From seductive heels and hyper feminine sneakers to sparkling bags and playful custom jewelry, here is a compilation of the best accessories brands which unveiled their fall 2019 collections at Milan Fashion Week.
Glossy materials, feather embellishments and gem-colored hues characterize AGL’s feminine fall collection, which extends across a wide range of styles from loafers and sneakers to booties and boots with comfortable heels and wedges.
Tennis was the main theme of Aliita’s collection. Creative director Cynthia Vilchez Castiglioni refreshed the antique art of cameo-making by creating ceramic rings, earrings and pendants, rendered in a color palette of sorbet pink and mint hues, which were embellished with the profile of a chic tennis player.
For its Milan Fashion Week debut, Aquazzura offered up a plethora of bohemian-inspired tall boots and booties inspired by Los Angeles’ laid-back style. Creative director Edgardo Osorio also explored the other side of Hollywood dressing — the red carpet — with elegant strappy sandals and pumps.
A wall of mini-bags with Bulgari’s Serpenti cabochon closure was a tempting delight. The Rome-based jewelry firm has been consistently growing its accessories division and the selection on display at the Bulgari Hotel was a treat– whether in python, karung or galuchat, quilted or with a woven chain en relief. It was pure luxury, but the size was endearing and appealing to a younger customer as well.
Most of the designer’s fall 2019 collection was inspired by Helene de Rothschild’s 1972 Surrealist Ball, with statement styles like black and gold mirror sandals with a transparent rubber platform. There were also some stunning limited-edition jewelry shoes. They featured brown diamond briolettes, African rubies and round brilliant diamonds. All were on chains that wrapped around the ankle and can be converted to necklaces.
Giuseppe Zanotti understands the power of the streetwear revolution — and its huge impact on consumer shopping patterns.That’s why the veteran shoemaker is thinking a little differently these days. “I tried to put a lot of details from streetwear and the sneaker universe on a high heel — some neon color, some new materials. I want to make wedges and stilettos more technological, to do some elegant shoes that are less boring,” he said. For fall ’19, the designer offered up a new sneaker named Blabber.
Creative director Sandra Choi was inspired by women who “are on a mission and going places” — from Queen Elizabeth II to Lady Gaga. When the designer thinks of strong silhouettes, boots come to mind, and the style was key for the brand this season in a variety of heel heights. In addition to its elegant classics, sneakers also continue to be a winner for the brand, and Choo unveiled updates to its statement Diamond style. Plus Choo introduced its first monogram — an interlocking J and C — as part of its handbag push.
Chanelling a magic inspiration, the designer embellished a range of bag styles, including the Tatiana and 225 cross-body styles, as well as the new Amelie and Amelie Small top handle designs, with images of eyes, unicorns, elephants, daggers and little monsters enriched with a cascade of Swarovski styles.
Sergio Rossi teamed up with artist Gary Card, who transformed the brand’s showroom into a modern and refined shoe factory – complete with 6,000 shoeboxes, real lasts and a soundtrack straight from the factory floor. The creative backdrop was used to launch the new “Sergio” collection, which features modern, graphic styles and a geometric archival logo.
For his first collection for Stuart Weitzman, Edmundo Castillo’s first priority was keep the focus on the “functionality, comfort and practicality” the brand is known for — and that Stuart Weitzman’s loyal consumers have always gravitated toward. New fabric motifs and opulent embellishments freshen up core styles throughout
The brand’s founder Giuseppe Borsalino served as inspiration for the label’s fall collection. In particular, the Borsalino creative team looked at the time when he was born, the end of the 19th century, when the Art Noveau flourished. The artistic movement influenced the sinuous motifs peppering fedoras and baseball caps, while the iconic design of that period, the bowler hat, was proposed in a wide range of color combinations.
The Blade heel on Casadei’s new made-to-order engagement sandal is covered in actual diamond dust with each pair adding up to a total of 36 carats. At 1,500 euros it’s a steal in comparison to the more traditional token but prospective grooms take note. This is not a substitute for a ring, rather an add-on.
Church’s has reworked its classic brogues by giving them a slightly more tapered upper. The new styles, inspired by country living, include both ankle boots and laced varieties and are made from black or burgundy polish calf leather. There is a wingtip design on the upper, and each model has a light sole.
Coccinelle set up four rooms at its new Milan headquarters, mirroring four different women and lifestyles: Maria Schneider in “Last Tango;” Frenchy and Rizzo in “Grease;” Brigitte Bardot in Saint Tropez and Samantha in Sixties “Bewitched” TV series. This translated among others into a doctor bag with a crocodile skin effect, a shoulder bag in a tapestry patch or a furry knapsack in pastel or gold with embroideries.
From mannish sartorial motifs to abstract geometric patterns, the scarf collection of Dianora Salviati revealed a wide range of decors, all made by hand in Italy. The designer’s sophisticated color sensibility was reflected in the charming degrade tones, including graphic black and cream white combinations and tonal blues.
After it spent 2018 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Brera loafer, Fratelli Rossetti is now shifting its focus to one of its other key styles, the Magenta. First born in 1975 as a men’s and women’s ankle boot, the shoe is named after a Milanese district and is defined by its signature stirrup. Now refreshed updates of the stirrup accent, including bejeweled and metallic versions, appear on pumps and mules.
The brand ups the fashion ante this season with bright colors like fuchsia pink and plum purple paired with metallic detailing in key boot styles. A patchwork of autumnal hues is incorporated on ankle boots, pumps and ballet flats in soft suede leather. Combat boots get an update with a new rubber sole.
Inspired by the polar north, Hogan is going on an active journey for fall/winter with boots that are both practical and stylish. Faux fur is combined with technical trims, soft rope laces and intricate textures inspired by ice climbing. A new women’s active sneaker is clean and sleek with a chunky sole. Bags are maxi — and structured parkas and down jackets complete the look.
The brand’s signature logo showing a bison took center stage in the Il Bisonte collection of functional and practical bags. The Tuscan label used it to pepper a range of styles, including a tote worked in metallic leather, as well as a cute rounded cross-body design.
Creative director Allison Hoeltzel and sustainable fashion champion Arizona Muse collaborated on an eco-friendly capsule collection of bags, including some of the brand’s most iconic styles crafted from eco-conscious materials. The Mini Safari and Picnic Safari, featuring a special construction where a wooden form is wrapped with sustainable leather and fabric; the Bici Bag, inspired by bicycle tool kits, as well as the Toscano Clutch are crafted from organic velvet, synthetic leather realized using 100 percent traceable recycled polyester, as well as vegetal-tanned Tuscan leather.
A doublet created by combining lapis lazuli and white agate featured in a rounded flower shape on earrings, necklaces and rings, but also as a clasp on a blue handbag, part of Pasquale Bruni’s just-launched accessories line. “This collection was inspired by how the moon represents the different expressions of femininity, so we chose to work with stones that are a bit mysterious,” explained creative director Eugenia Bruni.
Pedro Garcia, who hosted his presentation in a chic Milan gallery, showed a range of designs including a new satin comfort sandal that was decked out with colored Swarovski crystals. “With this style, we wanted to create a timeless modernity by using the brand’s artisanal and experimental techniques, playing on color, material and proportion and incorporating luxury elements,” the designer said. The brand also introduced a disco-ball mirrored heel on boots and flats shoes.
You needed to have it explained to see mountaineer references in Genevieve Xhaet’s charming collection of headgears for her Flapper label. “We had fun with mountain’s folk,” said the milliner, who employed traditional men’s fabrics sourced from Biella-based textile firms. The label’s signature turbans were there done in necktie silk fabrics with Lurex threads and Loro Piana cashmere. On a range of lapin-felt hats – a cloche and the classic fedora hat – the band was replaced with a colorful rope. The result was subtle and charming.
Heels inset with diamonds and pearls, Swarovski encrusted slouch booties, pearl-fastened combats and new Caovilla logo sneakers complete with frosted toe caps were just some of the label’s fall ’19 delights.
The Italian heritage brand, which is launching at Bergdorf Goodman in April, unveiled sleek boots with striped detailing, an ornamental gold heel and pretty flats that incorporated the brand’s signature woven detailing or sparkling embellishments. Bags were multifunctional to carry women from day to night.
Salar Bicheranloo worked around geometrical shapes in rust colored tones for the brand’s line of bags, which are all made in Milan. A new model this season sees its large circular leather handle either used as a rigid shoulder strap or tucked under the piece to leave room for a longer clip-on strap to wear the bag crossbody. The brand introduced faux fur to its models: faux shearling looked particularly fetching on square leather totes.
Santoni’s fall presentation was staged as an art exhibition with shoes displayed alongside both traditional illustrations and interactive installations — all by female creatives. What better way to show off an exquisite new line in gaucho boots than pairing each with an old school telephone in Santoni orange? Guests dialing a random digit were instantly connected with a sultry voice telling a tale of Argentina.
Storied Milanese luxury goods brand Serapian unveiled its fall collection inside La Scala theater, which made the perfect backdrop for the presentation of a new range of evening styles. A cubic-shaped black and white purse crafted from soft lamb leather employing the label’s signature hand-plating technique was both luxurious and playful. Upscale versions of the handbag were made with exotic skins such as alligator, lizard and elaphe, which also embellished the everyday Secret carryover style, adding a dash of luxe.
Italian luxury leather goods house Valextra is relaunching the Series S bag for fall 2019, marking the model’s 50th anniversary. Initially a travel bag for gentlemen on the go – the 1969 Series S had two pouches, one for documents and business items and the other roomy enough to store a change of clothes – the new Series S, designed for women, only has one zip pouch, but is still functional thanks to its front pocket. A thick adjustable strap can be added to the bag, as well as made-to-order oversized leather letters that can be clipped on like bag charms.
There was a wave of novelty at Zanellato, as bold graffiti added a modern twist to the brand’s handbags and small leather goods. “Graffitis are a cultural phenomenon,” said creative director and chief executive officer Franco Zanellato as he considered the success of British artist and writer Bansky as an example. Zanellato also introduced the Winter Blandine capsule, revisiting the brand’s iconic Postina, Nina and Duo models in soft shearling.