When English designer Nicholas Kirkwood opened his first store last May in London, it was with the plan to expand to New York within a year. “We made it in just under 10 days,” said Kirkwood in a phone interview last week, a few days before he traveled here for the Friday store opening, at 807 Washington Street.
Kirkwood, who launched in 2004 and remains independently owned, said he decided on the Meatpacking District after scouting sites in SoHo, where he couldn’t find a street to suit him, and uptown, where spaces were on the small side. The New York store was implemented on what Kirkwood said was the immediate success of his London boutique. “It really started working and supporting itself right from the start, so it sped up the [retail] process.”
The 1,500-square-foot space is similar to the Mount Street boutique in its minimal palette and gallerylike setting, done in shades of white, gray and taupe, so “the shoes can be the color,” said Kirkwood, who is known for his fantastical, architectural designs. He worked with architect Mehrnoosh Khadivi on the interior, which also features a Corian-framed entrance that leads into the chevron Versailles parquet floor in white concrete. There are polished Marmorino displays and a large circular skylight that makes use of the natural light from the garden at the rear of the store.
Situated across from the site of the new Whitney Museum of Art, the boutique will house Kirkwood’s complete collection, as well as all collaborations, which have included shoes for Rodarte, Prabal Gurung and the Keith Haring Foundation.
Once New York opens, Kirkwood and his business partner, Christopher Suarez, plan to look into new markets. “We want to use the store to help our other retailers,” said Kirkwood. “I don’t do a show, so this is a way I can present the collection in my environment. It’s definitely a good way to project an image for a shoe brand.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)