If you were fortunate enough to afford to indulge in a shoe-shopping spree in the London borough of Hackney in the late 1980s, you might have stumbled upon a brick showroom filled with thigh-high black-leather boots, multi-colored sandals, and hot-pink satin high heels produced by a Malaysian-born designer named Jimmy Choo. Though acclaimed at the time, you would have beaten the crowds to Choo’s shoes, which became red-hot in 1990 after a woman the world knew simply as Di became one of his most loyal customers.
Throughout the 1990s, Choo footwear defined women’s glamour. By 1996 he had partnered with a magazine editor to launch a chain of high-end boutiques—the opening in 1999 of Choo’s Los Angeles branch caught the eye of Hollywood starlets, giving Choo shoes their red-carpet-ready reputation.
Among Choo’s most sought-after designs are his ankle boots, including the George, whose four-inch heel supports an upper of water-snake leather, the Erica, whose carved heel meas...
In addition to a plethora of caged-ankle pumps, Choo’s most prized items of footwear could be his sandals, which range from demure flats to sexy, strappy affairs with two-to-four-inch heels. The ones with gold or silver metallic sling backs are especially eye-catching, if not the most practical things to wear to the beach.
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Thandie Newton Turns Party Host For Jimmy Choo's Summer SoiréeMarie Claire.co.uk, May 23rd
Dressed in a shimmering sky blue dress with bell sleeves by Stella McCartney teamed with a metallic clutch and peep-toe heels by Jimmy Choo, Thandie led the style charge at the party at the Clifton Nurseries in the Little Venice district of the capital...Read more
Nicole Kidman Steps It Up at Cannes as Jimmy Choo's New AmbassadorThe Fashion Spot, May 22nd
Now Nicole is switching it up again for Jimmy Choo, having recently been named the face of the brand's fall ad campaign. As a 45-year-old mother of two, it's no surprise Nicole usually opts for blue jeans and cardigans instead of towering stiletto...Read more
Nicole Kidman steals the show at Cannes in towering Jimmy Choo stilettos as ...Daily Mail, May 21st
The usually dowdy Nicole Kidman, who is set to play the starring role in Jimmy Choo's fall advertising campaign, has also taken a somewhat surprising starring role at the Cannes Film Festival. Since the glamorous actress landed in France last week, on...Read more
D Moms Loves: Jimmy Choo and Brian Atwood, Chagall, Vita Fede Mini Titan ...D Magazine, May 20th
Almost… Jimmy Choo and Brian Atwood — Specifically the suede Jimmy Choo and Brian Atwood sandals that Charlotte and Raya sported in our D Moms baby shower shoot. Both available at Neiman Marcus NorthPark, both total and complete stunners...Read more
Jimmy Choo-ses our NicoleAdelaide Now, May 20th
She will star in the upcoming autumn/winter '13/'14 campaign for Jimmy Choo, shot by Mikael Jansson. Creative Director of Jimmy Choo, Sandra Choi told WWD, "Nicole is one of the finest actresses in the world. I knew (she) could convey the empowered...Read more
Loved-up Nicole scores Jimmy Choo endorsementNinemsn, May 19th
The statuesque Aussie actress has just scored herself a lucrative contract with designer footwear label Jimmy Choo. It has just been revealed that she will be the face of the brand's upcoming autumn/winter '13/'14 campaign, shot by Mikael Jansson...Read more
Cannes: THR and Jimmy Choo Honor Fan Bingbing at Martinez FeteHollywood Reporter, May 18th
The private event, co-hosted by THR editorial director Janice Min, publisher Lynne Segall and Jimmy Choo CEO Pierre Denis, honored Fan, who is slated to co-star in Bryan Singer's X Men: Days of Future Past and Skiptrace with Jackie Chan, with the award...Read more
Nicole Kidman unveiled as the new face of Jimmy ChooGlamour.com, May 16th
Kidman's ad campaign for the brand has been described by Jimmy Choo as conveying "a cinematic feel that hints at the power and seduction of the Jimmy Choo woman". Speaking to WWD, Jimmy Choo's creative director Sandra Choi said: "Nicole is one of...Read more