Nicholas Kirkwood Shares An Exclusive Spring 2017 Shoe Sketch

For spring ’17, Nicholas Kirkwood headed to the desert for design inspiration. His new open-toe bootie drew influences from a trip the designer took to Arizona, specifically referencing its prickly pear cacti.

“The starting point for my spring ’17 collection came from a trip to the desert in Arizona, looking at the vast and dramatic landscapes while drawing inspiration from my favorite artists Dan Flavin, James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson,” said Kirkwood. “Throughout the collection there is a very prevalent juxtaposition of natural elements married with graphic components.”

Nicholas Kirkwood Spring 2017 Shoes
Nicholas Kirkwood spring ’17 cut-out bootie.
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Kirkwood’s fall ’16 collection was inspired by another location: Los Angeles in the 1980s. “There was a dreaminess as well,” he said. The collection included floral print platforms, embellished booties and black velvet thigh-highs.

The designer recently moved his London headquarters to Soho from Mayfair. He also celebrated 10 years in business in 2015.

For more spring ’17 sketches, click through the gallery.

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