Spring Summer 2017
The spring summer 2017 campaign looks at the unique dialogue that a woman has with shoes. Shot in an old telephone exchange building in south east London and art directed by Jaime Perlman (creative director, Vogue UK), the images have the pure, honest feel of being captured by the wearer herself while she enjoys intimate moments in her home.
A visit to the Arizona desert provided Kirkwood with the initial inspiration for this ‘Crystal Heeling’ collection. His eye turning to healing stones, natural rock formations, the myriad of colour tones there and the captivating warm morning light where every day shades of orange, red and pink would mélange as the sun rises. This trip inspired Kirkwood to introduce some more natural elements such as cork, straw and crystals in to the collection along with an increased use of pearls; a precious and yet totally organic mineral now ubiquitous in Nicholas Kirkwood collections for many seasons.
These natural elements offer an interesting tension with harder more industrial parts of the collection. Features such as liquid metallic leathers, Perspex heels, glittering Lurex, powder coated metal lace up fastenings and polished metal or mesh linear detailing often appearing on the same shoe. Contemporary sensory light artists such as James Turrell and Dan Flavin have long provided Kirkwood with sources of inspiration and these influences perhaps show themselves most in these harder details of the collection.