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Just as sportswear took center stage on the runways, accessories brands also focused on casual, easy looks. Rubber soles and deconstructed loafers flanked urban boots that had an outdoorsy vibe. Shoes were superembellished with embroideries and contrasting details. Basic color palettes were revisited with bold flashes of summery colors or designers went all out with vivid red, bright yellows and electric blue.
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Tod’s: Craftsmanship is at the forefront for spring. The Italian luxury firm offered a comprehensive range of small leather goods, roomy shoppers and weekend bags in the softest hides, with the spotlight on a new PC-holder that also came in crocodile. The group’s core business, shoes, came in a more elongated shape and a new rich color palette, Mediterranean block colors, including blue, green, yellow and bright red for Tod’s Riviera, a lace-up shoe in soft suede leather or the Marlin boat shoe.
Bally: The Swiss brand focused on an outdoors, sporty look for summer. Creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz designed three-tone hiking boots featuring a natural rubber sole and a detachable moisture-wicking sock, along with suede and canvas backpacks, totes and weekend bags.
Church’s: For spring, the footwear brand revisited its traditional Consul oxford style, giving it a new spin through a rubber sole and a polished finish on red, electric blue and green calf.
Jimmy Choo: Jimmy Choo’s creative directors, Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway, put a glamorous, rock ’n’ roll spin on classic shapes — especially for evening. There were black slip-ons with chunky fabric tassels, others with military webbing details and slippers covered in varying shades of glitter that were slightly worn-looking around the toe as if the Choo man had spent too many nights on the razzle.
Hogan: The Italian brand continued to aim for timeless pieces with a contemporary edge, showing urban pumps with bicolor soles, an all-white sneaker or oxfords with white rubber soles. A standout was a sneaker with crocodile inserts on the vamp. All were feather-light and easy, yet fit for daily wear.
Sergio Rossi: Creative director Francesco Russo added an edge to traditional looks, seen on classic brogues and gladiator sandals with metal eyelets, or laced shoes made with woven leather.
Car Shoe: Classic suede driving loafers were revamped with canvas inserts and maxi tassels.
Arfango: Alberto Moretti decorated his signature velvet and canvas slippers with floral embroideries and emerald patent-leather details in a summery color palette of red, hot pink and emerald.