Jimmy Choo taps Kate Moss for new campaign

Jimmy Choo has unveiled Kate Moss as the new star of its In My Choos campaign.The supermodel is the latest in a line-up of A-list faces to be featured in the Jimmy Choo storytelling series, quite literally following in the footsteps of Sienna Miller an…

Jimmy Choo has unveiled Kate Moss as the new star of its In My Choos campaign.

The supermodel is the latest in a line-up of A-list faces to be featured in the Jimmy Choo storytelling series, quite literally following in the footsteps of Sienna Miller and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Showing off chunky heels, strappy sandals and sneakers from the pre-fall 20 line, Kate poses in numerous images for the famous shoe brand.

She also stars in a video for Jimmy Choo’s social media platforms in which she opens up about career advice, how she overcomes self-doubt, and her favourite shoe.

“The best career advice I’ve been given… well it’s more like something I learnt along the way, is collaborate with the team,” she smiled. “I think my career-defining moment was seeing myself on a bus in New York for Calvin Klein Obsession.”

She added of doubting herself: “I think gut instinct is the only way to know it for sure. Trust your instinct.”

As for her go-to footwear choice, Kate said you can’t beat a strappy high sandal.

“Oh my goodness. It’s my dream shoe. If I could wear them every day I would,” she grinned.

As well as modelling shoes, the 46-year-old showed off the latest Jimmy Choo handbags.

Announcing the news on Instagram, a brand representative gushed over Kate’s signing.

“In my Choos featuring Kate Moss Introducing the next instalment of #INMYCHOOS: There could be no more fitting muse for this season’s Bohemian Glamour-inspired collection than the fashion icon, Kate Moss,” they wrote.

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Michael Kors pledges support for Black Lives Matter movement

Michael Kors has promised to take on a bigger role in promoting diversity within the fashion industry.In response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, ex…

Michael Kors has promised to take on a bigger role in promoting diversity within the fashion industry.

In response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, executives at the brand, founded by the designer in 1981, have issued a statement in which they have voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement and other anti-racism organisations, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“Our company does not condone racism, discrimination or violence of any kind. We stand in solidarity with the Black community to work towards ending racial prejudice and injustice,” they said. “As an organisation and as individuals, we have an opportunity to positively impact the future. We are continuing to work diligently with our Global Diversity and Inclusion Council on initiatives to foster greater equality for our employees and the communities that we serve. We are committed to listening, learning and taking the necessary actions to support long-term positive change for the Black community.

“Additionally, we intend to contribute to other social justice, legal and educational organisations to support diversity and inclusion in the future. We look forward to updating you on our progress.”

Bosses at Kors’ parent company Capri Holdings and the designer will be making donations to the NAACP. In addition, Capri’s chairman, John D. Idol, has also confirmed the company will be giving funds to the civil rights group on behalf of the conglomerate’s other brands, including Versace and Jimmy Choo.

Meanwhile, leaders at French fashion company Kering, which owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, have also vowed to stand in solidarity against racism and will be making donations to the NAACP and Campaign Zero, an organisation that aims to reduce police violence in the U.S.

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Jimmy Choo launches shoe sketching competition

Jimmy Choo has called on footwear fans to take part in a shoe sketch competition.In light of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, creative director Sandra Choi has invited those staying at home and practicing social distancing to have a go at d…

Jimmy Choo has called on footwear fans to take part in a shoe sketch competition.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, creative director Sandra Choi has invited those staying at home and practicing social distancing to have a go at designing their own fantasy pair of shoes as part of the #CHOOSKETCH initiative.

“Collaboration is integral to creativity. I collaborate daily with my design team; the dialogue of different ideas keeps inspiration ignited and pushes boundaries,” she said. “We also look outside to collaborate with partners from different areas – fashion designers, artists, illustrators, and photographers, the opportunities are endless. Authenticity is key to a successful collaboration where the meeting of minds from different worlds fuses to spark the imagination resulting in ideas that surprise and delight.”

Those wanting to take part will need to draw their shoe design and submit it to the luxury label’s website by 15 May. Choi and her team will select their top 10 designs and then ask Instagram followers to vote for five. Those winners will then see their sketches developed into a capsule collection, with the proceeds from sales to be donated to charity.

And to give Jimmy Choo fans a little inspiration, Choi uploaded a sketch of a spring-themed stiletto to social media.

“Never more have we needed to look to things that help our minds keep calm and stay positive. For my first #CHOOSKETCH I have created a fantasy shoe that takes inspiration from the pure beauty of blossom, contrasting against an infinite blue sky backlit with rays of golden sunlight. Our lives are on pause but nature continues to weave her magic, that helps to fuel my optimism,” she added.

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Michael Kors and Versace stores to remain closed until June

All Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo stores across North America and Europe are to remain closed until June.On Monday, representatives for Capri Holdings Limited, the parent company of the luxury fashion and accessories labels, announced that they…

All Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo stores across North America and Europe are to remain closed until June.

On Monday, representatives for Capri Holdings Limited, the parent company of the luxury fashion and accessories labels, announced that they anticipate all retail stores will be closed until approximately 1 June in response to the coronavirus crisis, and will only reopen once it’s safe to do so.

Accordingly, an estimated 7,000 staff across North America will be furloughed, with bosses to continue to pay the employer portion of benefits to support impacted personnel.

“The company expects to require a smaller workforce as it resets its business post-Covid-19,” they commented. “The goal of the company is to return as many retail employees as possible to work in the second half of the fiscal year as its business rebuilds.”

In addition, designer Michael Kors, Versace creative director Donatella Versace, Sandra Choi, chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo, and Capri’s chairman and chief executive officer, John D. Idol, have each voluntarily elected to forgo their salaries for the fiscal year of 2021.

“The impact of Covid-19 on the world and the global economy is changing rapidly in ways we could not have anticipated,” added Idol. “This is a very challenging time for our business. We are diligently working to address this unprecedented situation by taking measures to protect our employees and maintain the company’s financial flexibility. We do not take any of these measures lightly, particularly with respect to our employees who are the heart and soul of our company. We continue to believe in the power of our three fashion luxury brands and the resiliency of our company to navigate these extraordinary times.”

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Michael Kors donating $2 million to coronavirus relief efforts

Michael Kors has pledged to donate $2 million (£1.6 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.At present, the U.S. is one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 201,000 active cases.Accordingly, K…

Michael Kors has pledged to donate $2 million (£1.6 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

At present, the U.S. is one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 201,000 active cases.

Accordingly, Kors announced on Wednesday that bosses at his namesake fashion brand will be donating $1 million (£806,000), while himself and chief executive officer John Idol will make personal contributions totalling $1 million towards organisations based in New York City.

“Among the many things that I love about New York and New Yorkers is their strength and unwavering resilience in times of crisis. For a city as big as it is, there’s always been a strong sense of community,” the designer wrote in an Instagram post. “It’s heartbreaking to see what is happening here in my hometown, which is currently an epicentre of the virus, and the impact this outbreak is having on people in our city and around the world. I commend everyone working on the frontlines in our health care centres and thank you for your dedication to helping others.”

Kors’s donation will be distributed between the NYU Langone Health and New York-Presbyterian Hospitals, with each receiving $750,000 (£605,000), while $250,000 (£202,000) will go to God’s Love We Deliver, an organisation that delivers meals to the city’s most vulnerable people. The other $250,000 will be gifted to A Common Thread, the group set up by the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in order to help provide financial relief for small businesses in the fashion community affected by the pandemic.

“Our hearts and souls go out to those who are working on the front lines to help the world combat the Covid-19 pandemic,” Idol added. “We thank them for their remarkable dedication and courage and want to support them and the hospitals where they work. We also aim to strengthen organisations dedicated to helping the community. This is clearly a time for people to come together in every way and on every level, because we are all stronger in our united resolve.”

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Jimmy Choo donating $500,000 to coronavirus relief efforts

Jimmy Choo is donating $500,000 £400,000 towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.At present, the U.K. is one of the countries worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 27,000 active cases and over 2,350 deaths.Accordingly…

Jimmy Choo is donating $500,000 £400,000 towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

At present, the U.K. is one of the countries worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 27,000 active cases and over 2,350 deaths.

Accordingly, Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi announced on Wednesday that her company will be donating to organisations based in the company’s home country as well as to charities around the world.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the teams of doctors, nurses, scientists and volunteers at the frontline working day and night to fight this pandemic in our hometown of London and across the world,” she said in a statement. “We support you. You are not alone. We are in this together.”

Bosses at the luxury accessories label will be donating $250,000 (£200,000) to the U.K. National Health Service’s Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, with the money helping to support hospital staff, volunteers and others on the frontline caring for patients, while the other $250,000 will go towards the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Officials at the fund are assisting medical professionals and patients around the globe by providing critical aid and supplies.

Jimmy Choo is owned by Capri Holdings Limited. Other brands within the conglomerate have also made significant contributions to relief funds, including Michael Kors and Versace.

“Our hearts and souls go out to those who are working on the front lines to help the world combat the Covid-19 pandemic,” said John D. Idol, chairman and chief executive officer of Capri Holdings Limited. “We thank them for their remarkable dedication and courage and want to support them and the hospitals where they work. We also aim to strengthen organisations dedicated to helping the community. This is clearly a time for people to come together in every way and on every level, because we are all stronger in our united resolve.”

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Jimmy Choo unveils debut beauty collection

Jimmy Choo is gearing up to make a splash in the beauty world.The footwear company, helmed by creative director Sandra Choi, is known for its luxury pumps and stilettos, with celebrity fans including Amy Adams, Bella Hadid, and Catherine, Duchess of Ca…

Jimmy Choo is gearing up to make a splash in the beauty world.

The footwear company, helmed by creative director Sandra Choi, is known for its luxury pumps and stilettos, with celebrity fans including Amy Adams, Bella Hadid, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

However, the label has now unveiled the Seduction Collection, a limited-edition capsule line of cosmetics comprised of 10 lipsticks, eight nail polishes, and a set of six concentrated fragrances.

“Seduction Collection is the embodiment of Jimmy Choo’s refined universe: feminine, elegant, daring and mesmerising,” a brand representative shared. “The ideal fashion accessory enhanced with rich shades for the lips, vibrant colours for nails and luxurious fragrances all showcased in precious nude-tinted boxes finished with gold and glitter for the ultimate luxury.”

The lipstick range includes Red Carpet, a blue-based red, and Burgundy Charm, a deep red for a timeless and sophisticated look. Meanwhile, the nail polishes are available in reds, pinks, and two glitter shades.

“The palette of strong, vibrant colours are presented in a multi-faceted glass bottle which captures light to enhance the colour further. The elegant nude cap is highlighted with gold glitter effect and the Jimmy Choo logo. The large, curved brush allows for a perfect application,” they added.

The Jimmy Choo Seduction Collection is stocked at Harrods in the U.K.

Items are priced between $42 – $211 (£35 – £175).

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Donatella Versace has no plans to retire

Donatella Versace has no desire to slow down anytime soon.The Italian designer succeeded her sibling Gianni Versace as chief creative director at the fashion brand following his tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997. Donatella remains highly involved …

Donatella Versace has no desire to slow down anytime soon.

The Italian designer succeeded her sibling Gianni Versace as chief creative director at the fashion brand following his tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella remains highly involved in all aspects of the business, and in a new interview with Elle magazine, she explained that she remains devoted to building the company.

“I cannot live forever, I’m not gonna be here forever, and things change in fashion. I’m the first one open to changes,” the 64-year-old told the March 2020 issue of the publication, before joking: “Nobody wants me to step aside, and that’s terrible!”

In December 2018, Versace was acquired by Capri Holdings Limited, the parent company of Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, and while the sale was a big decision for Donatella and her family, the fashion star couldn’t be happier with the way the business is now expanding.

“I was very careful about deciding something like this, which could change my life completely,” she commented. “I think the company needs to move ahead. I’m very happy about my choice, because Versace can grow faster.”

Donatella presented her fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week last Friday. Merging sexy separates with sportswear elements, the range included an athletic-inspired red minidress, sheer shirts with glittery animal prints, and sharp suiting with beaded lapels.

Kaia Gerber walked the runway in a tiger print faux fur coat and matching dress, Gigi Hadid rocked a black dress with exaggerated shoulders and the fashion house’s signature slashes, and Kendall Jenner closed the spectacle in a show-stopping metal mesh minidress featuring crystals on the neckline.

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Kaia Gerber doesn’t like to be called a model

Kaia Gerber doesn’t like being labelled as a model.The 18-year-old began her career at the tender age of 10 and has since walked the runway for the likes of Versace, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Chanel. But when asked for her career advice …

Kaia Gerber doesn’t like being labelled as a model.

The 18-year-old began her career at the tender age of 10 and has since walked the runway for the likes of Versace, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Chanel.

But when asked for her career advice to budding young models wanting to get their big break in the industry, Kaia was quick to insist that she was more than just a pretty face.

“Well, I always like to say, I model – but I am not a model,” she told Teen Vogue. “Because once you put ‘a’ or ‘an’ ahead of a title, it staples that to you. So, my advice to others who want to navigate new territories would be to not hesitate and just do what would make you proud. Never box yourself in.”

The daughter of supermodel icon Cindy Crawford also discussed her new capsule collection with Jimmy Choo and revealed she didn’t want to include skyscraper heels in her debut footwear line simply because she doesn’t like wearing them.

“I’m not typically the type to dress on-trend. I’m an ‘if I like it, I like it’ type girl,” she explained. “It was sort of a selfish decision because I’m not big on high-heels.”

The limited-edition line features four styles – lace-up combat boots, western boots, slingback heels, and a pair of slides – and Kaia kept her family in mind when she designed the collection with creative director Sandra Choi.

“I really wanted to make a shoe that my mom, my friends, or even my grandmother could wear,” she shared.

Fifteen per cent of all sales from the Jimmy Choo x KAIA collaboration, which is available now, will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Billy Porter rocks ‘royal’ gold outfit to 2020 Oscars

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous grap…

Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.

The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous graphic skirt and a sleeveless, feathered bodice.

He completed the look, which he told the New York Times was “all about royalty”, with custom Jimmy Choo heels, minimal make-up, and embellished glasses.

However, for his performance with Janelle Monae to open the Academy Awards, Porter changed into a ’70s-inspired red two-piece, complete with an extravagant gold embellished floor-length coat, to sing Elton John’s track I’m Still Standing.

The 50-year-old topped off the ensemble with an ethical and sustainable Diamond Foundry necklace from Lark & Berry, which his stylist Sam Ratelle insisted was the perfect finishing touch to his onstage outfit.

“When I saw this stunning Lark & Berry x Diamond Foundry necklace, I knew that it was the perfect shining accent to his performance look,” he told InStyle. “The fact that it is ethical and sustainable with cultured diamonds only makes it even more special and important to wear at an occasion like the Academy Awards. Looking good and doing good doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

And the stylist has big plans for Porter, as he wants to encourage more designers to be open to creating gowns for men.

“The last two years have been about getting to this point. Now that we’re here, it’s the next place to go,” Ratelle added.

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