Nicholas Kirkwood brings a new meaning to the term “flower power” for Fall 2015. Kirkwood’s collection is eccentric, but not in ways we’re use to seeing from the British designer. Instead of going for eye-catching colors and bold patterns, Kirkwood takes, relatively speaking, a subdued approach for fall.

Kirkwood’s artistry is evident in this collection through his modern approach to retro motifs; you’ll see ’70s inspired florals plastered atop everything from Mary Jane pumps to his signature loafers. You’ll also find platform heels, which continue with the mega platform moment designers are embracing. These shoes may not be as literal and quirky as we are used to seeing from Kirkwood, but this retro-modern mash-up is a breath of fresh air.

You can pre-order the entire collection below through Moda Operandi, but hurry; this trunkshow ends March 30th.

Shoes: Shoe of the Week: Nicholas Kirkwood Pearl-Embellished Block-Heel Sandals


Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: Add Nicholas Kirkwood to the list of designers following in the revival of the mega platform. While the platform sandals are bold, Kirkwood keeps to his statement-making aesthetic by adding a single pearl in the negative space under the shoe.

Hollywood’s go-to French female lead Marion Cotillard recently attended The Hollywood Reporter‘s 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominees Night Party at Spago in Beverly Hills wearing a futuristic white pair of Nicholas Kirkwood Maeva Pearl Sandals. She paired it with a stunning Carolina Herrera dress with an abstract floral motif. Marion’s sandals are currently available in pink for $895 at Barneys.

The Barney’s product photos will also give you a much better view of that namesake pearl, which is a prominent feature of this NK design (Did you miss it? It’s a little less obvious in these red carpet photos.) This is a somewhat rare, Dior-free look for Marion, who usually relies heavily on the French fashion house for red carpet events.

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…)

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