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Nicholas Kirkwood – Day 1

Having created shoes fit for the yellow brick road, as well as for several shows at London Fashion Week, the designer is feeling a little frazzled

Nicholas Kirkwood – Day 1

Image: Sophie Delaporte

February 19 2013
Nicholas Kirkwood

Day: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

It’s been a fairly manic Monday after a last-minute trip to the factories in Italy to finalise preparations on show shoes for London Fashion Week. Then straight back to London yesterday to put the finishing touches on a capsule collection of shoes inspired by the upcoming Disney film Oz The Great and Powerful. It’s the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, and I can’t wait to see it. Eventually, the shoes will go on sale in Selfridges, where they’ve planned an Emerald City-themed shop.

So after a hectic weekend of flying and meetings, I am pretty pleased that today, day four of London Fashion Week, is all about the incredible and inspiring designers I get to work with each season.

First up, I head straight to the Topshop Show Space to check in on Sophia Webster. Sophia worked with me prior to launching her own brand and I am thrilled she is presenting again after winning Newgen (a prize for upcoming designers) for the second year running. It’s fantastic to see her success grow and I am happy to have played a part in it as a mentor and supporter. Her preparation is going well and her playful unicorn-inspired set, designed by the brilliant Gary Card, will hopefully impress the fashion editors and buyers.

I have been working with Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos for a number of seasons now, and find creating show shoes for them such a spontaneous and exciting collaboration – it’s all about working with the other designer to create something that completes their whole look. The Pilotto show looks incredible. It’s always a tad nerve-racking watching the first couple of models on any runway negotiating heel heights, but so far, so good.

It’s always hard to actually squeeze in some work on my mainline collection at this time of year. The team and I are busy working on the runway pieces that will be shown alongside the autumn/winter 2013 collection in Paris in early March, so as soon as I walk through the door I’m bombarded with questions from production team chasing my sign off on colourways, leathers and embellishments. I’m just managing to stay calm.

Just before 2pm I leave the studio with Christopher Suarez, my business partner, to go to the Erdem show, the final one of the day. Erdem and I have worked on some incredible shoes – the towering platforms from last season were a feat in construction, and this season is no different. The show is a whole new look for Erdem and I’m happy with how the shoes have turned out. Then it’s straight back to the studio to deal with the overwhelming number of emails before I can begin to call it a day.