Italian accessories brands are going back to their roots by placing the focus on the country’s long-standing artisanal craftsmanship while raising the experimentation bar.
Tod’s mined the past with moccasins labeled with the original JP Tod’s logo and pebble-sole boots in brushed leather or suede as part of the Tod’s Icons collection. Two-tone brogues with contrasting stitching had matte-shiny finishes. The season’s standout bag came in a technical fabric featuring a double strip of calf leather that can be personalized with a choice of colors and initials.
At Hogan, the new high-top croc sneakers in combinations of black and gray or beige and brown were a luxe take on sportif chic.
New creative director Francesco Russo gave formal looks a contemporary spin for his first Sergio Rossi men’s collections. Roomy brushed-suede satchels and totes with zips conveyed a casual look while tonal, bicolor laced shoes had a retro and broken-in flair. Sergio Rossi also joined forces with Puma for a revisitation of its iconic sports Clyde shoe from the Seventies in suede and patent.
Prada-owned British footwear brand Church’s seriously rounded out its offerings with weekend bags made from boiled wool in contrasting yellows and browns, reds and blues; knitted, woven, silk and cashmere ties and scarves; belts; gloves and even umbrellas with crook handles in chestnut and silver collars.
Valextra also expanded with Nabuk travel jackets lined in the brand’s signature green. The company, which added chestnut brown to its palette, was spot on with the hardware, zip trend in Milan with lip-edged and side-zipped constructed cases.
Fratelli Rossetti emphasized handmade craftsmanship with “under-leather” stitching visible on the toe. While concealed, the thick stitches are reminiscent of a tattoo pattern reproducing the brand’s staple flower motifs.
In addition to a sequined shoe dedicated to football player David Beckham, Cesare Paciotti showed Texas boots and oxford shoes hand-dipped in paint for a dégradé effect.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)