MILAN — Italian accessories brands are rejuvenating iconic styles, such as the Oxford or the driving shoe, with traffic-stopping fluorescent colors and details, or white rubber soles.
This story first appeared in the June 21, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Here a rundown of what was in showrooms:
Cesare Paciotti: This daring collection includes feather-light sailing shoes in fluorescent patent leather and studs, along with lace-up styles embellished with artisanal, ethnic embroideries.
Arfango: Owner and creative director Alberto Moretti went for an easy, French Riviera mood, launching the Sea Carpet espadrilles with rubber soles and velvet, suede or canvas camouflage cotton uppers with contrasting fluorescent piping.
Sergio Rossi: Creative director Francesco Russo traveled west to the Hamptons, yielding a fringed ankle-boot driving shoe in suede. He also experimented with white or fluorescent rubber soles.
Car Shoe: The Prada Group-owned brand showed a country-inspired ankle boot in suede, with leather laces and a lateral buckle and revisited its iconic driving moccasin in denim with linen and leather inserts.
Jimmy Choo: The British brand’s men’s range now spans small leather goods such as belts, wallets, and iPad holders in eye-popping shades of mock croc. New additions to footwear include a host of driving shoes, ponyskin slip-ons, and penny loafers in a vibrant shade of Marlboro red.
Bally: Creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz breathed new life into some Bally classics such as the Scribe Legere, a lace-up shoe with an ultralightweight Goodyear sole. The design duo also introduced the Helvetic collection, a line of ultrasoft but sturdy leather carryalls.
Fratelli Rossetti: The iconic Brera moccasin and the Oxford shoe now come enriched with a handmade weave on each side of the upper in sophisticated brick red, blue and olive green.
Valextra: Designer Renato Montagner created a collection of high-tech trolleys and travel cases developed around a steel frame and a resistant, treated nylon jacquard made with Kevlar and polyester. They roll on superlight wheels developed by tire giant Pirelli for easy handling.