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Upon seeing the elegant and sometimes edgy styles in the fall ’15 Jimmy Choo shoe and handbag collection, and upon understanding that behind them were the magical stage lights of world-class ballet, we couldn’t help wanting to learn more about creative director Sandra Choi’s inspiration.
We chatted via email with the Isle of Wight–born, Hong Kong–educated designer about her favorite dancers, how she wears these styles and the enduring allure of the ankle.
We can’t get enough of Crystal Nicodemus’s eye, so we’re bringing her Fashion Week street style to the mix all year long. Get inspired by the industry’s best dressed, and then … make their look your own!
Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches.
As cofounders of The Hive, a style blog that’s all about chic mamas, LA-based Melissa Magsaysay and Sara Riff are totally tapped into what it means to be on the go while simultaneously of the moment. When the laptops close, the two turn their attention to chasing after toddlers: Magsaysay’s son, Miles, and Riff’s daughter, Tatiana Plum.
We all know and love Joanna Hillman here on The Thread. She carries her New York style with her across the globe. A modern white moto jacket adds great contrast to her slim separates. Buckle boots continue the moto theme, while her signature red lip adds a pop of color.
Elle’s feminine look has both modern edge and classic femininity. That pleated skirt with sequin panel is to die for and pairs perfectly with a sleek, cropped turtleneck. The soft pink coat is a great transitional piece. And of course, no look is complete without tall boots this season.
Subtlety can often stand out during Fashion Week’s more hectic shows. I love Julia’s minimalist urban-cool vibe. She has a few quirky touches (hello, lip clutch!) that keep things interesting. Lace-up stilettos are my newest obsession, and this low-heeled style looks stunning and actually wearable.
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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Caroline Issa hardly needs an introduction. She’s not only an industry heavy hitter, but she’s also one of the most popular street-style stars out there. In fact, Issa’s new line is coming out right here at Nordstrom! I can’t wait to get my hands on this sure-to-be-stunning collection.
Caroline’s style is both fashion-forward and understated. She has a knack for color and pairing interesting cuts and shapes. Love this wrap skirt and tall boots, with a menswear button-up. This modern ’70s trend is something I can get behind!
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!
Even more white! I really hope this trend stays around for a while. I love the clean, crisp effect of an all-white ensemble. Golestaneh’s style is understated and casually chic: I love the oversized fit and relaxed draping, and the Valentino bag and metallic heels add some premium elements to her low-key look. And who doesn’t love a woman in a hat?