Despite an unceremonious fall from grace in 1992, ’80s artist Rob Pruitt is making a name for himself once again in the contemporary art world, thanks in part to the chrome statue of Andy Warhol he erected on a high-traffic street corner in Manhattan’s Union Square last year. One would think that, with his irreverent creative sensibilities and the offhand, possibly misconstrued brand of “racism” that got him ousted from the scene in the first place, luxury fashion collaborations would be off the radar for this former wunderkind. Not so! Far from it, in fact — Pruitt has dreamed up an 18-piece collection for none other than Jimmy Choo, and God, is it hideous. Keep reading »
Terry Richardson pooped out this new series of ads for high end shoe brand Jimmy Choo, featuring models Querelle Jansen and Jonas Kessler. The pair play high class limousine-riding rich folks. Wearing really, desperately ugly expensive shoes. [WWD]
Iris Apfel is the grand dame of quirky, eccentric style. And luxury shoe maker Jimmy Choo wanted to honor Apfel’s signature look by designing a shoe after her. Dubbed the Iris, the five-inch heel will almost certainly never be worn by the diminutive 90-year-old New Yorker. And we’re not sure who else will be picking up a pair either — considering they’re going for $1495 a pop. Do you think Iris digs ‘em? She is a pretty hard sell. [Jimmy Choo]
Wondering how the hideous collaboration between Jimmy Choo and Ugg Australia came about? Let Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo founder and creative chief officer, explain:
“Uggs were my guilty pleasure until I was on a flight to London and the airline staff said, ‘We’re all so excited to see what shoes you’re wearing!’ I had Uggs on. So now we’ve done a collaboration where I took traditional Uggs and decorated them with the DNA of Jimmy Choo — animal prints and studs.”
I think we can all probably agree that Uggs were doing just fine without an injection of Jimmy Choo DNA. [The Cut] Keep reading »
It was just too easy: When Jimmy Choo and Uggs announced their collaboration, we couldn’t resist poking fun. So we wondered … if Jimmy Choo and Uggs had a baby what would it look like? Thanks to the Photoshop magic performed by our editor, Amelia, we created “Chuggs,” a heinous high heel sheepskin bootie (left, obviously). On the right is the real thing, a fringed boot bedazzled with star studs, which all of you deemed completely “fugs.” So, which do we think is uglier—our own Photoshop rendering or the actual model? Keep reading »
I’m on the fence about these blinged-out Jimmy Choo Uggs, which Nicky Hilton got an advance pair and tweeted a pic of yesterday. They’re kinda cute — like I see them cheering me up on a glum winter day. But the “limited distribution” booties cash in at over $1,000. Um, what? That’s crazy! How much craftmanship really goes into a pair of snow boots? [via Nicky Hilton's Twitter] Keep reading »
Today I spotted an item in The New York Post and could instantly feel her pain: Katy Perry attended some party this weekend and was so determined to wear her new Jimmy Choo Zap shoes, above (P.S. they’re $2,495 — if you manage to work your way up the waiting list), that she hobbled around the party in sample size shoes that were not one but TWO sizes too small. Honestly, I don’t know how she did it, because I recently had a serious problem navigating a half size too small.
See, I’ve fantasized about finding the perfect pair of nude heels (big dreams!) ever since I figured out what a genius styling trick they are … Keep reading »
If you can afford it, you can now run in your Choos. Here’s a first look at Jimmy Choo’s much-anticipated sneaker collection, and the designs are definitely showy. Far from athletic wear, the kicks sport snakeskin textures, metallic hues, gold hardware, and a few models take it up a notch with a high-top. They’re actually … kind of masculine now that we’re getting a good look.
Think these $600 sneakers will fly off the shelves? [HighSnobette]
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Tamara Mellon, the co-founder and president of Jimmy Choo, let scandal-bound photographer Terry Richardson shoot her in the nude (besides a pair of Choos, of course) for Interview. When was the last time you saw a company’s top brass tout the brand while wearing nothing? “I wonder what they’ll say at the next board meeting,” Tamara told the magazine. She also defended Jimmy Choo’s collaboration with Uggs. “I think Ugg is still relevant,” she said. “The thing about Ugg is that everybody has a pair in their closet.” When the interviewer said she didn’t own a pair, Tamara replied, “I bet you’ll wear the Jimmy Choo ones! The thing about Uggs is that they’re so comfortable. Once you’ve worn them, you don’t want to go back.” [NSFW: Interview via Huffington Post] Keep reading »