This is it. This is the new loafer.

And if it’s not, it should be. Nestled amongst Nicholas Kirkwood‘s fall 2011 collection, sandwiched between the signature architectural shapes and the heftily chunky wedges, you may not even notice it at first. As I said of Kirkwood’s spring collection, there’s been a feeling of late that the designer needs to hone in on a particular direction, to go back to a coherent story. If one style from fall reveals itself as the one its this new take on the loafer; and I can only hope this newfound refinement is something Kirkwood continues to pursue.

nicolas kirkwood fall 2011 collection

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection
Nicholas Kirkwood A/W '11 Collection

Kirkwood’s loafer-style shoe finds its way into the collection in both a heel and a flat version. The heel is a sensual stiletto – the kind we expect to make a return in backlash to all the thick platforms – with a peep toe. Both the heel and flat are topped by a curved piece of leather that’s hinged on, armour style.

It’s the kind of variation on a classic style that’s so subtly evolved it’s not revolutionary; but for that, is a revolution in itself.

I won’t pen lengthy descriptions of the whole collection, especially since we’d already previewed it on our last Paris visit. Instead click on the thumbnails and view the full look book, and keep an eye out for those shining beacons of loafery goodness.

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