STYLE SCOOP: Jewel Thieves Strike Paris, Jimmy Choo IPO, Veronica Beard’s 120% Growth

Kering’s been hit by the jewelry heist bug zipping through Paris. The family’s Dodo store, a subsidiary of Pomalleto, was robbed early Monday morning.

Rana Building collapse victims will begin to receive payouts for last year’s tragedy. $9 million is to be doled out among 580 people.

CFDA Incubator designer Veronica Beard has been seeing a lot of growth recently, with a projected 120% growth over the next year, bringing the brand’s distribution from 62 stores in 2012 to somewhere around 130 in the next year. They’ve spent the past year raising money from investors, including Theory’s Andrew Rosen.

Could Jimmy Choo be celebrating an IPO in the next 12 months? Market value for the brand could be about $1.66 billion (with a b).

Calling Jimmy Choo a Cobbler, and Other Famous Fashion Feuds

Thanks to an extraordinarily forthcoming Tamara Mellon (formerly of Jimmy Choo, currently anti Jimmy Choo,) the word on the street is that the man for which the shoes were named never actually designed anything. Now, Mellon has publicly called him a “cobbler”. (Burn!) Mellon, who departed Jimmy Choo to focus on her own brand, continues to air her dirty laundry for our horrified amusement (in interviews, a book, and excerpts published everywhere.) So what other fashion feuds gathered us in the schoolyard to watch?

But a year ago, respected fashion writer Cathy Horyn disrespected Oscar de la Renta in her review of his spring 2013 collection, calling de la Renta a “hotdog,” (in the surfer lingo sense of the word, meaning a showman, obviously.) A seething ODLR retorted with a full-page ad in WWD, calling Horyn a “stale, 3-day old hamburger.” The two have sort of since made up.

That time Keifer Sutherland head butted Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough at the Met Ball in 2009, breaking the designer’s nose. McCollough was supposedly defending the honor of Brooke Shields, who Sutherland had bumped into. Let’s assume Sutherland will never attend one of Proenza Schouler’s shows.

Hedi Slimane versus everyone ever. A few of his grievances include: making sure Cathy Horyn wasn’t invited to his debut show at YSL Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent because of comments she made in 2004, and cutting ties with retailer Colette (and losing hundreds of thousands of wholesale business for one season alone) over those AIN’T LAURENT without Yves tees. More to come, probably. 

Nicolas Ghesquière v. Balenciaga. When the designer left his post at Balenciaga, he broke his contracts by speaking ill in an interview with System magazine. Now the house is seeking about $7 million in damages. But who knows, maybe we’ll see him turn up at Louis Vuitton, and this will all be history.

Kate Moss, She’s Just Being Miley, Versace goes M.I.A., and other Fashion News You Need to Know 10/7

Kick off your week with the latest happenings in fashion and beauty.

Confirmed! M.I.A. will collaborate with the house of Versace Versace Versace Versace. The design of the 19-piece collection will be based on counterfeits and other street finds.

Another collab to look forward to: Kate Moss is coming back to Topshop. The super is working on a collection slated to hit stores in April. 

Color cosmetics company Inglot is stepping into the skin care market for the first time… all the better to prep your skin for makeup, my dear.

Beauty trends don’t matter anymore, according to the FT, and considering the timing of the shows and product launches. Do you agree?

ICYMI: Miley Cyrus was ever the lady in her shoot with raunchy photog Terry Richardson.

Worth a read: all about makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury.

Zing! Tamara Mellon calls Jimmy Choo a "cobbler".

Tamara Mellon Leaves Jimmy Choo

Carrie Bradshaw is crying on the fictional shoulder of Mr. Big right now. Tamara Mellon, who founded shoe line Jimmy Choo 16 years ago, is stepping down, along with the company’s current chief executive, Joshua Schulman, as the new owner takes over. What does this mean for the brand?

Probably nothing. though fashionistas are no doubt biting their manicured nails to see what happens to their favorite footwear now that its visionary is gone. Labelux, which owns Bally, Belstaff, and Derek Lam, knows what it’s doing. They bought the company for $850 million, after which Mellon celebrated by holding a swanky dinner at her penthouse apartment in New York. 

While Mellon has enough money to never work again, one can only hope she gets bored of living the life of leisure and decides to start up another brand.  

Pump It Up: The Best Heels of 2010

As the year winds down and we prepare to say so long to 2010, it’s time to go back and reflect on some of the greatest heels to hit the streets this year. From favorites and legends such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik, to newly minted Designer of the Year Brian Atwood, our feet have seen some incredible shoes in 2010. As our obsession with footwear continues to grow, heels are getting higher, sharper, and sleeker, and we are more willing to wear them than ever! There’s no doubt 2011 will bring even more addictive styles and we will spend our paychecks willingly. All hail the mighty stiletto and thank you for an incredible year of smoldering, back-breaking beauty! First up, these Christian Louboutin Tahiti Flower Shoes, $1095.

Jimmy Choo Marine Crystal Sandals, $1995 image

Manolo Blahnik Satin Embellished Pumps, $945 image

Brian Atwood Maniac Pumps, $580 image

Marilyn Minter for Jimmy Choo: Grimy Gilded Gams

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the creation of the Jimmy Choo line, co-founder Tamara Mellon commissioned Marilyn Minter to photograph the Crystal Anniversary Collection, featuring sky-high stilettos encrusted with crystals and jewels. Following in the vein of Minter’s previous work of close-ups of wet, dirty shoes, the Jimmy Choo photographs feature detail shots of the classic Choo silhouettes, splashing around in gold liquid.

Mellon has planned a number of collaborations and projects to commemorate the 15-year anniversary, but quickly chose Minter to kick off the series: “I have long been a collector and a fan of Marilyn’s work and know that she can capture the essence of my vision.” And judging by the striking results, Mellon and Minter make quite the pair.

Jimmy Choo Bringing Back Men’s Shoes

Riding high from the success of the men’s H&M Jimmy Choo line (pictured), Choo has decided to bring back men’s shoes for his 2011 collection. As one of the more prominent high-end shoe designers for women, Choo’s designs will invariably be expensive for men as well, but as chief creative officer Tamara Mellon notes, the first thing a woman looks at is a man’s shoes.

The H&M collection included classic black ankle boots, motorcycle boots, and short crocodile boots with studs and rhinestones. With hope, the new collection will be a similar mix of classic and fresh designs, for all guys modest to bold. Be sure to check it out in stores nationwide after the collection’s debut in Milan in January.

The Dream Team Shoe Sale

Tantalize your toes this week—Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo are on sale! Yes, that’s right ladies: Louboutin and Choo boutique sale! Fan yourself and pick your jaw up off of the floor because this is the holy grail of all shoe sales and you’ll need to be on your A-game. Call in sick, drop the kids off with the neighbor, or take an extended lunch—whatever you have to do to get there. You’ll need an extra large bag to take home your purchases and a pitchfork and/or taser to fend off the other shoppers. Come prepared!

Jimmy Choo is 30% off, and the sale is going on NOW. Christian Louboutin is 40% off and the sale starts tomorrow. Let’s go!