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

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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

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