Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring

Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring.
Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood collaborating with Keith Haring is so CDG’s Rei Kawakubo x Matt Groening in how much it splodes our brain. Nicholas Kirkwood, whose cobbling genius can be seen in the way he plays delicate lace uppers and spindly stilettos off of chunky platforms and glinting hardware, is as much a sculptor as he is a shoemaker and unsurprisingly has a background in art.

“I actually studied fine art at Central Saint Martins,” he says, “The combination of fashion and art is very interesting for me. I never claim to be an artist. I’m a designer. But I think there are areas in which they can merge, and that overlap is exciting.”

Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring.
Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

The series is, sadly (tragically, horrifyingly) not for sale but can be seen as a part of an installation for The Arnhem Mode Biennale that runs this month through to July 3. The nine shoes that include an over-the-knee roller skate will be presented in a space dedicated to mimic Keith Haring’s pop-up shop in downtown New York. Makes our eyeballs hum just thinking about it.

Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring.
Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood