Insider: Tea With Kirkwood… Cinderella’s Slippers

Tea Time
Nicholas Kirkwood is headed to Wonderland. The designer was tapped by the Paris-based department store Printemps to create a special shoe for a window display timed to coincide with the Tim Burton-directed “Alice in Wonderland,” which opens March 5. Insider got a sneak peek at a sketch of the teaparty- and rose-inspired shoes (below). Kirkwood, a longtime fan of Alice’s adventure, said he was thrilled to be a part of the project, as well as to be the only accessories designer asked to participate, alongside Haider Ackermann, Charles Anastase, Manish Arora, Chloé, Ann Demeulemeester, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Maison Martin Margiela and Bernhard Willhelm, who were all invited to interpret Alice’s dress. “I’m very happy to be involved in this project as I love ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” Kirkwood said.  “My interpretation for Alice is all about fantasy and fun through escapism.”

Champagne Wishes
Insider got an early look at the new, $7,500 fairy-tale-inspired Q by Pasquale collection, designed, engineered and developed by Pasquale Fabrizio, often referred to as “the shoe cobbler to the stars.” Amazingly, the shoes are made of Murano glass with 24-carat gold beading — the first of their kind, Fabrizio said. “We’re dealing with something that’s very unique here that has never been done before,” he said. “I’ve been working with the prototypes for the past year and half. It’s so exciting to be able to show them.” The official unveiling will take place on Jan. 29 during a champagne reception at Fabrizio’s Los Angeles studio. On display will be five styles from the über-limited, 100-pair collection. No word on celebrities expected for the event, but given Fabrizio’s work with Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s sure to be a star-packed soirée, one literally fit for a princess. And come Oscar night, Fabrizio said he’s hoping to outfit a starlet for her red-carpet walk. “We’re looking for the next Cinderella,” he mused.

Capsule Talk
If you thought you saw a brightly colored limo cruising the streets of Park City, Utah, last week, you saw right. Stefan Dahlkvist of the whimsical Moods of Norway told Insider during the Capsule trade show in New York that he would take the brand’s party limo to Sundance to ferry brand fans and celebs around the annual film festival. Dahlkvist said it was his brand’s first time in Park City — but not its first dalliance with the Hollywood crowd. Last spring, the brand opened its first U.S. store, in Los Angeles on Robertson Boulevard (right next to Kitson). Elsewhere at Compass, Insider also caught up with Barney Waters, VP of marketing for K-Swiss-owned Palladium. Waters was excited to talk about the line’s new high-end collection and about life in California, which he relocated to after joining the brand from Boston-based Puma. Is he missing the winter weather? Not hardly. “It’s paradise,” Waters said with a smile.

“Even though I sell clothing, I have other interests.” That’s how Greg Selkoe, founder and CEO of Boston-based e-tailer Karmaloop, explains why he took up his latest gig as political blogger for lefty Website The Huffington Post. Selkoe said he’s always been politically active: Karmaloop registered young people to vote in the last election and he often writes letters to the New York Times. But, he said, it was his PR reps who told him, “‘You have a lot of opinions on political things. Since Karmaloop has been a success, you should use it as a platform.’” His inaugural blog post, on Jan. 6, was on the subject of gay rights, and the retailer said future posts would include pet topics such as youth engagement, the environment and public transportation. “It’s gratifying to know that people [care] about what I have to say,” he said. And even better, so far he hasn’t had a complaint — without a doubt a first in politics.

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