FLASH AND DASH
MILAN — When it comes to the extras, the Milanese certainly know how to flaunt them. The runways here were replete with accessories, from bold new handbags to all sorts of rustic fur items. And a great lineup of flat boots will provide the fashion-obsessed the antidote for stiletto syndrome.
Handbags: They were all about extremes, starting with extra-long shoulder straps. Prada’s rustic saddle shape swung at the hips or even lower, while Bottega Veneta turned the look flashy in Eighties-inspired, yellow-and-black fur messenger bags. Speaking of flash, the glam Versace girl will find Donatella Versace’s ruched tote bags in a green corduroy or purple croc just the ticket. Ferragamo also magnified things with larger-than-life black croc clutches.
Shoes: The flat made a comeback, especially in boots. The horse play that originated in New York galloped across the Atlantic, turning up in classic riding looks at Victor Alfaro and Pucci, and more daring, over-the-knee versions at Bally. Since the Mod girl’s back in style, so are her square-toe patent boots. At Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld showed zillions, while Gucci’s Tom Ford stretched the theme to over-the-knee proportions. And as the rocker chick keeps on rockin,’ the biker boot stormed the runway at Emporio Armani, while Anna Molinari went punk with pointy black leather boots toughened up with silver buckles.
Jewelry: It made a glittering impression. At Gucci, Ford naughtied up his babydolls with shoulder-length, bead-and-feather earrings. Dolce & Gabbana’s multi-strand pearls and Victorian pendants dressed up the collection’s sexy pioneer girl. And Gianfranco Ferre delivered Tough Chic glam with his multi-strand, rhinestone-and -silver chain necklace.
Fur: These days, designers can’t resist it. But forget last season’s jet-set swank. Now the look is ruggedly cool, with lots of distressed furs and shearlings. Davy Crockett is the man of the moment, and Prada and Blumarine showed versions of his famous coonskin cap (so did Daryl K, back in New York) while Dolce & Gabbana and Anna Molinari borrowed furry tails from his tale, to fluff up bags and hair.