By  on October 8, 2007

Once again, accessories presentations offered a sweet escape from the runway madness this season. Roger Vivier was a must-see since designer Bruno Frisoni, inspired by the Fifities and a photograph of Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren at the time of "The Birds," created an eclectic collection that was mesmerizing. Hand-painted feathered accessories accompanied Cubist jewelry and wood bead Taxi bags, along with architectural shapes and flowered confections in both bags and shoes. Frisoni's own collection was invigorated with new shoe styles — from sporty neons to buckled heels — plus framed patent day bags, and also featured a fish-patterned fabric found on a trip to Africa.

Another Parisian favorite, Pierre Hardy, showed a large collection of shoes raised on a new piano heel. The range included an intricate studded sandal inspired by Botticelli's "Primavera," as well as futuristic metallic, mesh and neoprene heels. Another noteworthy addition was a heeled version of Hardy's iconic sneakers.

Meanwhile, the atelier des chaussures Christian Louboutin featured an expanded handbag collection — framed styles and totes in a variety of colors and materials, along with great evening numbers. Snakeskin platform sandals, vampy heels and neon-trimmed shoes were other standouts. Swarovski, for its part, took its cue from the architecture of major American cities in the Fifties and Sixties. Structured jewelry and vibrant bags ruled, along with a new technique of quilting crystal mesh.

VBH was also bursting with bags this season. Long hobos and bubbly straphangers were the best of daytime, and hand-painted stingray styles were eye-catchers. Among the noteworthy pieces at Longchamp was a limited edition hand tie-dyed suede tote, of which only 100 will be sold internationally. The brand featured two nylon totes, too, which were embroidered with an illustrated scene inspired by the "chic travels of Kate Moss," who appears in the company's ad campaign. After two seasons of factory problems, Devi Kroell once again has shoes to accompany her handbags. Rich skins and interesting bows adorned the shoes, and Kroell explored woven straw along with folded frame hobos and roomy bucket shapes for her bags.

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