Jimmy Choo’s floral escapade and the big see now, buy now trends
Escape into a fantasy fashion garden with accessories that embrace botanics and blooms
Designers have long found inspiration in nature, but this season proved exceptionally fertile. We saw retro florals at Miu Miu, oversaturated blooms dominating dresses and separates at Balenciaga, cherry blossoms blooming at Longchamp, dainty marigold flowers dotting fit-and-flare dresses at Salvatore Ferragamo and gilded calla lilies worn as sculptural bracelets at Loewe. British accessories powerhouse Jimmy Choo is also celebrating all things wild and wonderful. Creative director Sandra Choi says her ideas sparked when she started thinking about the phenomena of nature, whose sole designer is evolution. “The 21st century has become so fastpaced that we often forget to be still enough to look around and marvel at the wonders we co-exist with.”
Choi was particularly taken by the vibrancy of a hummingbird’s plumage and the fleshy whorls of an iris, as well as a botanical installation by artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger called Falling Gardens. The result was a collection of shoes and bags that depict Mother Earth’s living treasures, presented beneath strings of paper origami birds, butterflies and leaves hanging from the ceiling.
Stilettos were reinterpreted in tropical pinks and oranges and embroidered with shimmering pearls, with delicate green straps that snaked like vines up the legs. Shoe-boots featured cut-outs that brought to mind feathers bent back by flight, while sculptural sandals were adorned with handstitched iris petals and metallic sequins. The bags retained the brand’s signature shapes but were more intricately detailed, with tinted Perspex panelling evoking the beauty of translucent flower petals against a sunlit backdrop.
Vanessa pumps, RM3,495
Left: Romy pumps in light indigo, RM2,750. Right: Romy pumps in black gold, RM4,495
Veto sandals, both RM3,875
Above: Arrow bags from RM4,450. Left: Artie bag, RM6,750 and Mayner heels, RM3,875