Grazia Daily has always been a massive fan of Nicholas Kirkwood. We seriously heart his gorgeous footwear and have followed his every footstep as he's collaborated with everyone from quirky types like Rodarte and Louise Gray to London Fashion Week greats including Erdem and Roksanda Ilincic. So we were super excited to get the chance to chat to him about who he'd love to see in his heels, British style and err, Rubix cubes...
Hi Nicholas, what are you up to at the moment?
I have been working on the final designs for SS13 which is slowly getting there now. I have also been busy working on a collaboration with Samsung to design a Limited Edition case for the new GALAXY Note 10.1 that will be unveiled on 6th September. It’s great, I’ve been using it non-stop, especially when travelling, as it makes communicating my designs to the factories so much easier. I can literally sketch up something using the S Pen and email it over in a matter of minutes. It’s completely changed how I work on the move.
Sounds good! So let's talk shoes. Do you have a muse when you're designing?
I don't have one muse as such, it’s more of a combination of existing customers and celebrity style icons.
If you could give women one piece of fashion advice, what would it be?
Make sure you feel confident in what you wear, it’s so obvious when the dress or shoes are wearing the girl.
Of all the women who've worn your shoes, which lady were you most excited about?
Tilda Swinton, she has always been a style icon for me and is definitely in the mix as one of my many muses.
Are there any other ladies you’d like to work with?
Cate Blanchett, I think she’s cool and interesting and looks great in a pair of heels.
What are you most proud of in your career?
I’d have to say opening my first store. I think for any designer it’s such a bench mark and for me especially as I helped design it.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in fashion?
Be yourself and design with conviction, it can get all too tempting to sometimes think that a certain style will appeal to a bigger audience if you choose the safer or cheaper fabrication, when actually it just ends up watering down your idea, and quite often doesn't sell as well.
What young or up-and-coming designers are you excited about?
I am helping launch my ex-assistant’s own line of shoes and bags, which will be showing at her first presentation during London fashion week, she is very talented and offers something different to my line.
What's one thing people would we be surprised to know about you?
One of my new year’s resolutions was to learn how to complete the Rubix cube. I can do it now but it still takes me a while.
Is there any current fashion trend happening that you don’t like?
There isn’t anything I particularly hate at the moment but dresses for red carpet events are getting longer and you never see the shoes anymore, which, for me as a shoe designer, can be slightly annoying, unless of course you’re Angelina Jolie in a Jessica Rabbit dress.
It's a great year to be British - what do you love most about British style?
The British girl really embodies that eclectic look, mixes up her vintage with new in a way that is quite unique to Britain.
If you could give one piece of advice to anyone starting out in the fashion industry, what would you say?
Finding the right manufacturer that can interpret your designs they way you imagine is the most invaluable.
Inspired by the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1’s culture of intuitively aiding creativity, productivity and personalised communications, Nicholas has designed an exclusive limited edition leather case for the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, which will be unveiled at Fashion’s Night Out on 6 September, at the Samsung Stage