Nicholas Kirkwood Debuts Spring Collection At Saks

Nicholas Kirkwood's spring collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
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To say we're bananas about shoes is an understatement. Give us sky-high platforms, wooden clod-hoppers, sparkle oxfords, or neon yellow heel warriors and we're beaming with everlasting joy. Give us a pair designed by Nicholas Kirkwood, however, and we're gone. Finito. Passed out under the table. You guys, Nicholas Kirkwood's heels, nay works of art, are so bazonkers amazing, we need to break out the smelling salts when a new collection debuts. And once you see them in person and/or feel their gloriousness on your feet—like we did last night at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan (*squee*)—their beauty becomes three-dimensional yet still totally unreal. Mr. Kirkwood himself was in attendance from his native Britain to debut the spring collection, and from the lines of well-heeled ladies waiting to get a moment of his time to the oohing and ahhhing over a pair of scribbled flower color block platforms, we knew we died and went to shoe heaven.

Nicholas Kirkwood's Scribble Flower shoe and sketch from his spring collection at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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"It's about having femininity without being girly and having structural elements while not being too fierce," Kirkwood told us about his spring collection.Our favorite interpretation of this idea was the Scribble Flower Colorblock heel (above), which was also displayed with an original sketch of the shoe. Wouldn't it be fun if someone wore these red, white, and yellow beauties on the red carpet? Or if we maybe won the lottery so we could wear them ourselves? *Sigh* They're SO GOOD. One of Kirkwood's notable design flourishes is a very high, thin heel. When we asked why he tends to give his shoes such height he said, "I could make them a lot higher! Height makes a woman stand differently." Aside from making you taller, he said that it's actually a confidence booster too. "It emphasizes all the right curves of the body...you arch your back and your bum sticks out," he said. "It's the one accessory that physically changes the shape of you."

Black platforms from Nicholas Kirkwood's spring collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
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Kirkwood uses music to help him design. "I put my headphones on, play music really loud, and I start doodling," he said. Favoring a mix of '80s and '90s rock and electronic bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Daft Punk, and Depeche Mode, we thought we could feel some of the influences in his harder edged shoes. These black satin platform heels look like ink wings on your feet when you try them on. Also? They're PERFECT.

Satin laser-cut flats from Nicholas Kirkwood's spring collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
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Lest you think Nicholas Kirkwood only designs killer heels, he's into laser-cut satin lace-ups and sandals too. The spring collection is all about "a fun girl" who isn't afraid to tip herself out with a bit of color or whimsy. Oh, and she mustn't be allergic to flowers.

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Floral satin platform heels from Nicholas Kirkwood's spring 2012 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Our eyes are watering. #Swoon

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