A gorgeous shoe is a gorgeous shoe is a gorgeous shoe—except when the shoe is actually a metaphor for desire. In that case, the gorgeous shoe is actually a story. Consider, then, the new Jimmy Choo collection, Vices, a short story collection that’s long on style. Each of the limited-edition shoes and handbags is based on a specific gem or jewel and a specific vice or vague wickedness—think greed, lust, envy. To find out more about this accessories-based riff on the classic juxtaposition of good and evil, we spoke to creative director Sandra Choi about her inspiration, concepts and design process.
THE THREAD:The subject of vices is a rich one; we all have plenty–those we share and admit to, and those we don’t. Did you find you were revealing part of yourself in this collection as you explored ideas of envy and need? Choi: Yes and no, the inspiration for the Vices collection stemmed from my own personal fascination and obsessive enchantment with jewels and the unmitigated and irrational desire they have the power to evoke. For Vices, I explored themes of envy, seduction and irrepressible yearning for objects of beauty. Shoes and bags in diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, jet, black diamond and citrine crystal comprise the seven sins that seduce and beguile as part of the collection.
What is your first and most specific memory of being dazzled by jewels? It was at the Gem Palace in Jaipur. It is a breathtaking Aladdin’s cave of precious stones that is such a surprising contrast from the environment outside, which is a dusty and bustling city in Northern India. Inside the Gem Palace you have a remarkable amount of freedom to play and connect with the precious stones of every variety.
What is your first and most specific memory of the transformative power of a really great pair of shoes? For me it is childhood memories of Cinderella, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Betty Boop’s heels; they are forever ingrained in me.
Let’s talk about black diamonds. They’re a bit under the radar and rather underappreciated, so it’s cool that you included a style based on this, the strongest and scrappiest of all natural diamonds. Tell us about your design process for Piper, the black diamond-themed shoe. For instance, the heel is slightly lower than the other styles, and the detailing is especially dynamic. What did you hope to achieve with the look, and what specific elements did you include or leave out in order to make it happen? I wanted a sultry yet seductively beautiful shoe. I based it on a tango-style shoe that ensured you glide when wearing it; it is a shoe that you can dance in all night.
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Eva Chen is so cute; I can’t even handle it! It’s been so fun watching her style evolve along with her pregnancy. She’s been a trooper throughout the insanely grueling Fashion Week schedule, but still manages to stay upbeat. This belted coat is an incredible statement piece, and I love the way Eva styled it with oxfords and a simple turtleneck. A modern cut and artsy print are definitely what I’m looking for in a coat this season.
Oh, Eva, you are too good to us! Not only is the amazing Eva Chen, editor in chief of Lucky magazine, incredibly stylish, but she is also the sweetest. It’s so refreshing to see a smile in the midst of the Fashion Week scene. Eva’s contemporary cable knit jumper is beyond covetable—I love the tonal palette and varied textures! A cool pair of cat-eye shades and strappy sandals with socks are fun and funky accessories to her cozy transitional look. Can’t wait to see what Eva has in store for us in Paris!
Sophie is rocking this transitional layered look. Mohair is a personal favorite of mine, and it’s a great trend for fall. I love the way Sophie paired her statement sweater with a filmy sheer skirt—it’s such a great way to work fall pieces into a warmer-weather look. Sneakers give the look a little modern sporty flair, while her baby blue bag adds some clean lines.
Linda Tol is back on the Thread with another awesome outfit. Linda’s unique personal style is such an inspiration! She is so creative, but she’s always true to herself, which is why her eccentric style seems so effortless. Today’s look was all about leather and mixing prints. Her full leopard skirt and star-studded moto jacket are edgy but at once feminine. I’m ready to spend a few hours bedazzling my moto jacket now!
Claudia is one fierce, leather-clad lady. Her accessories are to die for, from the Fendi heels to that fuzzy pom to her jaunty fedora. As we all know, the full skirt is the top cut of the season, and I love this leather version, which is feminine and edgy. Belts are making a huge comeback as well, and this statement number is calling my name!
Eleonora Carisi is a staple of the Milan Fashion Week crowd. As one of the most famous Italian bloggers (JouJouVilleroy), Eleonora represents her country’s chic reputation well. I am consistently inspired by her personal style.
Today’s outfit is a feminine take on menswear tailoring. I love the wide, cropped trousers, and pale pink is the color of the season. A fuzzy box clutch and sky-high heels add just the right amount of fun to her sleek look.
I can always count on Linda Tol to knock a look out of the park. This Dutch street style star has a unique perspective on fashion and a great sense of humor, considering she can’t walk two feet without a dozen photographers stopping her. Today’s ensemble is a great balance of relaxed cuts and fall textures. The tall boot is integral for fall, just like the graphic jumper. Until next time, Linda!