Actress Elizabeth Banks recently walked the red carpet at the American Music Awards in an eye-popping pair of bright orange Nicholas Kirkwood Curved Heel Sandals. If you love the look of these sculpted satin and PVC Nicholas Kirkwoods, you can find a basic black version for $1,195 at Moda Operandi.

While one would assume Elizabeth attended the AMAs in order to remind everyone that the latest Hunger Games flick is currently in theaters, it’s more likely she made an appearance at a music awards show to do a little side-promotion for her passion project, Pitch Perfect 2, which is in its final stages of gestation.

If we can agree on one thing about Nicholas Kirkwood, it’s that statement shoes are his forte. His architectural shoes are always a work of art, making them some of the most unique and covetable shoes on the market. For Spring 2015, Kirkwood is taking things in an even more eccentric direction.

Along with the brand’s signature laser cutouts, we’re seeing a very playful side to the sophisticated and sexy Kirkwood aesthetic. While we’ve seen some playful detailing from Kirkwood in the past, like fun patterns and the pearl trim, some Spring 2015 sandals are adorned with embroidered stars and colorful patterns; a much bolder statement. I doubt the Nicholas Kirkwood is going to give quirky footwear queens Charlotte Olympia and Sophia Webster a run for their money, but he’s proving that he can make a statement in any direction.

Whether it’s new approaches to his signature designs or charting new shoe territory, either way, Nicholas Kirkwood’s designs are always work to admire.

Kirkwood always seems to outdo his own designs, and this resort collection is a mix of both new looks and fun twists on some of his signature silhouettes. This collection features a lot more platforms and kitten heels than I am used to seeing from the brand, and while both these silhouettes can be a lot of look on their own, the patterns which consume these shoes are equally bold. While I gravitate toward all the pearl-embellished shoes immediately, it’s great to see a designer branch out of his shoe comfort zone, and I can say that I applaud Kirkwood for all these new ideas.

While resort presentations are still debuting, Kirkwood’s collection is one I’ll definitely be on the lookout for in upcoming months!

[Images via WWD]

Shoe: Nicholas Kirkwood Swarovski Pearl-Embellished Satin Platform Pumps

Price: $995 via Moda Operandi

Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: Nicholas Kirkwood gives a timeless black pump a sexy little twist. This slingback, peep-toe beauty adds a white Swarovski pearl platform to become an investment shoe that you’ll want to wear now (and make excuses to wear for years to come).

Even someone like me, who writes about shoes for a living, tends to have favorites when it comes to certain styles or designers that I prefer. What I admire most, though, is when a designer makes me like something that I normally would never consider, and Nicholas Kirkwood has broadened my shoe horizons even more! (more…)

I’m not a person who gravitates toward brights for my own wardrobe, and even if I were, I think I’d have long ago been worn down on the idea by all the “pop of color” nonsense that’s been pushed on fashion fans for what seems like an endless number of season. Just give me a black or silver shoe and let me be, ok? Unless you’re talking about spring’s Nicholas Kirkwood collection, that is. Then give me all the orange, purple, pink and blue you can find.

Kirkwood, with his modern edge and penchant for considered boundary-pushing, has long had this sort of effect on me. Shoes that I wouldn’t want from other people, I want from him. Has a knack for making everything he designs feel sharp, even when they’re objectively just cute pumps or summery sandals. For him, “pop of color” can live on ad infinitum.

Nicholas Kirkwood Floral Embroidered Mush Pumps
$695 via Saks

Nicholas Kirkwood Floral Embroidered Mesh Pumps

Nicholas Kirkwood Mexican Pink Embroidered Sandals
$495 via Saks

Nicholas Kirkwood Mexican Pink Embroidered Sandals

Nicholas Kirkwood Mexican Blue Embroidered Pumps
$595 via Saks

Nicholas Kirkwood Mexican Blue Embroidered Pumps

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model Daniela Pestova recently helped celebrate the magazine’s 50th Anniversary Issue and Barbie collaboration by wearing a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood ZigZag Pumps that perfectly reference the original Barbie’s iconic black and white swimsuit. Has a pink carpet ever been more appropriate, really? You can get Daniela’s exact pumps for $773 at MATCHESFASHION.COM.

In case you were unaware, Barbie got her own Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover this year (it’s an extremely limited edition), which of course has garnered considerable outrage from various bloggers, opinion columnists and feminist media, for reasons that should be pretty obvious. While this all-pink celebratory shindig is pretty adorable from a branding perspective, you have to admit that a Barbie-Swimsuit Edition collab is pretty confusing, especially for young girls.

With Fashion Week coming to a close after so many great collections, it’s a shame that we have to wait until the summer to see these collections hit retailers. Even thoguh you’ll still have to wait to receive your fall shoes, Moda Operandi has a trunk show for the Nicholas Kirkwood Fall/Winter 2014 collection that might soothe some of your shopping angst.

This Kirkwood collection is his most muted collection to date, and it’s a great change from Kirkwood’s signature zany prints. While some subtle versions of these eccentric patterns are present, loyal Kirkwood fans will be able to spot the designer’s other signatures in a second. Kirkwood stays on trend for fall with midi-heels, mules and skater shoes. As for the pumps in this collection, the brand has been in favor of the curved heel for the last two season, and for the Fall 2014 line, Kirkwood stays away from the curved heel and turns more traditionally straight. To give these heels an innovative Kirkwood touch, all feature a new metal accent. As a whole, this is a very genteel Kirkwood collection that will appeal to both loyal Kirkwood fans and potential new customers. Check out our favorite picks in the gallery below and be sure to shop the whole sale on Moda Operandi. You may want to act fast, because this trunk show ends February 17.

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