By  on February 22, 2008

The runways weren't the only place to get a little eye candy this season, because fall accessories lines had a lot to offer, too. Edmundo Castillo's collections at Sergio Rossi have always had a dramatic flair. This time he sought to balance these theatrics with wearability, and did it successfully. Pumps with luxe fur trims or beading and feminine thigh-high lace boots accompanied a growing collection of both day and evening bags and, for the first time, gloves. In contrast, Valextra stayed true to its chic austerity with tapered totes in oyster gray and a pink-dusted white, along with miniaturized satchels, dubbed Little Boston, in an array of skins. Rich bottle-green crocodile and kelly green leather gave pops of color. At Furla, with the first Talent Hub collection just hitting stores now, Courtney Crawford joined sophomore Hub members Nicole Brundage, Max Kibardan and Alice and Lisa Ferrari of Maricò this season, creating a lineup of fringed lace-ups, short boots and tweedy bags. The main collection had alluring pieces, too: jewel-toned handbags and clutches, along with a practical collapsible suitcase. Celebrity favorite Giuseppe Zanotti showed a bevy of his decorated heels, and, with a new collaboration with Zufi Alexander, his handbag collection has grown considerably. Meanwhile, Brian Atwood's responsibilities as creative director at Bally haven't taken away from his namesake accessories collection; cutout lace-ups, slouchy suede boots and envelope clutches were highlights. The Museo di Storia Contemporanea was a fitting setting to show René Caovilla's bowed beauties, lace styles and patent leather clutches, and this season the collection boasts three exact replicas of shoes designed for Valentino in 1985. Cesare Paciotti took colorblocking and patchwork to the extreme for a dramatic effect, but more retail-friendly choices were the colorful laser-cut numbers and ballet flats accented with large faceted stones.

photos by giovanni giannoni and mauricio miranda

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