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Edgy and Classic,Funky yet Timeless–Nicholas Kirkwood Shoes

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Blake Lively (2012), Sarah Jessica Parker(2010), Miranda Kerr (2011) and their Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals

 On Blake Lively (left)

Dress: Opening Ceremony (no in store yet, adore this version)
Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood Patent leather-trimmed satin sandals (love this color!)
Accessories: similar belt, bangle and earrings

On Sarah Jessica Parker (middle)
Jacket: A.L.C. (great style by Helmut Lang)
Top: similar by A.L.C.
Jeans: similar by 7 For All Mankind
Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood Fall 2010 collection (love this year’s navy version)
Accessories: similar hat by Goorin Brothers

On Miranda Kerr (right)
Dress: Peter Pilotto (adore this neutral shade)
Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood platform sandal (love this version)
Clutch: Calvin Klein (great style by Christian Louboutin)

 For me, the first name in the enormous shoes world that can be considered in the same league as Alexander McQueen in the clothing word will undoubtedly be Nicholas Kirkwood.

Although the brand was launched a few year ago (in 2005), Nicholas Kirkwood’s funky, eye-catching, architectural footwear definitely makes him the king when it comes to statement footwear.

His collection deeply changed my opinion on statement accessories: as a minimalist, I only wear them with neutrals and understated pieces. But Nicholas Kirkwood shows that these bold, wow babies can be so versatile and timeless.

They are much more practical than we thought they were. Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker and Miranda Kerr (their outfits above and below) show us that high quality statement footwear can go with everything–from solid colors to neutrals, from bold geometric to sweet floral; and can company us year round–from summer to fall, from office to event.

Featured item: Nicholas Kirkwood sandals:

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Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals on Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker and Miranda Kerr

Sarah Jessica Parker rocks statement shoes a lot and this Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals from the brand’s fall 2010 collection have no exceptions. She wore it with basic black and white, with bold animal or floral print and from airport to red carpet!

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Sarah Jessica Parker and her Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals

My favorite look is the left one–she paired it with white blazer and zebra dress. (check this look in my previous post here.)

Her outfit (left):
Blazer: Stella McCartney
Dress: Blumarine (great style by McQ – Alexander McQueen)
Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood Fall 2010 collection (love this year’s navy version)
Bag: similar by Marc Jacobs
Accessories: similar gold cuff by Soixante Neuf or NEST

Below are some similar choices for Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals:

Designer versions:

Dolce & Gabbana woven lace-up peep-toe ankle boots:

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Dolce & Gabbana woven lace-up peep-toe ankle boots

Manolo Blahnik Fonden spectator sandal: (great neutral colors here and here)

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Manolo Blahnik Fonden spectator sandal

Jimmy Choo gladys suede sandals:

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Jimmy Choo gladys suede sandals

Grey Mer leather net lace up sandals:

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Grey Mer leather net lace up sandals

Dolce & Gabbana crocheted mesh & patent leather peep toe ankle boots:

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Dolce & Gabbana crocheted mesh & patent leather peep toe ankle boots

Price-friendly alternations (includes on-sale designer choice):

Nine West Miss Priss sandals: 

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Nine West Miss Priss sandals

Jessica Simpson sandals:

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Jessica Simpson sandals

Marni satin sandals (65% off now):

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Marni satin sandals

Diesel Treck Heels:

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Diesel Treck Heels

 

I used to stick to a neutral wardrobe, so I always counted on statement accessories like bags, shoes, costume jewelries to transform my looks. That’s actually one important reason that I fell in love with accessories and built this site. But today’s lesson tells us that statement pieces shouldn’t only be put with neutrals. Be brave and creative when playing with them and have fun!

 

 

 

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