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Posted on May 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

I’ve always firmly believed in the importance of the strong connection between fashion and other arts. Nowadays fashion is business,but there are rare examples of designers who keep on pushing the boundaries of their creativity. When they include a reference to a work of art in their designs, or use traditional techniques (think of the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, used by Alexander McQueen and later by Sarah Burton in Kate Middleton’s wedding dress), you realize you’re witnessing the creation of something special.

This is surely the case of these wedges by Nicholas Kirkwood from his spring/summer 2012 collection. They’re made of blue suede, and the wedges have a unique embellishment, a homage to one of the most ancient Italian arts – glassblowing. These multicolor beads are called “murrine” in Italian, and are characteristic of Venetian crafts: they are used to make jewellery, bowls and paperweights, but it’s nice to see how Kirkwood has given them a fresh and cool vibe.