My problem when it comes to writing about women's fashion is that I really don't know the difference between the shoe types... or bags. Ask me, however, about New Balance, Asics, and select Nike and Adidas models...
So I don't write about it a lot.
If, however, I see pieces I like, I take pictures of it and for the Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2013 Collection, that's exactly what I did.
Below are pictures from the collection that really caught my eyes, the same way it probably would if I saw a woman wear the pieces properly on the streets.
This quiet eroticism is expressed in the Jimmy Choo collection this season, exalting the ankle and foot as the new erogenous zone. A perfectly formed pointed-toe stiletto is enhanced with a delicate strap encircling the ankle. Similar variations introduce handcuff hardware around the ankle with a skeleton key zip pull detail. A thigh high boot in subtle stretch leather manages to crossover into legging territory as it grips the leg. Suede lattice details on boots and booties create a fishnet effect to reveal an alluring peep of skin. A court shoe in sensual mink hugs the ankle with a fur cuff.
Feminine power, luxury, and sexiness – recurring themes in the Jimmy Choo mythology – are reinterpreted in confident new designs under the creative direction of Sandra Choi. The brand’s signature has always evoked a sense of strength, and with Autumn Winter 2013, Choi brings equal measure to the power of design. A renewed focus on shape, cut, silhouette and line has yielded a collection that commands the attention of a sultry whisper, realized in a quiet palette of black, white, smoke, claret and deep emerald.
“Helmut Newton’s photography was very much front of my mind when I was designing. His lens was often found lingering over his subjects’ legs and ankles. He had an almost fetishist obsession with the female form, but the subject was never portrayed as vulnerable; she was always strong, powerful and in control.”
- Sandra Choi, Creative Director
The kinky fun doesn’t end at the leg, however. Handbags receive the sensual approach with tactile materials of glossy leather, crocodile and mink. Sleek clutches with fold-over envelope closure are laminated in high shine metallic gold. And, a simply designed fold-over shoulder bag in the supplest of leather features a fetish wink with handcuff hardware locking the strap to the bag.
The Jimmy Choo woman is in command of her life, and the collection integrates odes to military power in a palette of regimental hues: black, smoky grey, khaki green. Design details further work the theme: chains on cross-body bags, buckle and metal button hardware, brocade and patent toe caps that lend a marching spirit to footwear whilst remaining elegant.
After hours, the Jimmy Choo muse indulges in a moment of decadence. Caressable white fur pom poms showcase a richness and profligacy that is balanced with simple silhouettes and refined design. Simplicity is maintained by a mostly tonal color palette allowing for more elaborate design details to adorn streamlined silhouettes. Appliqué flowers create a corsage for the ankle in bronze leather. Evening heels in contrasting satin and suede duchesse satin ruffles are couture-esque in their design in striking emerald green or black. White pony skin is trimmed with black patent piping creating a tuxedo inspired shoe. Clutches are decadent in the sleekest box minaudières or slimmest ciggy clutches executed in supple leathers, furs or encrusted with jewels.
In the Philippines, Jimmy Choo is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 4 Ayala Center, Makati City.