The mood: La Belle Époque meets military refinement.
The shoes: Updated Edwardian with regiment regalia. Shapes came with well-timed updates. Deep jewel tones decked out platform sandals, low-cut buttoned-strap pumps and modernized takes on the Folies Bergère cancan boots, a collection highlight. The regiment references came through in regalia adornment, with embroidery and silk rope tasselling on loafer-vamp heels too.
Mink trims and raw silk edging also added an uncommon studied vintage elegance to the collection, which creative director Sandra Choi shared she wanted to evoke “being inside an antique jewellery box.” That effect was indeed achieved with gold mirrored surfaces from every angle.
The verdict: It can be tricky for footwear brands to be on trend with what’s happening, but not slavishly following fashion, a trap which at times Jimmy Choo fell into.
This season, Choi shot from the hip a little more and the results happened to be very in tune the big Edwardian and military messages this season. Less forced, more fashion. Fancy that.
Click through the slideshow to explore the entire Jimmy Choo fall ’16 collection