Sneakers are supposed to be less expensive than your fancy-schmancy heels, right? Well, it would depend on just how much you want your comfy kicks to make a statement. We already knew that Jimmy Choo was making sneakers, but did you know they were $600 a pop? We have no doubt that the wealthy and celebs will willingly drop that much (we know that Michelle Obama already does this). Yet the trendy sneaker market seems to be getting more pricey in general, in part due to the resurgence of the ’80s basketball trainer as a fashion item (thanks, Kanye). Remember the days when you could spend $40 for a cute and colorful pair? Now, even we admit that we’ve on occasion spent over $100 for some very chic sneakers that we felt we just had to have.
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Jimmy Choo has been in the news a lot recently, but not for the brand’s stunning high heels. There’s the fragrance, H&M collab, and along with the news that “ChUggs” are currently in production comes a first image of Jimmy Choo sneakers. Yes, sneakers. Everyone’s toes need a bit of a break from the sky-scraping heights of stilettos, don’t they? We say: how thoughtful of Choo. As part of the pre-fall 2010 collection, eight pairs of sneakers will be released in low and high top form. Of course, the trademark snakeskin will make an appearance, along with a suede version, meaning these are way more of a dress-up style. You weren’t expecting the tennis shoes to be gym-style, were you? [Elle UK] Keep reading »
Did Jimmy Choo rip off fashion blogger and photographer Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil for its new 24:7 ad campaign? That’s what Ton appears to be suggesting in this recent tweet: “is it me or does the jimmy choo 24:7 campaign look a lot like…ahem…you know what i mean :S http://www.jimmychoo.com/page/home.” Ton rose to fame by way of his delightful shots of women on the street, often outside of fashion shows, many of which focus on their high heels. His style is distinctive: shoe-obsessed, stark street shots of women navigating the world on towering stilettos. These days, he sits front row at fashion shows, shoots fashion week in Paris for Style.com, and is working on a project with Louis Vuitton. As a regular reader of Jak & Jil, I certainly see the similarities. Check out the Jimmy Choo video — which even features a Ton-esque street photographer character — and Ton’s work side-by-side after the jump, then tell us what you think in the comments. Keep reading »
Get ready for it—ChUggs are coming your way. While it might seem like a fashion prank, the Jimmy Choo and Uggs are indeed teaming up to work on a collaboration. (Our Photoshop magic, however, is a fashion prank.) Yet, it does sound like the final product will be a pretty decent mix of the two styles. According to WWD and an official press release, “The collection will be based on the construction of Ugg’s sheepskin boots ‘with design details that embody the spirit of the Jimmy Choo brand,’ the two companies said in a statement.” And prices? Sky-high, of course. Expect to pay upwards of $500 for a pair!
And you thought you were testing the limits of devotion when you asked your guy to pick up some tampons for you. Here’s the story of a man who waited in line for 12 hours with his Jimmy Choo-obsessed girlfriend so she could be the first to score a pair just in from the hotly anticipated H&M collection: ” … while her fiance Will, 28, filled a flask with tea, donned his thermals, packed a rucksack with blankets and dug out a golf umbrella and a couple of camping chairs, Kate focused on the things that really mattered – the stuff bearing the legend ‘Jimmy Choo for H&M’,” writes the Daily Mail. Apparently, when this London branch of the chain opened its doors, Will wasn’t the only boyfriend doing some shopping. “Rob, a 26-year-old graduate student from Texas, had queued since 11pm for his girlfriend Brie’s Christmas present and maybe a couple of bags for eBay.” Keep reading »
Been chomping at the bit to see more of the Jimmy Choo collection for H&M? Check out this exclusive video with Choo’s founder (and quite the stylish-looking lady) Tamara Mellon, who gives a walk-through of the line. Surprisingly, one of the best parts of the collection is actually the clothes, which have been overshadowed by Choo’s main draw (shoes, obvi). For starters, the cute electric blue shift Mellon wears in the video is part of the deal, plus there’s a glam black evening jumper and a one-shouldered leather dress with ruffle details. Everything is designed to be mixed and matched.
Some great fashion advice from Mellon: she starts conceptualizing an outfit based on the shoes first, and then the accessories. Do you ever dress from the bottom up? Or do you start with the clothes and then add on? [YouTube] Keep reading »
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. At least that’s how the saying goes, right?
Jimmy Choo once attempted to launch a fragrance, to no avail. But they’re back at it. The brand just signed a 12-year agreement with Inter Parfums SA, the company responsible for the fragrances from design houses like Burberry, Lanvin, and Paul Smith. Goes to show, you can’t keep a good Choo down. But from shoes to perfume: it’s somewhat of a leap, no? And what exactly will it smell like? Not shoes or, um, feet we hope.
Don’t get us wrong! We love each and every thing about Choo, especially their new line with H&M. But will you buy a fragrance from a shoe company? Then again, guess it’s better than another Paris Hilton perfume. [Pop Crunch] Keep reading »
Watch out Manolo Blahnik. You’ve been put back on the shelf.
While Carrie Bradshaw originally gave the heels their fame with her shoe obsession and fashion sense, it seem she’s moved on. In the upcoming “Sex and the City” sequel, Sarah Jessica Parker’s character has given up fawning over Manolos in favor of red soles from Christian Louboutin. Is this the result of too much complaining over unwanted fame from Mr. Blahnik? Either way, the “SATC”-obsessed are sure to attach their heel addiction to the iconic Louboutins just as fast as they did to those Manolos.
Now, thanks to H&M, while you sing to Chester French’s “The Jimmy Choos,” it is possible to dance about in your own pair of reasonably priced Choos. We told you the great news back in July, but today, images are finally leaking onto the internet, including amazing over-the-knee boots that are kind of necessary for your fall wardrobe.