always trying new things that interest me.

Ready to answer London’s call? Ring in fall with Nicholas Kirkwood.

Qianna Smith

Portrait courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

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Since launching his eponymous collection in 2005, Nicholas Kirkwood has stood in a league of his own when it comes to innovative footwear. The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced today that Kirkwood has been chosen as the winner of the 2013 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award. This coveted prize, with nominees including Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead, aids top U.K. emerging design houses with their business development and growth strategy. Kirkwood will be awarded £200,000 and an 18-month mentorship program tailored to help him achieve his goals.

According to the BFC announcement, “The choice to award Nicholas was based on his and business partner Christopher Suarez’s extremely professional 3 year plan and presentation at interview. Nicholas has demonstrated exceptional skill in building a modern, individual and recognizable accessories line.”

Nicholas’s more famous fans—Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel and Kerry Washington, among others—may also agree!

Congrats, Nicholas!

Qianna Smith

When it comes to designer shoes, Nicholas Kirkwood has become a go-to guy for girls who desire luxe, conceptual footwear. And, we must admit, the shoes he crafted for last night’s Victoria’s Secret Angels runway show took fantasy footwear to new heights. Whether it’s Kirkwood you’re craving or a few extra inches, pump up your shoe game with these sky-high platforms.

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