Jimmy Choo / Jean Paul Gaultier: A Legendary Fusion of Pop Culture and High Fashion
October 25, 2023
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Global pop sensation Kylie Minogue stars in the Jimmy Choo / Jean Paul Gaultier campaign – uniting an incredible trinity of pop cultural legacies to bring this unique collaboration to life.
Kylie’s deep and long-lasting connections with both Jean Paul Gaultier and Jimmy Choo make her the natural choice to showcase this fashion fusion – she has performed in multiple made-to-measure Gaultier looks, while Sandra Choi has created custom shoes for her for over 30 years.
The Jimmy Choo / Jean Paul Gaultier collaboration collection of footwear is a creative conversation between two fashion houses whose parallel legacies span multifaceted cultural mixes, a love of craft, and an idiosyncratic ideology of glamorous rebellion. The collaboration fuses the identities of the two iconic brands – one emblematic of London, the other quintessentially Parisian – and explores the dichotomy between these two geographic and philosophical points.
The collection proposes a capsule of greatest hits blending elemental and eternal Gaultier codes with the modern icons of Jimmy Choo. Trompe l’oeil, sexuality, rebel elegance, couture craftsmanship – the singular languages of Gaultier and Jimmy Choo ﬁnd a dual vocabulary. Shared values – of empowerment, of individuality and of celebrating the strong female form – unite their aesthetics and inspire the collection. The result is a rich blend of two heritages, two nationalities, two personalities. This collection becomes a dynamic tale of two cities, here brought together.
Inspired by Gaultier’s ground-breaking SS94 collection ‘Les Tatouages’, the streamlined pump and over-the-knee boot serve as a canvas for an original hand-drawn design – each different size and style features a slightly different print, adding to the precious nature of these pieces. The tattoo pattern is also showcased in pavé crystals – in addition to the leather pumps – for a signature touch of Jimmy Choo glamour.
Jean Paul Gaultier is synonymous with his infamous proposal of underwear as outerwear; a bold reclamation of corsetry as a symbol of modern sexual liberation for all gender identities. This notion and aesthetic is represented by the collection’s corset sling back, crafted with a distinctive double layer design that takes our Italian artisans two hours to execute.
London Via Paris
If the elongated toe and refined vamp of these statement wedges are emblematic of Jimmy Choo, then Jean Paul Gaultier is present in the striking wit and surreal nature of this standout design. Each of these transparent heels captures the spirit of both brands’ cities; with Paris’ Eiffel Tower and London’s Big Ben etched asymmetrically inside each heel.
This style represents the fusion of two true icons, Gaultier’s signature heavy metal jewelry – evocative of the London punk scene – and Jimmy Choo’s iconic Bing mule. The asymmetric jewelry adorning this style is decorated lavishly with crystals and branded hardware. The metallic chain continues onto the back of the shoes, ensuring it makes a statement from every angle.
The Art Of Illusion
Featuring a playful denim trompe l’oeil print, the innovative boot can be worn two ways; as an over the knee leather silhouette or, alternatively, turned down to a mid-calf style with a denim cuff. This digitally printed effect is crafted with fabric that is washed to fix the colour, as is the traditional process to make a classic pair of jeans
ABOUT JEAN PAUL GAULTIER:
Established by its namesake in 1976, the house of Jean Paul Gaultier is a Parisian paradox – fusing tropes of French style with a distinct rebel spirit, couture quality with street smart, shock with chic. Known for wicked tailoring and anti-establishment stances, the designer gained a reputation as French fashion’s ‘Enfant Terrible’ that inspires the provocative and playful spirit of the maison Gaultier to the present day. Lead by creative director Florence Tétier, today Gaultier focuses on collaborations with diﬀerent creatives to remix and reinvent the legacy of the house for new generations, and celebrate the ceaseless creativity of its founder.
For more information about the collection, visit Jimmy Choo on the Lower Level or call 786-204-4309.
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