You may have heard of the London-based shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood, and if you’re reading this blog, then you’ve at least seen his designs. When he established his eponymous line in 2005, Kirkwood quickly rose to international prominence, winning Conde Nast’s award for footwear designer of the year. In the past few weeks, Kirkwood’s designs have garnered more attention since he was nominated, along with Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane and Richard Nicoll, for the British Fashion Council/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize. The winner of which will receive £200,000 and a year of mentoring. Last year’s winner was Erdem Moralioglu.
Even if Kirkwood does not win, he will still receive a year of mentoring, and the nomination alone will boost his already strong label. On his brand’s Facebook page, Kirkwood claims his ‘mission’ is to become the next Louboutin, and we have no doubt he will. His sculptural shoes, which are designed from materials like devoré satin, degradé fabrics, python, and rubberized leather, already have a strong following. In his designs, Kirkwood goes for statements—which are certainly made—but I think his simpler designs, like his red suede buckled pumps, are an equally appealing addition to the brand.