JIMMY CHOO FW2014/15 Women Collection is full of lust, desire, passion and romance, all palpable emotions. Creative Director, Sandra Choi continues to experiment with new proportions whilst remaining focused on a refined cut, shape and form. The concept of an affair is pivotal to the collection, the sense of illusion and deception, things are not what they seem at first, design details that trick the eye inviting closer inspection and entrapping the beholder.
Modern architectural heels and silhouettes are juxtaposed with pieces that reference the extremism of the Ancien Régime and the seduction and revenge idolised in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. A colour palette of decadent hues abound in ink, dark orchid, mirto, evergreen and blue grey creating a covetable colour palette, a Jimmy Choo signature, leopard printed pony is seen in striking smoke paloma.
The collection heralds the birth of new heel signatures, a triangular heel with lacquer finish that deceives the eye playing with reflections, finished with a pointy toe, it is presented in the VANISH boot and LEGION shoe with ankle strap detail. The MACAW and CARTEL present an evolved silhouette with a refined wedge.
Amongst a muted colour palette of tonal suede and leather, a romantic William Morris inspired English floral print commands attention, ornate printed satin decorates minimalist silhouettes across court shoes (LUST), booties (LUTHER) and sneakers (TOKYO & CANNON). Playing to the theme of illusion, Rousseau-esque zebras hide mischievously amongst the innocent inky blue florals waiting to be discovered.
Velvet panels and flocking lends a sensuous tactility to pointy toe flats, tough heeled day boots and skate shoes giving a sense of depth and caressable texture. Translucent lace devoré in mirto, black and blue grey creates a feminine yet sensual sentiment in pointy toe pumps with delicate ankle tie details and Mary-Jane flats. The HOURY pump features an innovative asymmetric leather panel, wrapping the front arch with an elegant ankle strap detailing to one side.
Daywear sees the Jimmy Choo woman on a mission, featuring a tougher, sometimes androgynous silhouette with a focus on boots and a chunkier heel, linings of fur and shearling feature for luxurious warmth. HATCHER, a powerful combat boot is given a wink of softness with a jeweled cluster of crystals adorning the toe cap. Sneakers play an important role representing a luxurious take on sportswear, the CANON sneaker with monk strap detail features a rubber sole encased by an innovative transparent plastic.
Nightfall calls for drama, The DWYER shoe bootie features colour blocked folds of satin layered with a concertina effect evocative of a beautiful sea anemone. Perspex is used to balance the decadence of black satin and intricate lace up detailing on booties. Strips of lace create a peekaboo effect courting lingering glances. Soft fur teases the front of sandals (LOCKE) and lace corsages titivate court shoes (DARLING). A statement bootie (KAMARIS) features a high lace ruff detail framing the ankle as an erogenous zone. The TUCAN pump binds the ankle with balletic satin ribbons.
Handbags explore minimalist silhouettes and maximalist decoration. The AVA mini cross body strikes a balance playing with texture finished with luxurious rabbit fur combined with python, a combination of Perspex is used inlayed with nude lace and leather giving lingering flashes of transparency that tease the eye. Gazelle animates the CARRIE and ZADIE bags with playful Mohawk detailing.
The CHARLIE bag features a soft and streamlined silhouette creating a blank canvas animated by a myriad of finishes of gazelle, python and long haired pony all complimented with a sleek brushed gold panelling at the base. Irresistible fur jackets blanket the EVIE bucket bag. The CLOUD clutch with knotted leather netting becomes a literal representation of a web of desire.