Haring Hooves

>> The minor event is that the in-the-pipeline standalone Nicholas Kirkwood store is now officially open on 5 Mount Street adding to the strong bevy of openings like Loewe, Roland Mouret and Mackintosh adding to the designer heap pile.  I say minor because it was of course an inevitability for Nicholas Kirkwood as a company, which has seen extraordinary growth in in sales in the past two years and is pretty much an established major player in shoeland…

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The major event is that Nicholas Kirkwood's collaboration with 80s artist Keith Haring is now on display at the Mount Street store in its entirity and available to buy too should you wish to own something that I'll probably see in a museum exhibition in about 40 years time (should I still be here…) and I'll reminisce "Ah…. I remember seeing those at the store… ah there were many spilt Chambord-mixed drinks there…"  I first saw the seeds of Kirkwood's collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation when I visited him at his old studio for the Selfridges Shoespaper feature and saw the amazing sketches that have now circulated around the blogosphere.  Kirkwood has taken motifs from Haring's work and applied onto an array of exaggerated shoe shapes that hark back to his pre-occupation with sculpturally challenging footwear. 

Even the floorboards have been painted with a cartoonish pronounced patina that matches the exhibition of the collaboration…

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Nowness has premiered a neat little Swarovski-sponsored film that explains how the collaboration came about and what fascianted Kirkwood about Haring but the proof are in these visually spectacular shoes that are fortunately not just one-off artefacts but wearable entities, much like his other stunning collaborations and his own mainline, that have you scratching your head thinking "How did he just THINK up a shoe like that?" 

Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring on Nowness.com.

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27 Replies to “Haring Hooves”

  1. SB, I love this blog! ive taken a look once (sometimes twice) daily for over a year now. thanks for bringing me beauty and inspiration so often!

  2. This blog is awesome! It feeds my recent obessesion with high heels shoes, but these shoes have a fun twist on them that makes them even more different. I love it. You’re always coming across some quirky things that I admire. Reading your blog motivated me to start one of my own: “Pop Kulture.”

  3. keith haring! i really love his work, and when it’s on shoes it’s even better! he was featured in a street art show where i live, and i loved looking at all of his pieces.

  4. Susie,
    Amazing post. I hope you don’t mind I have shown these shoes to my readers in Dubai on my site. Always inspired by you xxx
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  5. Wow, it’s awesome! I love Haring. A few days ago, I bought a book about him and he was really interesting man! I want all these shoes! And all of his works! 😀

  6. Wow, I’m speechless. Haring has always fascinated me, and I highly covet this footwear! Wearing his artwork at all times, I can only dream of it!

  7. what a clever collaboration! I think the skates with heels is so amazing! Makes me wonder if people can actually skate in heels! haha

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