Kicking a name like Jonathan Saunders out as your creative director will raise an eyebrow or two. That is, until those eyebrows realise the replacement is shoe necromancer Nicholas Kirkwood.
Italian brand Pollini have done just this. In an intelligent move, they have now killed their ready-to-wear and are focusing on their strength – shoes and accessories. The new styles are fantastic, as you can see. In addition to his new placement, Kirkwood has also launched the Pollini ‘Forward Designer’ Project, a unique collaboration where five select designers had shoes for their Spring/Summer 2011 shows produced by the brand. Those involved included Preen, Manish Arora, Meadham Kirchhoff (favourite show of the season), Louise Gray and Michael Van Der Ham. Savvy.