This autumn I've fallen back in love with high heels. For some time I've been avoiding to wear them as I was feeling that it is much more comfortable to wear flats. This might be true, but the fun is not the same. High heels make the figure more noticeable, make you feel more confident, and can come in so many great forms and designs that they can represent real pieces of art.
Speaking of arty shoes I think I have finally found my favorite shoe designer - Nicholas Kirkwood. This Englishman has introduced the "sculpture" shoe, which has a unconventional form, very high and architecturally designed heel, many details and is made of wonderful and specific materials like satin, hand-printed suede and leather, laser cut mirror leather, rubberised leather and the like.
Kirkwood started creating his shoes after working as a milliner in Sir Phillip Treacy studio in London. There he realized that as hats make the outfit complete, so do shoes, and outfits from designers like Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan simply didn't have a decent supplement in the shoe department. That was when Kirkwood enrolled to study about shoe making and soon started cooperating with designers like Rodarte, Ghost, John Rocha...In 2008 KIrkwood was appointed accessories designer at Pollini. Since July 2009 he has his own space in London.
Speaking about inspiration Kirkwood states that there isn't anything in particular that inspires him, sometimes as he says the design comes out of nothing. He also explains that a certain design goes thorough many changes in the designing process. First it is an idea, a scatch on paper, then it is being developed and a 3D model is made, and then the final design is defined.
For season 2010/2011 Kirkwood has created shoes inspired by the art of the American contemporary artist Keith Haring. These shoes are very pop and a bit different from what has Kirkwood done so far, but still have his very creative moment embedded in the designs. The collection will be available worldwide in February 2011.
|Keith Haring collection|