One of the all-time favorite iconic Italian fashion houses, Versace, might have a new owner. According to an Italian newspaper, a huge American company is making a move in purchasing the label. Reports say that Michael Kors Holdings Limited is getting ready to buy Versace and announce the sale for around $2.4 billion.
Last year we had predictions that 2018 will be the year of fur-free fashion. We are always pleased to hear that more and more fashion labels say no to fur. Last week. Donatella Versace announced that she will no longer kill animals in the name of fashion. San Francisco will also join the no-fur movement starting from January 1. The city’s board of supervisors voted to ban the sale of fur, making San Francisco the largest city in the USA to do so. Every member of the board agreed that the city needs to stop selling fur items. The board hopes that this decision will inspire other cities in the country to follow their steps.
“This has been one of the things on their agenda, especially in San Francisco. We know that when we do things in San Francisco that a lot of times it will get attention nationally and globally. We also feel a big responsibility when we’re in a position like this because it could really make a huge impact,” a spokesperson of the board of supervisors said in a statement.
After January 1, every retailer that sells apparel or accessories with new fur will be punished with $500 fine per violation. For example, if there are 5 items made of new fur, that will result in 5 violations. For those who have purchased fur to this date, there is a one-year amnesty on the fine. The fur ban in San Francisco is a follow-up to the anti-fur initiatives from other cities in the USA as well as other countries. West Hollywood was the first city in the USA to prohibit the sale of fur back in 2011. Berkeley did the same in 2017. Next, the U.K’s fur ban act “prohibits the keeping of animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur”. Other countries that have banned fur farming include Australia and the Netherlands. The Netherlands also has plans to shot down mink farms by 2024. Norway has similar plans, expected to be fully realized by 2025. This country has also banned fur farms.
This year many fashion brands joined the anti-fur family. Besides Versace, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo said no to fur just recently. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger have been fur-free for years. Many nowadays customers, especially those who belong to the younger generations don’t support animal cruelty in fashion. Their ethical preferences together with the efforts of animal activists have made many brands to exclude fur from their offerings. It is revolutionary that even entire cities decided to join the anti-fur policy.
Off-White’s luxury footwear collection with Jimmy Choo is finally here. Virgil Abloh is one who creates trends, instead of following them. The innovative designer partnered with the British high-end shoe company to deliver a line that is completely different from anything you’ve seen before. This is the first time that the everyone’s favorite luxury footwear brand partners with a ready-to-wear fashion house.
“To collaborate with a brand like Off-White allows Jimmy Choo to explore a new avenue and take part in a different conversation. I love to mix it up by getting together with a different creative mind identifying our synergies and combining our DNA to create a beautiful and surprising collection with unexpected links to the roots of our brand.”- said Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s creative director.
The collection merges the minimalistic streetwear vibes from Off-White and the trademark luxury silhouettes from Jimmy Choo. In other words, the designs satisfy the needs of both elegant and edgy ladies at the same time. It was first previewed during the brand’s SS 2018 runway show when everyone had a chance to get a sneak peek of the line. Since then, celebrities such as Rihanna flaunted the unique boots and stilettos on several occasions, which made fans even more eager to get their hands on the collection.
Transparent plastic and PVC are officially the top trending materials for 2018. So why not get a pair of high heels that feature all of that plus striking embellishment or fancy straps. It’s already been months since the preview at Paris Fashion Week, but the two brands are releasing the collection just in time for spring. There are also several pairs of chic boots, decorated with ruched fabric or plastic. The most striking designs are the high-heeled pumps wrapped in plastic.
Virgil’s inspiration was the style icon Princess Diana. The designer paid homage to her contributions to the fashion world with the Spring 2018 collection, as well as with this footwear collaboration. Diana was also a huge fan of Jimmy Choo and never missed an opportunity to wear the brand’s stunning stilettos.
The Off-White x Jimmy Choo collaboration is currently available for purchase online at jimmychoo.com, mytheresa.com and at Harvey Nichols. The two brands also collaborated with Selfridges, on a pop-up that will be opened until March 18. As expected, these stunning designs cost a tiny fortune. Prices start at $780 for the Mary Bow 100 pumps, up to $1,995 for the Victoria 100 embellished satin pumps.
Photo Credit: Off-White x Jimmy Choo
Michael Kors is officially going fur-free in 2018. The luxury American brand is the next one to announce they will no longer use any type of animal fur in their products. Michael shared the great news on Friday. The cruelty-free policy will apply to every single Kors store worldwide and to all the Jimmy Choo flagships.
“Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur. We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”- the designer said.
This is one of the many high-end brands that decided to adopt the fur-free policy. Until now we were used to seeing Michael’s models strolling down the runway, wearing fur coats. Thankfully, the fashion house decided to accept a brand new harm-free way of creating. Michael Kors has been under a lot of pressure from animal rights activists recently. According to John Idol, the brand’s executive officer, Kors will be fur-free starting from December 2018. This will be a big step for the company, and they will explore new innovative techniques in producing luxury goods from now on.
PETA protestors have been demonstrating in front of Michael Kors stores as well as runway shows. In July this year, a group of 20 activists showed up during the designer’s Q&A event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The demonstrators entered the Grace Rainey Rogers venue, where Michael and Alina Cho were staging the event. That is when they started making animal noises while carrying anti-fur banners. This was a strong message to the fashion house and probably had an impact on their decision. But this is not the only time that PETA has set a protest against the American brand. In February a number of activists appeared in front of his SoHo flagship with huge banners and anti-fur messages.
Kors is joining the ranks of brands such as Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger and more that went fur-free. Another famous fashion house that recently adopted this concept is Gucci. Under the leadership of Alessandro Michele, in October the brand shared that starting from 2018 they will not be using any animal-derived fur. In this group, you will also find big retailers Yoox Net-a-Porter and Selfridges.
In spite of the numerous brands accepting this policy, using fur in collections is still a big problem. According to the Fur Information Council of America, almost 70 percent of the designers included real fur in their Fall/Winter 2017 collections.
Cara Delevingne stars in another big campaign this season. After celebrating the British heritage with Burberry, she stuns in Jimmy Choo’s new ads. In the Cruise 2018 editorial, the brand promotes their new holiday collection. If you’ve been looking a statement pair of pumps, sandals or boots for party season, Jimmy Choo is the right choice.
“This season isn’t about one look, it’s about the many ways a woman might dress up for a night on the city — but always with a playful allure. The shoot and film both perfectly capture the sense of anticipation and infectious energy that a night out can bring. It’s important for us to show the fun side of the brand, I just wanted to have a big celebration,”- said Sandra Choi, the creative director of the brand.
Cara and the popular shoe brand are welcoming the holidays with an array of stunning designs. The supermodel transformed into a disco queen for the editorial shot by Lorin Askill. It all took place in New York. In the ad campaign, Delevingne debuted a blonde fierce long bob. The model is all glammed-up and ready to go out with her super shiny slip dresses.
Cara’s absolute favorite pair is the black “Maine” boots embellished with multicolored crystals. According to Delevingne, this design is the one that represents New York with all its glam.
The ad pictures are accompanied by a short video. In the “Shimmer in the Dark” clip, Cara shows off her fierce walk on the streets of New York while wearing Choo’s glittery boots.
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The 70s-inspired promotional material shows several more sparkling designs that are ideal for the upcoming holidays. One of the standouts is the “Hanover” ankle boot. These pointed booties are all covered with silver glitter and feature a kitten heel. In Choo’s new collection you will also find fierce pumps, embellished sandals and mesh ankle boots.
The model turned actress is one of the busiest ladies right now. In 2015 Delevingne announced she wants to focus on her Hollywood career. During the following year, we can expect two more movies from her. Fortunately, Cara went back to her modeling roots after resigning with IMG Models just recently. She blessed us with another glitter-packed campaign to get us ready for the holiday season.
Photo Credit: Jimmy Choo
Surprise! Michael Kors bought Jimmy Choo for nearly $1.2 billion. Incredible! So what does it mean for both fashion labels? Will Jimmy Choo shoes be lowered in price? Will Choo’s styles be integrated into the Kors brand? We won’t know until they start releasing new collections. For now, let’s just admire their current collections before they sell out!
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The luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo officially has a new owner. The American brand Michael Kors is the one behind the purchase. Just yesterday, Michael Kors, the chairman of the company, released the news that they bought the shoe brand for an impressive $1.2 billion.
“Jimmy Choo is an iconic premier luxury brand that offers distinctive footwear, handbags and other accessories. We admire the glamorous style and trendsetting nature of Jimmy Choo designs,” said Michael Kors.
Jimmy Choo was established in 1996 by Tamara Mellon, who is the editor of British Vogue and the designer Jimmy Choo. Their luxury designs became a favorite for many celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyoncé. Their popular stilettos and strappy sandals were sold at an average price of $1,000. The shoe company already owns over 150 stores all around the world.
The shoemaking brand was placed on the market earlier this year, in April. The major shareholder JAB announced their intentions to focus their business on the food and beverage industry. They’ve already purchased companies such as Panera, Caribou Coffee, and Krispy Kreme. Each shareholder got 230 pence (about $3) per share during the sale.
According to Michael Kors representatives, the main things at the shoe company are going to stay the same. They are going to strive for improvements only in the area of designs and quality. The current CEO of the shoe company, Pierre Denis, is going to keep the position that he’s had since 2012. He was previously the executive director at LVMH. Also, the creative director Sandra Choi, who is Choo’s niece, is going to continue with her work for the brand. It is estimated that she will earn $2.9 million from the sale, while Denis will earn around $8 million.
“Jimmy Choo is known worldwide for its glamorous and fashion-forward footwear. The company is a leader in setting fashion trends. Its innovative designs and exceptional craftsmanship resonate with trendsetters globally. We believe that Jimmy Choo is poised for meaningful growth in the future and we are committed to supporting the strong brand equity that Jimmy Choo has built over the last 20 years.”- said John Idol, the chief executive of Michael Kors.
Michael Kors is just another brand that is currently struggling with the declined sales and the huge competition. As a store that sells luxury goods, they are taking large hits from fast-fashion brands and e-retailers. Kors is closing over 100 of its stores, renovating over 100, and it is trying to implement more innovations.
The Jimmy Choo pre-fall 2017 ad campaign features the pre-fall collection of shoes and the models Steffy Argelich and Josh Upshaw. There are two different videos showing off the women’s and the men’s pre-fall 2017 Jimmy Choo shoe collection. The ad campaign was shot by Theo Wenner and styled by Sarah Richardson.
The creative director, Trey Laird was also on set. Cynthia Harvey created the tousled and chic hairstyles alongside Thomas De Kluyver, the makeup artist that created these goal-worthy and effortless appearing natural makeup looks. The styling overall was chic with a look like the models were trying to relax after a long day of being a well dressed, beautifully shod professional.
A brightly colored psychedelic mule is an incredible shoe that will stand out anywhere and everywhere, the one here being the Jimmy Choo Hustle 100 black suede mules with pink galaxy star print and studs. The block heel is not too high, the open peep toe is cute and the shape and design of the mule are stunning, garning a second more in-depth look after a double take. It’s definitely a statement shoe in this collection, but true to Jimmy Choo style, this is not the only statement shoe in the lineup by any means.
The soft leather and metallic embellishments used for the Jimmy Choo Gigi flat tea rose mirror leather sandals with beads are exquisitely designed and detailed for maximum wearability. Hints of the favorite trends of the last few seasons make plenty of appearances throughout the collection – rose gold, ballet flat details and studs.
The Jimmy Choo Kamron 100 vintage rose suede round toe pumps with dégradé crystal stars feature a lace up design, creating a soft pink suede stiletto version of a sued ballet shoe. Customizing services are also going to be available for this collection.
“I wanted the new campaign to highlight the symmetry between the Jimmy Choo woman and man. The bold insouciance accompanied by a care free attitude,” elaborated the creative director of Jimmy Choo Sandra Choi. “The campaign and collection invite you to embrace a free-spirited aesthetic where there are no rules. The styles are not there to define you but enhance how you feel at that moment.”
This is certainly an easily translatable concept in the Jimmy Choo pre-fall 2017 ad campaign – it is beautifully shot and styled to give off exactly the aesthetic described by Sandra Choi. The bags included feature a range of embellishments from studs to crystals and tassels with soft leather or suede fringe.
Even the booties in the collection – like the Jimmy Choo Hartley 65 shaded python round toe booties with studs have a rock and roll touch to them that still matched beautifully with the soft, fluttering sheer pleated dress.
Photos courtesy of Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo’s spring/summer 2017 campaign is fronted by none other than Dakota Fanning in both an outdoor garden and a greenhouse full of colors, flowers, greenery and sunshine. Apparently the starlet was just as interested in working with Jimmy Choo as the brand was excited to work with her.
Dakota went so far as to say: “To me the brand is absolutely iconic. I’ve worn Jimmy Choos too many times to count, because they can make a statement, but also seamlessly fit in with many different looks.”
The campaign highlights what is sure to be some of the most iconic accessories for the spring and summer 2017 seasons. The fashion shoot gave off every bit of a summer vibe you could want with flowing dresses and light prints that were accentuated beautifully by the shoes and bags.
Certain pieces stood out, even amongst a collection as stunning as this one – really all Jimmy Choo collections are. The Jimmy Choo Lockett Minaudiere clutch was a personal favorite of the bags, but they are all equally amazing. The clutch is one of several, all in different designs that are available, so you can choose one for any outfit you are anticipating wearing for any occasion.
The Jimmy Choo Gem sunglasses were front and center in one of the photos, looking ready to shield eyes from any bright and sunny day. Every design is sure to be a classic, as equally well done as anything else created by the brand. All of these items are available for purchase on the Jimmy Choo website, so you can start updating your closet as soon as you know what you would like to order.
In one of the Jimmy Choo spring/summer 2017 campaign photos, Dakota Fanning is wearing the Lolita 100 as she stands on a ladder, putting them on display. These are conversation-starter shoes that also come in a flat sandal and are the most natural fit for this garden and greenhouse scene of all of the shoes for this upcoming season.
They feature bright purple and yellow flowers and a vine motif that wraps around the foot and ankle, while the shoe itself is perched atop a stiletto heel. They are gorgeous and perfectly suited to both seasons with the floral motif one would expect from a spring shoe, but the bright, vibrant color is perfect for summer.
These were not the only boldly summer colored sandals shown in the campaign: the Kathleen sandals are a rich purple, embellished with metallic fringe, and the Keena Suede Sandal Booties in royal blue are certainly statement shoes for summer as well. The balance between the two seasons shown in the campaign is subtle but beautiful.
Photos courtesy of Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo shows off both the women’s and men’s spring 2017 collections together in the new ad campaign, with amazing designs that are already available for purchase on JimmyChoo.com. This is the first time that both collections have been shown in the same campaign and it is as beautifully well done, as we would expect of Jimmy Choo.
The creative director for Jimmy Choo, Sandra Choi, was inspired by florals for the spring 2017 collection. This is obvious in the high-heeled floral applique sandals and shown similarly in the huge, custom oversized floral backgrounds used in the ad campaign. Although the printed ad campaign featured both the women’s and men’s spring collections together, the campaign videos show them separately.
In the men’s Jimmy Choo spring 2017 collection, there is a pair of studded white high top sneakers, as well as some beautifully embellished loafers.
The Jimmy Choo spring 2017 ad campaign features a set of custom backgrounds created by Shona Heath, the British set designer and artist who has worked on other successful ad campaigns with Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry. The floral elements present in the design of background are really set off and beautifully accentuated throughout the ad campaign even though the shoes and accessories take center stage in the campaign shot by Dan Jackson. The models’ hairstyles were taken care of by Sam McKnight and the makeup was styled by Val Garland.
As Sandra told WWD, she “wanted the new campaign to portray the Jimmy Choo woman and man in the same environment. The one-of-a-kind beauty found in nature was a key inspiration for the spring collection and how we need to pause in our busy lives to stop for a moment and marvel at the wonders we co-exist with. The oversized perspective of the set reinforces the extraordinarily mesmerizing power of nature.”
Her outlook was beautifully expressed in options that are sure to be eye-catching and worn for much longer than just the spring season. The purple sandals with the ankle strap and embellished center strap are my favorite so far. They are elegant, beautiful and contain variations of my favorite color – a rich deep plum purple.
Though the entirety of the Jimmy Choo spring/summer 2017 ad campaign won’t be seen until March 2017 in print, the snippets we have been shown are certainly inspiring and amazing. The eyewear we have seen so far is about rounded glitter frames with a burnt orange tint to the lenses. The soft purple suede saddlebag is dreamy and looks beautiful against the swirling blues, greens and purples of the custom background.
The women’s collection was modeled by Kiki Willems, while the men’s collection was modeled by Lou Gaillot. The floral inspiration really breathed a significant amount of life into the collection and the simple, but bright colors used will have a lasting colorful impact on the wardrobes of fashion lovers well past the spring 2017 season, but will resonate as Jimmy Choo designs always do in the imaginations and aesthetics of the wearer.
Photos courtesy of Jimmy Choo