Women’s accessories for fall were anything but understated. Brands played with vintage looks and tantalizing hybrids, lush materials and surprising combinations. Resplendent, unapologetic femininity reigned. Casual styles came in flamboyantly precious variations, while evening shoes could even be comfortable.Giuseppe ZanottiThe Roaring Twenties and the Far East inspired Giuseppe Zanotti’s collection of sensual shoes decked in materials like velvet, lurex, satin and mink. Marabou feathers and crystal swooped down the arch of the dramatic Charleston stiletto. Crystal serpents slithered down black leather boots, while tall peep-toe wedges towered over empty space, supported by the tiniest golden heel. Accompanying the shoe collection were Gatsby-inspired crystal jewelry, fur gilets, velvet clutches, and evening biker jackets with fur trim or crystal.Le Silla Le Silla synthesized eclectic influences in its daring, feminine Infusion group. Fine python and crocodile skins, fur, pony and techno materials merged with rich velvets, satins and deep glossy colors. There were frayed edges, combat boots with velvet laces, floral thigh-high boots with flat heels, harlequin patterns and military epaulette beading on heels. The Lunar collection featured stretch glitter yarn boots, and crystal- and stone-encrusted stiletto and chunky heels.Church’sChurch’s crossed elegant men’s dress styles to create new women’s classics with a vintage feel. Chelsea boots with double monk straps echoed the 1800s, while a cross between a derby and an ankle boot softened 20th-century modernism. High heels debuted on penny loafers and Shanghai-Chelsea boot hybrids, while metal-studded brogue pattern made stunning wingtips.Paula CademartoriPaula Cademartori’s collection of handbags and shoes was inspired by a winter garden, with colorful blooms rendered in a variety of techniques, including calf leather and suede intarsia. Among the novelties this season was the Twi Twi, a small bag with a pocket for credit cards that comes with a cross-body strap.“I like to do things that can make an outfit. I don’t do clothes — yet — but I wish that I will one day do the brand in a 360-degree way,” said Cademartori, whose brand was acquired last October by Renzo Rosso’s OTB group.Elena GhiselliniFor fall, Elena Ghisellini revisited some of her staple designs. "I wanted to bring together the most iconic bags from my past collections," she said at her presentation, where each bag was creatively displayed in glass stands. The result was an array of her distinctive color-blocked and graphic designs, ranging from one of her favorites, the cat- inspired optic clutch, to cool padded leather totes. She also played with textures and injected a sense of opulence via velvet and fur touches, as shown on a red jeweled velvet clutch and a fun red, white, black and orange furry number.Bertoni 1949Bertoni 1949’s collection ran the gamut from bags emblazoned with graffiti referencing its heritage to more sophisticated styles. Highlights included a rigid boxy oxblood leather handbag embellished with gold studs, as well as velvet versions — in mustard or silver — that combined a soft and rigid structure.FurlaFurla celebrated its 90th anniversary with a limited-edition collection of nine special flaps to customize the Metropolis bag’s leather body — one for each decade. The fall lineup also included totes with animal prints, graphic designs and marine inspirations, as well as an expanded collection of shoes including furry boots, ballerinas with grosgrain bows and colorful toes, and sandals with metallic details.CasadeiCasadei’s velvet sabots or ankle boots — also with animal prints — were revisited with stone details, rubies, emeralds and sapphires embellishing golden heels. The Italian footwear company also created “an ideal wardrobe” with "It" girl Lena Perminova, a travel set of five pairs of shoes, from zipped-up lace-up boots to evening stilettos.AGL Attilio Giusti LeombruniAGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni reflected the taste of each sister behind the collection, Sara, Marianna and Vera, ranging from revisited Texan boots to feminine and dressy kitten-heel pumps made with fabrics used for ties or velvet boots with ribbons, and more conceptual platform sandals with furry or mirror details. “Would we wear it? This is the question we always ask ourselves before we put a model into production,” said Sara Giusti Leombruni.HoganThe brand's staple luxury sneakers came in felt for fall, and maxi-sneakers and mountain ankle boots were made cozy by the use of shearling. “We celebrate 30 years in business and we are going back to our roots, focusing on accessories and shoes in particular,” said Andrea Della Valle, the company's president, referring to a return to a static presentation of footwear after developing ready-to-wear for a few seasons.Jimmy ChooSandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s creative director, riffed on some of the brand’s classics and also challenged herself with a host of new shapes, playing with ideas of hard and soft, tough and sweet. The most opulent pieces were the standouts. They included velvet kitten heels with chunky jewels dotted across the vamp, soft crushed velvet booties and over-the-knee boots and towering sandals with poufs of fox fur at the back.One of Choi’s personal favorites was a court shoe with a high cut and a glittering ankle strap. Heels ranged from the classic Choo stiletto to a wider, flatter “Sly” heel to a micro-kitten style. Suede hiking boots with jaunty pom-pom details and a side-buckle studded boot inspired by a creeper gave the collection a tougher edge.Sergio RossiHow could Sergio Rossi top last season’s ballet performance? The answer is with a surreal installation courtesy of Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda. The creative duo set up an elevated glass and stainless steel structure that showed models walking in the shoes — but only from the knees down. Kinmonth said they approached the project with “affection and a great sense of playfulness,” while the brand’s chief executive officer Riccardo Sciutto said he wanted the show to relay a sense of motion more than anything else. “You cannot have shoes just standing on a table,” said the executive, who plans to launch a new online concept store for Rossi in April.Models in sheer white dresses edged with tiny LED lights walked round and round the structure in high black or white boots with studs and square toes, stilettos with a copper triangle pattern, and booties done in silver leather or a green, black-and-white leather intarsia. Fur scuff slippers and high-heel sandals, also with fur, added a soft edge to this sleek collection.Alexandre BirmanThere was a lavish glamour to this collection by Brazilian designer Alexandre Birman, what with all the velvet, brocade, iguana, glitter and crochet that swirled through his creations. The fall collection ranged from the romantic — as in boots and kitten heels done in pink velvet and brocade — to the sexy, as in platform sandals with chunky, contrast velvet knots at the front.There were edgier designs, too, including cream iguana-skin boots and disco sparkle heels in black — like a night sky — or silver, like stardust. There were some charmingly off-kilter designs, too, such as colored patchwork rabbit fur slippers that would brighten the dreariest of Milan days, and a low-heel, lace-up court shoe with a Twenties flapper flair.Gianvito RossiGianvito Rossi’s collection ranged from the lavish to the cozy, and also marked the launch of his first men’s line, which he designed to suit himself. “I wanted an elegant shoe with modern proportions — and I didn’t want it to be green — or have studs,” said the designer. He displayed velvet slippers, suede lace-ups and Chelsea boots — all with a wider vamp and rounded toe, a shape he feels is missing in the market. Rossi feels so strongly about them that he’s opening two stores this year, one on Via Gesù in Milan and the other in Paris, on Rue du Mont Thabor, across the street from his women’s store.The streamlined men’s offering was in stark contrast to his women’s creations, which ranged from brocade stilettos to knitwear and suede boots.Fratelli RossettiThe theatrical presentation at Milan’s luxury Palazzo Visconti set the tone for Fratelli Rossetti’s fall collection, hinging on jeweled details, precious hides and soft velvets in vivid red or deep blue. The silhouette was masculine, with an elongated shape, but elaborate crystal-encrusted buckles added a feminine touch to the classic court shoes. A midheel fringed silver sabot also helped convey the aristocratic feel.RodoRodo updated evening and casual classics with new 3-D-patterned Neoprene and velvet, squiggly elaphe snakeskin and fresh mixes of materials. Its Sixties evening bag Dabby debuted anew with buckled bows. Aztec-inspired jewel and metal patterns impressed. Colors included forest green, candy pink, anise blue, red root and cognac.ValextraFor its 80th anniversary, Valextra launched the Passepartout, a versatile bag that can be worn as a top-handle, a tote, or a duffel. It has a removable front pocket. Inserts and flaps in a variety of furs or wool give flair and personality. The brand's Iside bag was decked in thick fur covers for its handles and a Seventies style, transparent removable “raincoat."BorsalinoBorsalino’s self-proclaimed hymn to freedom was an ode to vintage in muted autumn shades, subtly scenographic details and an explosion of varied hatbands in precious materials. Laser-cut flowers bloomed on the broad brims of Seventies velvet felt hats. Bouclé wool and mohair debuted in Tzarina and Baker Boy caps. A Nick Fouquet capsule collection took cues from the Seventies gangster film “Borsalino,” like burnt cards or matchsticks tucked in the hatband, and carefully staged signs of wear, like a bullet hole, stitching or roughed up spots.Chiara FerragniGlitter, stars and pop-culture chic twinkled and winked across fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni’s whimsical, urban, candy-palleted collection. Her trademark half-closed eyes flirted in 3-D embroidery on glittering pointy toed flats and as a print pattern on white sneakers. Emoticon pearls studded silver and black glitter slip-on sneakers, while platform lace-up sneakers came with or without candy-striped soles. Hoodies, bombers and jogging pants accented the accessory line.René CaovillaThe closed pointy toe returned this season both in the brand’s signature bejeweled decorative approach and urban vein. Even the signature snake sandal reappeared with its original 1975 closed toe. Urban options included sneakers decked in Swarovski and patchwork rabbit fur, cuissards, mink-trimmed flat sandals and monochrome velvet ankle boots. Elaborate pearl and crystal decor bejeweled lattice- and floral-cut leather stilettos.Les Petits JoueursTravel to Southeast Asia in Les Petits Joueurs’ collection with cultural influences from Bali, Singapore and Hong Kong. Red-beaded fringe hung like the sun from a black handle purse with beaded golden rays embroidered up the face; a white fur moon fluffed from another. Velvet and shearling wool complemented other luxurious materials worked into artisanal pieces of Florentine craft. Charms were overlaid with fine fur, geometric design printed onto leather, poms and intricate studding.BallinBallin’s collection tapped rock, waves and romance. Jewel-like studs adorned models inspired by men's wear. Laces softened suede stiletto ankle boots and high pumps in dark toned neutrals and leopard print, while romantic silk ribbons climbed from patent leather chunky heels. Waves undulated across jewel-toned velvet platform wedges, chunky heels and sedate brown shoulder-strapped bags.GiannicoGiannico took inspiration from the colors, lights and elements of 17th-century Flemish paintings. Sinuous buckle-shaped, brass-colored ornaments adorned with a single pearl gleamed on the toes of a range of models: dark jewel-toned velvet flats with pointed toes, mules with chunky heels and boots. A separate area of the collection paid homage to the late Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia, with fine-strapped stiletto sandals in colored snakeskins and strappy pointed pumps.Car ShoeAt Car Shoe, vivid, fluffy sheepskin in high-contrast color combinations — like purple and red set against rust suede — made for endearingly furry rubber-soled moccasins, indoor slippers, sneakers and mary janes. Costume jewelry bees, spiders and baubles adorned jewel-toned velvet slippers and penny loafers.Moncler LunettesMoncler Lunettes launched its first collection of eyewear referencing retro glasses from the brand’s roots on the ski slopes of the Fifties, but also other eras, like ski goggles from the Seventies, Jackie O-like round shapes from the Sixties, cat eye women’s frames inspired by Thirties mountaineers, and double-bridge metal frames, also from mountaineers of a bygone era. Other frames featured soft down jacket and quilted effects. Frames were in step with trends like mixed materials, masks, superimposed effects and classic colors like tortoise shell, black and metal. Eyewear mascots “Mr. and Mrs. Moncler” were on display to facilitate viral spread through social media.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.