Designer Shoes

“The Jimmy Choo woman is not a singular or static being; she is a dynamic, confident, playful force to be reckoned with.”

Those same adjectives—which came from Creative Director Sandra Choi—can also be used to describe icon Mary J. Blige and models Amber Valletta, Xiao Wen Ju, Milla Jovovich and Sasha Pivovarova, all of whom and more were on hand Thursday night in the Meatpacking District to kick off Fashion Week and celebrate Jimmy Choo’s current collection and its 20th anniversary music video.

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All images by Carmen Daneshmandi

We talked to Choi in advance of the party about the fall styles on offer now and about her vision for the next 20 years. Oh, and we caught those beauties in party mode (we got access to the video to share with you, too).

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Jeffrey Kalinsky has been thinking about the future. In fact, he’s almost always thinking about the future—whether that means next season’s outsized silhouettes and gauzy layers, or, you know, that not-so-distant place where we commute to work via space bubble and beam friends into our living room using hologram technology.

Indeed: our VP Fashion Director’s preferred vision of what’s to come is very similar to what the beloved animation studio Hanna-Barbera and the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen pictured back in the mid-60s.

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J.W.ANDERSON, from our Fall Designer Collections lookbook

My future looks like The Jetsons, and it looks like the original TWA terminal at JFK Airport,” says Kalinsky, referring to that Jet Age monument of wing-shaped shells and curvilinear ceramic. “You get in your flying saucer and go to the grocery store. Everything is easy and happy.”

In imagining how he might line up the near future—fall ’16—with that smooth, glossy, ultra-efficient, zero-waste ideal and present them together in a fashion guidebook, he turned once again to Snarkitecture. We first teamed up with the in-demand, of-the-moment Brooklyn-based collaborative design practice last season; their 5,000-pound cave-like structure served as a bridge between art, architecture and the best spring looks from Gucci, Valentino, Simone Rocha and more.

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The earrings, the coats, the pink tweed, the grassy greens. The slinky dresses, the bold silver jewels. The slouchy trousers, the gowns. The shoes!

And not just the ones on the runway, either—the crowd at Designer Preview always brings their own parade (just check out that front row below)—and this past Thursday night on the Seattle waterfront was an ultra-inspiring mix of what’s hot now, what’s hot on the horizon and what’s just hot no matter the season.

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The Missoni scene in Thursday night’s Designer Preview runway show. 

Missed it? Loved it and just want to relive it? Our 50-image lookbook detailing everything from the start of the party to the trunk show the next day is just the eye candy you need.

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Over the last few years, Pedro Garcia creative heads Pedro García and Dale Dubovich have become our unofficial ambassadors to Spain. Always ready to list the hot spots and point us toward good beaches and great eats, they’re obviously passionate about their roots and eager to share.

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their magazine-style lookbook (all images courtesy 
Pedro Garcia)

 

Of course, the real proof is in the shoes—and how those shoes are made. Pedro Garcia, the brand, takes a lot of pride in their made-in-Spain ethos—so much so that their seasonal magazine is called Made in Spain. The most recent edition took them to the industrial port of Bilbao to explore, discover and share the city and the fall collection.

We went one step further and traded a few emails with Pedro and Dale to get inside the inside scoop.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES AND INTO BILBAO

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After its debut last week at Paris Fashion Week, the Y-3 Noci sneaker is now available at Nordstrom. Usually, you can’t buy products fresh off the runway from Fashion Week. But sometimes you can, and now is one of those times.

Y-3, of course, is the partnership between legendary designer Yohji Yamamoto (hence the Y) and adidas (hence the 3, for three stripes). The brand has been envisioning the future of sports fashion for 13 years now.

We spoke with Y-3 senior design director Lawrence Midwood about sci-fi aesthetics, what it’s like working with Yamamoto, and the inspiration behind the Noci–a bruiser of a sneaker.

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Like you, we love a good mood board. The chance to look over a designer’s shoulder and see what images guided his or her collection is bona fide ripple-effect gold. 

MOOD[2]From Alexandre Birman‘s pre-fall mood board, courtesy Alexandre Birman

So when new-to-Nordstrom footwear designer Alexandre Birman agreed to share his upon the launch of his new collection, we couldn’t help but be charmed—and want more. We followed up on his Olivia Palermo-dotted inspiration palette (above) with a Q and A about the season ahead and life in the high-style fast lane.

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Cue the Beach Boys, and get ready to give their retro vibe an urban twist.

“For spring/summer 2016 I took inspiration from California sky-gazing,”said Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo‘s creative head. She told us the sandals, pumps and bags in the new collection are all about “conveying an upbeat attitude whilst juxtaposing new with old—artisanal vintage references blended with bold, graphic architectural details—to create something modern and surprising.”

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And who better to personify that than ultimate cool girl Chloë Sevigny? Choi’s team shared this exclusive on-location campaign image with us, in which the style icon looks like a West Coast dream in this season’s Halley sandal.

We also got Choi to tell us where and how to wear some of her other warm weather favorites, and we found out more about the “sculptural grandeur” that furthered the collection’s inspiration.

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A while back we told you about a cool social media contest called Clergerie Girls, in which the man-repelling style icon Leandra Medine would team up with Robert Clergerie creative director Roland Mouret to select an Instagram-sourced collaborator for the beloved line of oxfords, wedges, slides and sandals. 

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(All party images courtesy Robert Clergerie)

Just before we all convened for Paris Fashion Week, the lucky gal was named—and toward the end of the trip, we got a chance to see the brand’s fall 2016 collection and celebrate at a star-studded, especially well-shod dinner party with these smart, thoughtful women of style.

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In a glassy, reflective showroom in Milan stand Jimmy Choo‘s achingly covetable fall ’16 creations. But these shoes are not just meant to be gazed upon; in this street-style-dominated fashion economy, these are next season’s essential sidewalk-ready pieces.

In the spirit of Fashion Week, we asked Creative Director Sandra Choi to give us her top three selects to see—and be seen in—this fall.

Jimmy Choo Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016 show room.

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After 15 years of showing during Paris Fashion Week, the Alexander McQueen fall collection was revealed this Sunday at home—the label’s home, that is, and the home of the late designer as well as current Creative Director Sarah Burton.

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We were told the brand’s fashion week return to London is due to Burton’s pregnancy—she’s 38 weeks along—and meanwhile, Burton told London’s The Guardian newspaper that the models’ unbuttoned menswear and jewelry-adorned up-dos were due to “women’s obsessions, and flowers that bloom at night.” In the end it might not matter what was behind the homecoming or the elegantly rendered pop culture references—lips, eyes, swans, unicorns—or the floor-sweeping net gowns, and quilted jackets.

What matters is how stunningly beautiful they were.

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