Jewel-toned rainbow gradients, sassy leopard spots, cool zebra stripes, colorful candy sprinkles, and glitter galore. No, those aren’t the components of a Lisa Frank sticker set, but rather the elements of artist Rob Pruitt’s Nicki Minaj-inspired collaboration with luxury brand Jimmy Choo. Pruitt also emblazoned his signature panda throughout — on purses, a scarf, shoes, and a key fob.
Pruitt explained the design process to ARTINFO. “They asked me to do some sketches, like patterns and designs, and then we looked at those, and then we thought about how we could turn those designs into shoes,” he said.
The result is a playful 18-piece collection of shoes, handbags, and accessories that brings you back to your youth. It’s filled with glitter — a material often used by Pruitt and Jimmy Choo designers — as well as colorful degradée, French lace, and cartoonish angel and devil renditions of the artist’s panda.
Pruitt said that designing the collection was a breeze, thanks to Jimmy Choo’s creative directors Simon Holloway and Sandra Choi. “The chief designers of Jimmy Choo, Simon and Sandra, are so talented. That made me feel comfortable with all of my ideas,” Pruitt said. “If I were to try to design shoes on my own they would probably have been a disaster. But working with their guidance, it was just really a thrill.”
The feeling was mutual. “He’s been absolutely fantastic,” Choi told ARTINFO. “We didn’t know what to expect. We’re both creatives, so from an artist to designers. He was so accommodating on boundaries. It was wonderful.”