Tod’s: Tod’s is taking the podium by launching a new project with that name, where lace-clasps and rubber tread soles, usually seen in technical footwear, are used for urban shoes. To further underscore its Made in Italy production, two artisans were on hand to demonstrate how luxurious hides are dyed with a manual process. To complete the collection, Tod’s presented the Double Stripe bag — each a unique model, as colorful strips of leather are hand-stitched onto shopping and travel bags.
Bally: Bally is on a mountain high as it marks the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest with a collection that integrates performance details into everyday accessories. Creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz swiped bits of nonslip rubber sole from the underside of hiking boots and planted them on snazzy brogues in shades of brown or blue, and even replicated the boots that Bally made for Hillary’s sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, giving them a luxe spin, made from shaved reindeer fur and lined in cashmere. The lace-up boots are “as technical as a luxury brand can get. But these are more suited to Saint Moritz,” said Fidler.
Other pieces on offer included water-repellent suede jackets with cashmere linings — some inspired by the blouson style that Hillary wore for his ascent, hand-knit cashmere sweaters and leather mittens and hats covered or trimmed with shaggy marmot fur. The designers have also created a Bally Stripe capsule collection of unconstructed bags, with the brand’s signature stripe also made from leather.
Jimmy Choo: A happy hybrid of eye-popping color and classic shapes, the fall lineup ranged from loafers daubed with neon colors, inspired by Andy Warhol’s Shadow paintings, to duck boots lined in rabbit fur. The brand’s signature Sloane Slipper came in versions ranging from neon jacquard inspired by the signs outside an L.A. strip club, to black cavalry twill with a giant scorpion on each vamp made from bullion embroidery.
Valextra: Valextra chairman and chief executive officer Emanuele Carminati Molina wanted to convey a note of optimism, urging customers to “dream of desirable and precious objects.” Accordingly, the Italian luxury leather goods firm reinterpreted briefcases, totes and shopping bags in a new and soft suede leather in rich hues of ebony, caramel and loden. RELATED STORY: Overcoats Rule the Runways at Milan >>
Church’s and Car Shoe: Church’s, owned by the Prada group, is ready for winter with classic derby shoes and brogues in grain calf leather and heavy soles.
Sister brand Car Shoe introduced a new slipper with pegged soles in a range of colors and materials, including soft camouflage pony. The toe features a logo with two racing flags, which underscores Car Shoe’s connection with the world of automobiles.
Hogan: Casual business was the leitmotif at Hogan, as president Andrea Della Valle said this was “a nonconventional formal collection for a man at ease with himself,” where innovation and technology contribute to achieve feather-light lace-up shoes, pumps and sneakers in brushed and coated leathers in ink-blue, moss-green, charcoal and black.
Bruno Magli: Creative director Max Kibardin injected an eccentric touch into his Gregory Peck-inspired sophisticated collection, expanding it with a lineup of smalld leather goods. Classic bicolor polished leather loafers with a rubber sole were juxtaposed with more eccentric, but not over-the top, styles, such as soft calfskin Chelsea boots with a metallic, shiny effect, along with glossy crocodile derby shoes.
Fratelli Rossetti: While loyal to its classic and elegant tradition, the company raised the contemporary element with six hammered leather styles, including a new boot with double buckles and laces.
Antonio Marras + Piquadro: Antonio Marras chose the 18th-century Palazzo Clerici to present the capsule collection he designed for Italian luggage and accessories company Piquadro. The Sardinian designer used his arty touch to inject a new spin into high-tech, functional pieces, including a checkered carry-on, which can be used as a backpack, and a soft leather weekend bag with a camouflage pattern.
Santoni: Classic yet not conservative, Santoni’s designs for fall blended inspirations from theTwenties with more contemporary and urban rounded shapes and a dandy elegance. Santoni added a twist to its signature double buckle pump with a colorful palette that includes blue, green, burgundy and various shades of brown.For evening, the style wentprecious, with luxury materials such as crocodile, or velvet and patent in total black.
For fall, the Italian luxury footwear firm introduced Santoni Escape, a new sneaker concept consisting of a hand-stitched Chelsea boot with a sporty and technical sole in feather- light and flexible rubber.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews