One of the odder couples on the red carpet Monday night's Met Costume Institute Gala was founder and Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo Tamara Mellon and Usher. A source told Page Six, "Usher was supposed to be in Australia at the time, but his whole European schedule changed in part due to the Iceland volcano tying up travel abroad. He wanted to attend, and was invited to sit at Mellon's table. The two had met socially before, but are not good friends."
On Thursday morning, we caught up with Mellon at the launch of Choo 24:7 Boots and we quizzed her on her Met Gala escort. She told us, "Usher was the perfect gentleman, he was the best date I could have had," and, "We met in London at the Glamour Awards, he won Man of the Year and I won Brand of the Year, a few years ago. We met then." No mention of volcanoes.
As if we weren't jealous enough about Mellon's hot date, we now have a bad case of shoe, er, Choo envy. Mellon first launched Choo 24:7 with heels last season and this collection contains boots, boots and more boots: ankle, knee-high, over-the-knee--you name it, Mellon has meticulously designed it.
"Boots are such a great investment for women and every woman needs to have great boots in her closet, and really our brand history is in boots," she said. "I pioneered how we cut our boots. I found that when I was shopping, boots were too baggy on the leg and they didn't hit the leg at the right point, and for me, personally, before Jimmy Choo, I was always taking them to alteration people, getting them mended, having the zipper changed and so I completely changed the pattern cutting on the leg and the height of them."
Mellon calls the new footwear "investment pieces" that she promises will remain relevant for the next two years. Her pick of the pack is a leopard-print ankle boot with a small platform and a tall heel.
Mellon also mentioned that Jimmy Choo's recent sneakers line has been a great success, and have been purchased by Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Uma Thurman.