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May 10, 2011

Q&A with Nicholas Kirkwood!


I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to interview Nicholas Kirkwood while he was passing through town.  We met for tea and had a very enjoyable 2 hour conversation at the Crescent. Nicholas and his assitant were a little tired from going to a late night rodeo. Nicholas was so down to earth and so much fun to talk to! Hope you enjoy the Q&A.

If you weren't a shoe designer, what would you be doing?

I think I would still be doing another type of product design. I was always interested in architecture but I didn't want to be in college for seven years. It could have easily been furniture design too I think. After doing fine art at college and then doing an internship at Phillip Treacy, I really felt that accessory design was my calling.

Your shoes have a very animalistic, predatorial feel to them. They often look like they're about to pounce. Is that intentional?

It's not necessarily intentional, but I see what you mean. I think I would say they're aerodynamic, I try to put a little bit of movement in the shoe. I haven't thought about it that way but its much more dynamic!

I have to ask, were your parents super proud of you when you won the British Fashion accessory award?

Yes, they were, they've been very supportive of me since the beginning. They've watched it grow and of course they were delighted! They both came to the ceremony.

Does your mom wear your shoes?

She had them--she wears my flat shoes! I have started doing some lower heels but they aren't quite low enough for her.

What music do you listen to when you design shoes?

I wait until everybody is out of the office so I can play really noisy music with guitars!

What is the most challenging part of being a shoe designer?

Juggling  time! I'm in Italy three days a week. It's a struggle finding time to actually design. Something always comes up. I've only had one week's vacation in seven years. Time is definitely the biggest challenge.

Do you have a favorite shoe you've ever designed?

It keeps changing. You think you've designed your favorite shoe, and then something better comes along. If I ever design what I think is a perfect shoe, then I'd just stop designing. What would be the point of making worse shoes after that? I want the look to evolve constantly.

Who is your favorite shoe designer besides yourself?

I'd say Andre Perugia, Rogier Vivier and Ferragamo because for the periods they were designing inthey were doing things that had never been done before. They really pushed the boundaries of technology and shape for their time.

What are you doing in Dallas, besides going to the rodeo?

Haha, we came for the rodeo! No, we came to visit a couple of stores--we're touring the states trying to visit as many of the stores who carry us as possible. For two weeks I've been in a plane almost every day! Next up is Chicago.

I've noticed that you like to mix the materials you work in. What materials are you working i right now?

When I started out I was into using unusual materials more, I use less of a mix now and focus more on customizing the materials I do work in. For example, screen-printing or laser cutting or customized textiles. None of these are new techniques but it helps make sure that it's not going to be what anyone else is doing.

Last question: if you could ban one shoe, what would it be?

Where do I start?? Let's leave it at crocs and high heel sneakers!

Thank you so much for your time Nicholas, hope the rest of your travels were happy and we can't wait to see what you do next!



May 05, 2011


My mom got this 80's Krizia wolf sweater at a Salvation Army sale, along with two other Krizia animal sweaters. I had to try them on right away! The wolf looks like hes going to leap off my chest.

Hungry thirsty like the wolf?? Worn with Currtent Elliot jeans and Alaia hiking boots.

I got this pale green nail polish in Japan last year--by Sweets Sweets. 

May 03, 2011


I did a little online window shopping at Barneys in celebration of our upcoming sweepstakes for Mothers Day. Don't forget to share your mothers day memories with me and my mom for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Barneys!  Click here to enter.

1. Lucifer Vir Honestus Dentini Ring: I really, really want this ring.  My mom and I both love rose gold, but I'm especially attracted to free from shape and use of the diamonds--Where is my prince charming?

2. Christopher Kane biker jacket:  I'm in love with this sheer lace biker jacket with epaulets from Christopher Kane.  This jacket would go with jeans or over a summery dress.  It's the perfect biker jacket for Texas and warm weather.
3. Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Lost Boys Sunglasses:  I love the snakeskin wrapped frames on these sunglasses and the pink color gives these shades an 80's throwback.
4. Ann Demeulemeester Sandals:  Everyone that reads my blog knows that Ann D. shoes are an essential part of my wardrobe.  The shoes this season really hit the mark.  I love how the straps and buckles come off as intricate and tough at the same time.
5. Leopard Givenchy bag:  I love this Givenchy  Leopard print calf hair duffle with top zip, rolled leather handles and flat leather shoulder strap.  I always love the classic silhouette of the Givenchy bag, and adding leopard makes it extra irressitable!!

May 02, 2011


It was an honor to be included among the 32 bloggers asked to help raise funds for Bulgari's Save the Children campaign, which helps to provide education for children in need . Bulgari has pledged $ 7.5 million for this campaign!  A purchase of this ring will contribute 75 dollars to Save the Children. It's a beautiful ring for a wonderful cause.

To see the rest of the campaign look here.

I wore it with a Free People velvet jacket and bracelets, Current & Elliot jeans, and Martin Margiela booties from spring 2008.


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