NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD LAUNCHES MEN’S: Nicholas Kirkwood will unveil his first men’s collection, Nicholas Kirkwood Men’s, in London today. Retailing from $520 to $950, the six silhouettes include a classic oxford, a desert boot, a smoking slipper and a sportier lace-up that borders on a sneaker. “They are still very much based on your classic men’s shoe. The styles are meant to be simple in the pattern, and it really becomes about the material,” Kirkwood told WWD.

Crafted from varying finishes of leather, suede and calf hair, the color palette ranges from a more subdued black, navy and wine group to metallic patent ice blue and silver leather. The designer, who launched his namesake women’s collection eight years ago, said he infused similar motifs like colored zigzags into this collection, as well as microdot nail heads and cap toes. “It’s keeping the same spirit. The smoking slipper is based on the women’s version of the shoe. It’s quite similar but without the glitter, and has a thicker sole rather than a little heel,” Kirkwood added. The line will hit the designer’s namesake boutiques in London and New York in July.

This story first appeared in the January 8, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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