Milan Fashion Week: Jimmy Choo’s Creative Director Shares Her Top Three Street-Ready Styles

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.

The new collection is a sartorial story of contradiction and contrast. “Romance and robustness. Decadence and daintiness. Uniformity and individuality.” Amid these opposing forces, Choi achieves a sense of balance through the extended tension that exists between liberation and constraint. Straps and ties alongside open slivers speak not only to restraint and dominance, but choice and control.

Nods to masculine military regalia, the undulating rainbow palette of Art Nouveau and Edwardian flounce further inform the assertive yet opulent arsenal of street-worthy footwear—made for the multifaceted, ready-for-a-photo-op woman.

“A whole range of different references provided me with the creative raw material to explore a sense of sensual friction. Why friction? Because tension and contrasts are at the heart of this collection—and because friction generates heat.”

Let’s warm up then, shall we?


The Thread: What are your top three Jimmy Choo street-style shoes from the fall collection you’d love to see someone photographed in?


Choi: The Maloy is an over-the-knee statement boot with strap and buckle detailing from top to toe. I love this boot—the combination of old-school militarism and contemporary feminine boldness is perfectly balanced.


The Trick sandal features leather straps set against rugged, raw suede finished with glimmering gold hardware.


The Mari is my personal favorite from the collection. The richness of the velvet, the gold eyelets and the hint of corsetry with the lace-up detail come together as a beautiful shoe.


Get ready for your close-up.


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—Mona Lee