Jimmy Choo unveils collaboration with contemporary artist Rob Pruitt
October 12, 2012: Luxury fashion brand Jimmy Choo has unveiled the much anticipated capsule collection created in collaboration with contemporary artist Rob Pruitt. But wait a bit more as the products are set to debut in Jimmy Choo boutiques and online only in November 2012.
Mr Pruitt has wielded his particular brand of iconoclastic humour and visual exuberance since he emerged on the New York art scene in the late 1980s. From glittering panda bear paintings to large scale dégradé canvases with a scribble of human expression, to a silvered Andy Warhol monument on public view, Mr Pruitt is known for producing art that is both playful and profound.
The Jimmy Choo collection, thus, has a whimsical feel too, incorporating some of his recurring artistic themes. Each product is finished with an extreme attention to detail including playful linings, exclusive materials and hand-finished soles. Pruitt signatures of glitter zebra, pandas and dégradé colour feature in the product design, presented in surprising and often contrasting combinations always with graphic black detailing. In a playful expression for Jimmy Choo, Pruitt created a unique duo of angel and devil pandas symbolizing the dual personalities of the Jimmy Choo woman: the classic good girl / bad girl double play.
The collection features 19 styles of shoes, bags and accessories executed in unique materials developed exclusively for the collaboration by the brand. Iconic styles including the Anouk pump which is reimagined featuring Pruitt’s signature use of dégradé colour in vibrant orange, pink, and yellow hues of mirrored leather overlaid with French lace. Echoing this, the Sweetie clutch in gradient mirrored acrylic is overprinted with a black lace motif. Even the Wheel smoking slipper gets the Pruitt touch with versions of his pandas embroidered onto a dégradé printed hair calf.
The collectible collection includes a limited edition pair of angel and devil panda minaudières, each featuring more than 11,000 hand-applied crystals. Each set, one of a limited edition of 14, will be numbered and signed by the artist.