WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The collection, which features sexy sock boots, bejewelled sandals, and fierce pumps, is an ode to femininity and the strong women at the core of both brands.
Mugler’s signature mesh incorporated into the exclusive Jimmy Choo shoes. Images courtesy of Jimmy Choo.
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If there’s one thing that Jimmy Choo and the storied French maison Mugler have in common, it’s a mutual flair for glamour, fearless women, and taking things to a bit of an extreme.
“Extreme” was in fact the word that Jimmy Choo’s Sandra Choi and Mugler’s Casey Cadwallader had in mind when they joined forces to co-design a shoe capsule for the upcoming spring 2022 season.
The result is a collection of daring designs that feel fresh and unlike anything you’ve ever seen in the luxury shoe world recently. The hero item would have to be the sock boots featuring hosiery-like materials in graphic nude, dark or bold neon patterns that hug the legs — just like Cadwallader’s sexy bodysuit designs for Mugler.
There’s also a pair of knee-high sandals featuring gold leather straps and metal chains adorning the foot; fierce pointed-toe pumps done in leather and mesh that subtly exposes part of the foot; and sandals featuring bejewelled crystal balls around the toes – a nod to high jewelry and both houses’ commitment to “uncompromising glamour.”
These styles are certainly not for the faint hearted — but will make the ultimate addition to the shoe wardrobe of any woman looking to return to unapologetic, glamorous dressing post-pandemic.
Choi dedicated this capsule to such “strong women” who are the core of both Jimmy Choo and Mugler — hence why the two creatives found so much synergy.
Images courtesy of Jimmy Choo.
“Casey Cadwallader’s Mugler is all about celebrating femininity – that’s what drew me to him, to his world, and the amazing array of personalities he dresses. There’s an inherent connection there between the language of Mugler and the language of Jimmy Choo — our roots in the 90’s, the resonance those have today with a younger generation, but also our (mutual) urge to update and re-engineer, not just revive,” she added.
From his part Cadwallader — who has been driving Mugler forward ever since taking the reins in 2018 and offering a modern-day interpretation of sexy — was excited to experiment with shoes for the first time and create a full look.
“A shoe finishes the look and defines character. I have always associated Jimmy Choo with a very strong sense of sculpture in shoes, a balance of sharpness and curve. Both Mugler and Jimmy Choo are forward and sensual, and both worn by strong and confident women. That’s why this collaboration makes so much sense,” he said.
The launch is particularly poignant, as it comes a mere few weeks after the passing of the house’s founder, Alfred Thierry Mugler, which has increased attention on both the brand and its history.
The collection is available to shop at retailers like Net-a-Porter, Mytheresa, Fwrd, Harrods and Selfridges, among others, with prices ranging from 750 pounds for the pumps to 1,450 pounds for the sock boots.
The full range is available across a wide size range of sizes 35 to 45, as part of Jimmy Choo’s ongoing mission to offer its glamorous shoes in the most inclusive way possible.
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