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.  

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.

Sneak Peak: Jimmy Choo Fragrance Launches February

Jimmy Choo fanatics can quit biting their perfectly manicured fingernails in anticipation. The long-awaited Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum has finally come to fruition. I know it’s true because I hold in my hand the wildly coveted bottle. After attending the launch party this week, I’ve also got all of the details: the fragrance will launch February 2010 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Embodying Tamara Mellon’s vision for Jimmy Choo—femininity, luxury, and style—in a bottle, the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo has always had her eye on developing a fragrance, stating “fragrance has always been part of my vision for Jimmy Choo, to fully extend the Jimmy Choo lifestyle, eveloping a woman with the sensuality and essence of the brand.” Her vision comes in a stunning bottle, bearing notes of tiger orchid and patchouli.

The fragrance collection will be offered in several forms: as a body lotion for $44, a shower gel for $36, a 2 ounce spray for $70, and a 3.3 ounce spray for $95.


Scent: Green top note with a heart note of tiger orchid, a base note of toffee, and sensual Indonesian patchouli. Packaging: The bottle is a beautiful amber encasement inspired by Venetian Murano glass and capped with an ultra-modern black cube. The box is inspired by a python Jimmy Choo shoe from the current collection.

Jimmy Choo Set to Release New Perfume this November

Associating a new scent with footwear isn’t a branding initiative I’d call bulletproof, but I was nonetheless intrigued to find a save-the-date invite to a press launch for a new fragrance from stiletto hawks Jimmy Choo in my inbox this morning. Not that it’s surprising that Jimmy Choo, the legendary accessory company made infamous thanks to Carrie Bradshaw, should be releasing a fragrance. In fact, it’s been a long time coming – rumors of a Choo fragrance have been brewing since early 2007.

Three years ago, J.C. penned a 12-year deal with Paris’ Inter Pafrums SA, which has licensed fragrances with Burberry, Lanvin, and Paul Smith. Back then, Tamara Mellon, the founder and President of Jimmy Choo, considered creating her own scent one of her ultimate goals:

“It has always been my vision to fully accessorize the woman, and fragrance is an integral part of the modern wardrobe. I look forward to bringing this important aspect of my vision to life.”

The contract went into effect in January of 2010, and the fragrance was said to be launching in Spring of 2010. After keeping ladies waiting for years, Mellon has finally been able to schedule a release date for her dream fragrance, or at the very least a press preview for this November. Good thinking: holiday shopping season is just around the corner.

Industry Insiders: The Halston Board’s Favorite Places

In our continuing quest to track down the wining, dining, and merchandising habits of the well-known and well-to-do, we were alerted to an upcoming New York holiday sale from designer Halston. Details, in case you’re wondering: the sale involves up to 75% off various species of womenswear, shoes, and bags, and it runs Friday, December 12 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.); Saturday, December 13 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); and Sunday, December 14 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). And the scene is 96 Spring Street (Broadway & Mercer), with cash and credit accepted. But beyond hawking their wares, what do the actual Halstonians enjoy doing around town? We put the question to Bonnie Takhar (Halston president and CEO), Tamara Mellon (Halston boardmember and founder of Jimmy Choo), and none other than Harvey Weinstein (also a Halston boardmember and incidentally of the Weinstein Company).

Favorite Hotel: The Mercer. It’s a block away from the Halston office. Takhar stays there when in NYC, and Takhar, Mellon, and Weinstein meet there to discuss biz.

Favorite Restaurant (Lunch): Downtown Cipriani. Once again, only a few blocks from the Halston office. Generous servings always.

Favorite Restaurant (Dinner): Blue Ribbon Brasserie. Best in seafood, an the buzzy atmosphere promotes conversation.

Favorite Bar: The Eldridge. Halston had the private aftershow party for the Spring 2009 collection here in September. Takhar and Mellon will head down to the Eldridge after late nights in the office; great music and drinks make it a great place to unwind.

Favorite Shops: Jeffrey New York (contemporary cool collections), What Goes Around Comes Around (a vintage feast), Bergdorf Goodman (uptown, upscale luxury).