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August 30 2014

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40 posts tagged "Jimmy Choo"

Choo Times Two

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Those that missed the Jimmy Choo for H&M launch this past weekend are in luck. We hear the frenzy-inducing collection will be restocked at three NYC stores (34th and Seventh, Herald Square, and 51st and Fifth) on the morning of November 19. Consider yourself warned.

Photo: Rob Loud/Getty Images

Choo-sing Wisely At H&M

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While most H&M collab launches are early-morning affairs, for its much-hyped Jimmy Choo collection, the retailer threw open the doors of its Fifth Avenue flagship—newly redesigned and renovated, by the way—to an invite-only crowd on Friday night. Not, mind you, that any evening manners were in evidence. At 7 p.m. sharp, throngs of young women (accompanied by a few shell-shocked men) descended on the clothes, grabbing wildly at the sequined and beaded tanks, tunics, and jackets. Less popular were the suede offerings: a minidress with more than a foot of fringed trim went mostly untouched.

As expected, the real madness was in the “shoe department,” a sectioned-off corner (with “Choo blue”-painted police barriers) in the rear of the store. Once you gained access—burly security guards shut down the area multiple times—the most covetable items were any of the sky-high stilettos, particularly those in patent leather or zebra print. Among the other accessories, many shoppers were adding the bright pink plastic minaudière to their haul, while a wide studded belt, of which there were seemingly only a few, proved to be the most elusive prize. Those hoping for a few prizes of their own had better make tracks: The Fifth Avenue store still has stock at the moment, but once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.

Photo: Tom Judge / Courtesy of H&M

Devi Kroell’s Madison Avenue Dream Comes True

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Devi Kroell made her first metallic python hobo bag five years ago. It wound up on the arm of Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and just about every fashion editor in town, and Kroell hasn’t looked back since. The Austrian-born, New York-based designer introduced footwear, including a very early take on the now omnipresent over-the-knee boot, in 2006, and her Swarovski Award for Accessories Design came that same year. A ready-to-wear collection followed in 2008. Today, Kroell is still in her early thirties and opening a 3,000-square-foot, two-floor boutique in a landmark building at 717 Madison Avenue designed by Space 4 Architecture, the same firm that worked on the Jil Sander store on Crosby Street. Jewelry and sunglasses are in the works; beauty and fragrance may not be far behind. We sat down with Kroell in her new boutique to discuss the virtues of Las Vegas, working with men, and the power of python.

How does it feel to be celebrating your fifth year as a brand?
Opening this store is exactly what I wanted; it’s a dream come true. And having made it this far in times like this is a big feat, I think. So I’m very proud of that.

It must be a difficult time to be opening a store. How are you responding to the challenges of the new economy?
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Fashion’s Night Out, The Milanese Way

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Fashion’s Night Out combined two favorite Italian pastimes: la passeggiata (the stroll) and la bella figura (posing). Each store had its own following—Versace was for the Glamazons, who were in stiff competition against the mannequins in the shop’s windows. At Jil Sander we saw the Mod Squad, who flocked there to hear DJ Sunday Luv, who had flown in from Berlin. Of all the limited editions on sale, Jimmy Choo’s Green Thread Wedges (only 20 exist in the world) and Valentino’s extravagantly ruched tee were the most popular. “We were so excited to make an every-man’s couture piece,” said Pier Paolo Piccioli, one half of the new creative team at the maison. Late night, there were sushi and dancing at Giorgio Armani. The whole of the Italian star system was there, including Raoul Bova, who was having a bad hair day yet somehow still managed to stay jaw-droppingly handsome.

Photo: Getty Images

Scary Movie? And More…

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Rodarte has an agent. The famously film-loving sisters are now being represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, which means that maybe the pair will be costuming, producing, and starring in their own anime horror flick. Maybe?! [WWD]


And now, a clutch to go with that Marchesa gown. The super-fancy-dress ladies are introducing handbags, sure to be swoon-worthy and bedecked with feathers. [WWD]

There’s a one-shot sneak peak at a Jimmy Choo for H&M shoe making the blogosphere rounds. The boot in question is over-the-knee, maybe leather, and just under $350. We’re not sure if that’s cheap or pricey. Thoughts? [Nitrolicious]

Photo: Courtesy of Jimmy Choo for H&M