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Nicholas Kirkwood talks arcade inspiration

Nicholas Kirkwood talks arcade inspiration

Nicholas Kirkwood has based his ten-year anniversary collection on all the things he loved as a child.

The 35-year-old shoe designer enjoys reminiscing about growing up in the '80s, especially when it comes to recalling the toys he used to play with. He decided to bring this into play when creating a range of footwear to mark a decade of his business, translating as creating special boxes for the shoes.

"So there are ten styles and they’re all based on ones that I’ve done over the last ten years. I’ve fused that with the idea of all the things that I loved in the first ten years of my life-like Pac-Man, Star Wars and Back to the Future references, and all these kind of fast cars and toys,” he explained to WWD.

Nicholas threw a party to celebrate his landmark anniversary on Saturday (18Sep15), with guests including Jourdan Dunn, Amber Le Bon, Poppy Delevingne and Dree Hemingway.

Entertainment came in the form of a model version of the famous DeLorean car from the Back to the Future franchise, with many of the guests posing for pictures with it. There were also arcade games for people to play with during the event, as well as the new footwear line on display.

Nicholas chatted about his youth spent wiling away hours in arcades, with his favourite series of films Star Wars.

"[I love Princess Leia] because she’s fab, isn’t she?” he laughed. "[C-3PO too.] He’s a little bit annoying but he looks cool."

The designer is famed for making shoes which look edgy but are also wearable, something which has been important to him since he began in the industry. In part this is because he once tried to wear a pair of high heels, which showed him just how painful they can be.

"I managed to squeeze into a pair once and that was really painful, but they were two sizes too small and I wasn’t used to walking in high heels!” he previously laughed to British magazine InStyle. “Comfort is definitely important – absolutely. I have a very slightly wider fit than some other designers, just literally a couple of millimetres, but it makes a huge difference when you have to stand in them all day.”

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