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Fashion (Canada) - - Contents - —Cait­lan Moneta

Gor­geous new col­lab­o­ra­tions: Bul­gari x Ni­cholas Kirk­wood and Sorel x Chloé; we talk weather with Alas­d­hair Wil­lis of Hunter; the new Tif­fany Metro is a re­minder of the jew­eller’s 170-year time­piece legacy.

Footwear de­signer Ni­cholas Kirk­wood has a very dis­tinct style. There is of­ten a soft curve in the heel, a hid­den pearl de­tail and un­ortho­dox colour com­bi­na­tions―all of which make his new hand­bag col­lab­o­ra­tion with jew­ellery gi­ant Bul­gari in­trigu­ing. In prepa­ra­tion for the de­signs, Kirk­wood vis­ited the Bul­gari ate­lier in Rome, where he viewed the com­pany’s be­spoke jew­ellery pieces. “I wanted to cre­ate a col­lec­tion for Bul­gari that takes their clas­sic Ser­penti in­signia and gives it a con­tem­po­rary feel,” says Kirk­wood. “I also looked at the hexagon, one of my brand’s in­signia and some­thing I noted on the head of the enamel snake on the Ser­penti bag clasp.” The BUL­GARI X NI­CHOLAS KIRK­WOOD col­lec­tion ranges from a black leather back­pack to an elon­gated en­ve­lope clutch in Cray­ola brights. The high-shine metal­lic hard­ware and all-over enamel dec­o­ra­tions look like they were lifted from a jew­ellery box. “Al­though they are two com­pletely dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, hand­bags and shoes share sim­i­lar er­gonomics, espe­cially in terms of struc­ture and sil­hou­ette,” says Kirk­wood. “The process felt quite fa­mil­iar and nat­u­ral to me.” Clearly, Kirk­wood and Bul­gari had no trou­ble find­ing com­mon ground.

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