I have to be honest, I wasn't all that excited about the Jimmy Choo for H&M collaboration at first. The early ad campaigns were a little tacky, and it all seemed over-priced. But I think it's starting to grow on me. Even though they aren't shipping any of it to the stores in Boston?!?! Really? Really now?
Look at those thigh high boots. Yum. The leather tights not so much.
I'm assuming these have to be decent quality, because $99 is a lot from an H&M quality shoe. This first shoe is a fun blend of the dominatrix heel trend and the gladiator sandal thing with a bit of a shoe bootie (shootie?) vibe. I love that it has some of the effect of a bootie, but it's so much lighter and more flattering. If they had a bit of a platform I would be all over them. This second pair of heels isn't my usual thing, but the combination of the patent leather and the buckle is very snazzy. The architectural straps manage to be structured and very fluid at the same time, and I think these would look equally adorable with bare legs and tights, so they're a practical fall/winter buy.
$299 is a lot for anything from H&M. But on the other hand, that's pretty cheap for a pair of thigh high leather boots. I think these are going to be a sell-out. They're simple, so they're as versatile as a thigh high boot can be, the heel is just the right height, and judging from the campaign pic, they're the perfect height (short enough to show with shorts or an uber-mini, long enough to double as pants with a long top--and tights, hopefully). This dress is one of my favorite pieces from the whole collection. It's probably better than this collaboration isn't coming to Boston, because I'd buy this. I've been dying for a leather dress, and a suede dress?! OMG. The suede looks so rich and tactile, the asymmetrical cut is perfect, the body is insanely flattering, and the bit of draping on the sleeve is very on-trend. Plus, it's dove grey! It's like the epitome of all the things I love rolled into one dress. It's just plain mean.
Do you guys remember how much I loved Angelina Jolie's leather dress at the Inglorious Bastards premiere? I love this leather dress just as much. Just like with the grey dress above, I love the cut--it's the perfect mix of chic and on-trend--and while the leather could come across as looking cheap, here it looks refined, albeit in a very edgy sort of way. I'd wear this with a pair of peep-toe platforms and a few short necklaces, maybe a bangle. I think the bags are real leather? I hope so. If this bag is real leather, then it's a total steal. I love the chain handle, the slouchy but clean-lined shaped, the subtle hardware, the side pockets. I feel like this could be the perfect daytime tote.
Tory Burch Effram Hobo, $550 at shopbop.com, Tory Burch Patent Croc Continental Clutch, $225 at shopbop.com, Kenneth Jay Lane Braided Cuff, $88 at shopbop.com: OMG the bling on this Tory Burch bag. It's all business in the front, sparkly layered pailette amazingness on the side. That flash of metallic makes the entire bag. My friend has one of these Tory Burch wallets and I think it's the most adorable thing ever. It's a great blend of a practical wallet and a chic little clutch. The croc-embossing pushes it over the edge into totally covetable. I mean, you could just use it all day as a wallet, put some lip gloss in it, and then leave your purse at home and go out. The pattern on this cuff is so interesting. It's kind of like wicker? The idea of making a wicker chair into a cuff is very interesting. I think I like it. It's very arts and crafts chic, and a statement cuff is a great way to polish off an outfit.
Jimmy Choo campaign: thisislavie.com, All Jimmy Choo for H&M pics: hm.com, Tory Burch bag: shopbop.com, Tory Burch clutch: shopbop.com, Kenneth Jay Lane cuff: shopbop.com.