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.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye