From the bright lights of Piccadilly to the stylish bars of Mayfair, the BT Tower hangs herculean over the new emerging capital of the Swinging Sixties. Kings Road and Carnaby Street are engrossed by the new bohemians, free radicals and trend setters who – regardless of the disappointing glances of the old bowler hat brigade – carry on craving modernity through fashion, music and design.
Jimi Hendrix echoes throughout the streets from Southwark to Putney, Aldgate and Notting Hill whilst the Waterloo Sunset glistens psychedelically along the banks of the Thames. This is London Calling; and it’s easy to see why Jimmy Choo has chosen this predominant decade in British cultural history as the main inspiration for his autumn/winter men’s collection – especially this year, when the eyes of the World are once again firmly focused on our great capital.
The collection is flamboyant and colourful, reflecting the hippy nature of the late sixties whilst incorporating British luxury and exquisite Italian craftsmanship. The collection provides footwear for all occasions – from traditional work shoes to evening footwear – all of which have an edge of playfulness and more than a hint of nostalgia.
This classic black leather brogue is a shining example of Jimmy Choo ingenuity; inspired by the Casinos of sixties London, the brogue has the four card suits punctured on the toe of the shoe. This hint of playfulness sets this brogue apart from its more conservative counterparts.
Perfect for the office rebel, this shoe should make a statement in a subtle way – less is more after all.
This violet chukka boot with a bright fuchsia lining is the epitome of laid back style. Taking its inspiration from the hippy/free love movement of the late sixties it oozes psychedelic qualities, the perfect accompaniment to an outfit of contrasting block colour or used as a dash of vibrancy to a more monochromatic outfit.
Aptly named after Sloane Square/Street, an area within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this evening slipper reflects the 60s party hub of Chelsea. The black and silver glittered slipper would stand you in good stead on any dance floor playing 60s music or otherwise.
A great alternative to a black Oxford worn to black tie events, this shoe will get you through many a good night in glittering success.
So there we have it, a collection of beautiful footwear that channels the nostalgia and excitement of sixties London whilst staying true to its own heritage. The extensive collection is available online at Mr.Porter.