Not content with winning awards as a shoe designer, Britain’s Nicholas Kirkwood has collaborated with Atelier Swarovski on a collection of show-stopping jewelry.
Quietly honing his craft since 2004, Nicholas Kirkwood has recently seen his shoe line’s popularity explode, with high-profile collaborations and well-timed store openings putting him in a position to contend with the big boys. Rodarte, Peter Pilotto and Erdem, among others, have called on him for creations tailored specifically for their shows. Whether featuring hand-painted florals for Erdem or illuminated heels for Rodarte, each pair retains Kirkwood’s signature style. In recognition of those prestigious partnerships, he was accorded the Swarovski Emerging Talent prize at the 2008 British Fashion Awards and nominated for the 2012 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
Having used SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to adorn his early collections, Kirkwood has been eager to find new ways to utilize them. Last year, he teamed up with the company to create a spectacular, one-off pair of glittering heels to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee; in 2011, he designed a limited-edition collection inspired by legendary New York pop artist, Keith Haring, that included crystal-encrusted, thigh-high rollerskate boots.
Kirkwood has recently collaborated with Atelier Swarovski for the second time on the creation of a contemporary jewelry collection for Spring/Summer 2013. The necklaces, cuffs, rings, and earrings are available in silver with blue opalescent crystals, gold with bronze topaz crystals and gunmetal with jet crystals. Softened by leather and edged with pavé crystals, their lines are a blend of sharp and sinuous.
The Atelier Swarovski by Nicholas Kirkwood collection is available at atelierswarovski.com.
Lauren Milligan writes for vogueuk.com.