Tamara Mellon is no stranger to the worlds of business and fashion. After approaching bespoke shoemaker Jimmy Choo with the idea of a ready-to-wear collection, the former editor of British Vogue became co-founder of the Jimmy Choo company in the 1990s and catapulted the label into a household name. In 2010, Mellon was awarded the Order of the British Empire, and in 2011, after fifteen years with the label, she left Choo. In 2013, she went into business for herself with the release of In My Shoes, a memoir chronicling her life, which started her eponymous clothing line.
Mellon brought a breath of fresh air to the fashion industry with her line. She approached fashion with an innovative notion, one that embraced the way women shop. She releases garments on a consistent basis (every month or every other month) and strays away from seasons, ensuring that new garments are constantly on the rack. It’s a simple, but brilliant concept. Read more about high fashion and trends.
During a recent presentation at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, Mellon showcased some of her versatile pieces and discussed her favorite fashion looks. “I like clothes that are comfortable and sensual, and I always like them to have a masculine element,” the designer said. For this line, she chose a color palette that was ideal for mixing and matching. It features black, white and cream in the forefront, and splashes of vibrant pink and a gray python print infusing color and texture. The garments had a certain ease about them, pointing to a woman who is stylish and sexy, but effortless. A billowy peasant top with cut out shoulders looked a bit more casual when paired with a pair of leather leggings but took on a more structured look when tucked into a pair of white high-waisted trousers. Leather skirts brought a sexy edge to the collection in an unexpected calf length silhouette: a fringe version offered movement while a fitted wrap pencil skirt with snaps and a slit brought in more edge.
“Everyone knows I’m jumpsuit obsessed. A great jumpsuit, to me, is one that you can throw on day or night. You can dress it up or down,” she said. Nothing seems to scream uncomplicated dressing like a fabulous jumpsuit, and this is one item Mellon loves designing and wearing. She showed off jumpsuits in varying silhouettes. A flowy, high-waist version with a lux snakeskin detail in the back, a sexy fitted deep v-neck catsuit with a cropped pant, and a 1970s inspired one shoulder blouson with a peplum. Mellon’s collection offers bags and shoes perfect for dressing garments up or down, and a pair of flat gladiators in silver is a perfect addition to any shoe lover’s closet.
Her fashion forward collection is perfect for the woman who always strives to look polished, yet relaxed. As much as women look to Mellon for incredible designs, it seems that Mellon is always looking back at the everyday woman for inspiration. ■