Shoe Bonanaza: Choo and Valentino’s new collections

Valentino’s Timestring collection (from top left clockwise): Bow heels with studs (HK$13,500), nude pumps (HK$8,900), net booties with studs (HK$9,200), velvet wedges (HK$9,900)

What women will ever say no to a new pair of shoes?  Just this week, Jimmy Choo and Valentino launched two new shoe collections that are guaranteed to get your Carrie Bradshaw alter ego running to the shops.

At Valentino, creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have launched Timestring, a capsule collection of 10 styles that will probably fly off the shelves as quickly as their studded kitten heels (which I still spot everywhere and am contemplating buying).  All the shoes in this collection, however, are handmade and therefore unique, so think of them as the Haute Couture for your feet.

Each style reinterprets Valentino’s signatures from flowers and lace to the bold red colour that is synonymous with the house. Highlights include grid-like booties decorated with delicate bows and velvet wedges with a plexiglass heel for a modern look. Polka dots appear on Minnie Mouse-esque platformss while sexy nude pumps are decorated with a dramatic red flower at the back. Each shoe is identified by a string of numbers handwritten inside that shows the overall production time for each pair. Everything is super chic down to the palette of nude, black and red.

Jimmy Choo Icons (from top left, clockwise): Marlene (HK$19,000), Veronica, Greta (HK$10,800) and Anita.

On the other end of the spectrum is Jimmy Choo’s Icons collection. Founder Tamara Mellon has selected 15 styles from the archives that have played an important role in the brand’s history from the feather shoes immortalised by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City to a style recently worn by Natalie Portman. Rather than reissue them, she has used them as inspiration for new styles such as the sexy Marlene (with colourful blue feathers) and the Faye, a zebra print pony pump topped with a red silk corsage.

The original 15 icons are also chronicled in a new book Jimmy Choo XV, which features images shot by Maria Testino and Terry Richardson. It’s a cheaper alternative to buying the shoes themselves of course!

Valentino (tel: +852 2523 8035) and Jimmy Choo (tel: +852  2525 6068) are both at The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong.

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