Jimmy Choo’s Milan showroom was transformed into a luxurious 1960s Paris Boudoir. The setting was the ultimate feminine sanctuary filled with a soon to be highly coveted new collection designed by Founder and Creative Director Tamara Mellon, OBE. Mellon says the line takes its cue from the early Seventies when the sultry and iconic stars like Catherine Deneuve, Veruschka and Charlotte Rampling who were admired by women everywhere, not only for their beauty, but also for their impeccable sense of style.
“This season I looked to women who have always inspired me for their chic, empowered sense of dress, who experienced everything life had to offer during such a glamorous and free spirited time. With this collection, I have updated that mood with a modern take” says Mellon.
Jimmy Choo’s Catherine line is the brand’s new signature bag. Its concept was inspired by French film noir and the ladylike appeal of the genre’s femme fatale. The pieces are tailored at a couture level featuring a panel or flap pocket on the side with a quilted motif in a zig-zag stich framed in stitched leather. The handbag is available in a range of different materials and textures including box calf in black, blonde and lipstick red to a slicker version finished in black vintage patent leather and quilted un elaphne snake or blonde calf hair printed to look like an antique leopard bag.
For the woman who loves decadence in a handbag, the Catherine also comes in a version featuring flat-cut mink panels framed in crocodile. For a different texture, the handbag is also offered with framed python skin and panels of quilted velvet trimmed in black box calf.
Jimmy Choo’s new Veruschka line of shoes and handbags is definitely our favourite as it plays with an eclectic mix of decorative artisanal details in a Seventies vibe. We couldn’t get enough of the new chunky heel and high volume wedges. Everything in this collection just screamed ‘look at me!’ from the oversized tassles draping along the sides to the use of coloured feathers, Fin raccoon and feathered fox. The Zena cross body bag with a corded shoulder strap and tassels stood out among the line for its elaborate feathered Fin raccoon fringe that runs down to around the knee.
The footwear is equally as elaborate and intricate as the handbags from the espresso suede Fulmer pull boot detailed with electric pink feather tassels to the soft ballerinas designed in soft patent leather with a leopard soft rubber sole and a Jimmy Choo ID bracelet in metallic anthracity. The ballerina comes in black nude and lipstick red. The line’s biker boot looks are great everyday footwear done in black crocodile stamped leather lined in shearling and chalk unlined suede.
Choo’s Charlotte line recalls the pages of Seventies French Vogue with the edgy location shoots in the grand hotels of Paris. Just like the Seventies, it’s romantic, glittery and totally glam. Footwear that stood out for us included the Keble pump done in a holographic rainbow cage design with a black patent leather trim (totally reminded us of Elton John) and a peep toe bootie draped in black tulle and dusted with jet crystals – the tulle finish gives a bare foot a nylon feel without having to wear hosiery.
Along with the Fall/Winter collection is the brand’s permanent line of assorted shoes, boots and bags that have become recognized icons of the Jimmy Choo collection. The genius of the line is that women always find the classic Jimmy Choo design they love offered in a range of different styles and heel sizes. New additions include shoes done in jewelled purple, dark emerald and sapphire coloured suede. New boot styles in chic, soft calf leather that zip up in the back with pale gold metal are also must-have staples. The 24:7 bag line has extended to offer grey lizard print leather, chocolate brown crocodile stamped leather and champagne glitter.
The brand's collection has just the shoe for you whether you’re a woman of classic style or a Seventies style maven. So take a trip on the Jimmy Choo train.
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