Nicholas Kirkwood

Spring/Summer 2010 | Spring/Summer 2013

True to the spirit of the shoes for which he is known, British footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood has created jewelry defined by contrasting materials and finishes, brought to life by Swarovski crystals. The designer’s two collections with Atelier Swarovski are strikingly different, one a subtle play on textures, the other infused with shocking color, yet both share the same fascination with the perfect line.

"The Swarovski elements bring the fluid shapes of the jewelry to life."

— Nicholas Kirkwood

The sharp lines and architecturally-inspired curves of the Spring/Summer 2010 collection are softened by the leather finish, textured to resemble snake skin, and edged with tiny pavé crystals for subtle, serpentine shimmer. Silver metalwork is set with pacific opal crystals, gold with light Colorado topaz and gunmetal with jet colored crystals. The 2013 collection retains the flowing lines but adds outsized creamy crystal pearls and flashes of hot pink and turquoise. The result is a more overtly feminine collection which curves naturally around the body.

A graduate of Central Saint Martins and Cordwainers, Nicholas Kirkwood set up his eponymous label in 2005 and won the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in 2008. Innovation remains at the heart of his aesthetic—he pioneers the use of unusual skins such as alligator skin in suede, shaved stingray and rubberized leather and eschews overt decoration to focus on the shape and fit of the shoes. He collaborated with Chloé on the house’s Autumn/Winter 2007 collection and has created shoes for the runway shows of Rodarte, Peter Pilotto and Erdem.

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