i got: Nicholas Kirkwood x Erdem Ankle Boots

Sneaky emails and reminder tweets enter my social space once the major discounts start hitting The Room at the Hudson’s Bay. It’s a good time to be hunting for bargains. It’s during these sales periods that I get strategic about things. It’s about desirability of the brand and price. During this magical time that ownership of the brands I lust for becomes attainable. The Room blessed me with an amazing Christopher Kane skirt.

The Room has a great selection of shoes and the pickings are getting pretty slim by the time it’s 60% off plus an extra 40%. This shoe shopping experience was extra fun because I coerced my friend, Natalie into coming. There were a few choices of from my watch list of designers: Kirkwood, Sanderson, Olympia, Alaia, Atwood, Margiela. I tried on a few and stared wistfully at some wishing I had the same size feet as Stefania from Textstyles.ca.

Nicholas Kirkwood x Erdem Ankle Boots
Nicholas Kirkwood x Erdem Ankle Boots

I wandered the racks several times with a pair of pretty loud Erdem x Nicholas Kirkwood ankle boots. They were a thick tweed and had a lot of pink but the fantastic square lucite heel was something you don’t want to walk away from. The tweed pattern was not my style so I decided to keep looking. However, I had Kirkwood x Erdem on the brain and I searched out every pair and every style on those six racks. I found a pair of the ankle boot in a more subdued navy blue. The material was crepe cotton instead of tweed and I liked it better. “There’s a Plan B don’t worry”, I thought to myself as trying them on in case of disappointment. Thankfully, I didn’t need Plan B and the pair of Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem Tweedprint crepe cotton ankle boots came home with me.

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt smug about a shoe purchase. I’m pleased that I now have some Kirkwood in my closet and some Erdem I can wear (I have a beautiful silk Erdem dress that’s too small for me at this time). As you can imagine, they get some stares at the office.

Shoe Specifications:
Lucite heel, 4½” (115mm)
Hidden platform, 1″ (25mm)
Compares to a 3½” heel (90mm)
Made in Italy

images: lyst.com

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010

I was invited to the preview of the ATELIER SWAROVSKI Spring 2010 collection at the Swarovski Bloor street store. The concept of the collection is to pair fashion designer with Swarovski and to come up with seasonal collections.

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Jason Wu

Jason Wu
• Fluid shapes
• Mix of textures
• Femininity
• Movement

• Plating:Ruthenium
• Jason Wu’s collection is offered in two key colourways, Lava with shades of red and pink, and Obsidian with black crystal
• Feminine pieces feature necklaces trimmed with ribbon and clusters of crystal beads and briolette stones decorate bracelets, rings and earrings
• Layers of faceted crystals create a textured, defined silhouette.

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Jason Wu
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Matthew Williamson
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson
• Matthew Williamson signature style – statement pieces in a vibrant palette
• Print used from his Ready-to-Wear collection
• Strong graphic and floral elements
• Architectural crystals

• Colours: Rose – resin pieces in orange rose and purple tones finished in pale gold edging, Sky – resin pieces in blue and green tones finished in Palladium edging
• Plating: Pale gold, Palladium
• An innovative combination of oversized architectural and chequerboard crystals, geometric resin shapes and fine metal edging conveys a modern and futuristic feel
• Chunky chains enhance the bold shapes and colours.

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Matthew Williamson
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood
• Sharp but ultimately feminine
• Diversity of textures
• Geometric lines which follow the contours of the body

• Plating: Palladium, Pale gold, Ruthenium
• Sharp geometric lines are softened by beautiful leather and edged with tiny pavé crystals
• The combination of contrasting textures, pavé crystal, leather and metal create an eye catching and contemporary effect

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Nicholas Kirkwood
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Nicholas Kirkwood

You can find pieces by Nicholas Kirkwood, Jason Wu and Matthew Williamson at the Bloor street store. In addition you can find pieces from Anthony Nak who designed for the Fall 2009 collection. Not available in Toronto is the Spring 2010 collection from Zaha Hadid.

Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010
Atelier Swarovski Spring 2010 Zaha Hadid

My favourites are Jason Wu and Nicholas Kirkwood.  They were both very lovely in person.

images: courtesy of Swarovski

i want: Nicholas Kirkwood Fall 2008 Shoes

Nicholas Kirkwood shoes

Nicholas Kirkwood - Autumn/Winter 08

These are not for the faint of fashion. Kirkwood is genius.

An alumnus of prestigious design schools Central Saint Martin’s and Cordwainers, 27-year-old British designer Nicholas Kirkwood launched his eponymous collection in Spring 2005. The collection of architecturally inspired pieces with a blend of genres subverting the relationship between tradition and modernity instantly won the attention of Grace Jones, Daphne Guinness, the late Isabella Blow and Cecilia Dean of Visionaire as well as rave reviews from industry insiders…Kirkwood’s shoe making talent has meant he is much sought after by the design community. Recently French fashion house Chloé employed him to consult on their AW 07 collection. Kirkwood has collaborated with an array of established and emerging designers including Gareth Pugh, Zac Posen, Phillip Lim, Doo Ri, Boudicca, Belstaff, Basso & Brooke and Louise Goldin.(source)

Nicholas Kirkwood is available in Toronto at
Plum Shoes
29 Bellair St. (at York ville Ave.)
416 964 141

images: Nicholas Kirkwood