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Men's Accessories Roundup: Milan

Hogan Mens Fall 2014
Photo By Andrea Delbò
Jimmy Choo Mens Fall 2014
Photo By Andrea Delbò
Valextra: New design director Álvaro González softened shapes at Valextra, maintaining the brand’s staple sleek-and-minimal design. A new zippered shopper works as a 24-hour briefcase, presented in a petrol blue color. Standouts included the My logo calfskin soft travel bags with detachable straps, zippered pockets and practical laptop compartments, and the luxurious Sherlock Holmes, a briefcase with a special hidden combination closure. The collection is completed by retro-inspired calfskin glass cases and a range of wallets and credit card holders.

Jimmy Choo: London was calling Sandra Choi, creative director of Jimmy Choo, whose collection was inspired by the city’s stylish rockers and the brand’s dandyish DNA. Her luxe, tactile collection included trainers made from a polka-dot velvet in purple or amber, star-embossed green leather, William Morris-inspired rose prints or floral-flocked leather. Skater shoes were lined with shearling. For day, she tapped into the season’s Seventies vibe, making ultrasoft Chelsea ankle boots with zips at the sides, and Dr. Martens-inspired lace-ups with a glittery ruby sheen like the spray paint on a vintage Cadillac. For evening, there were tuxedo pumps with oversize bows, and slip-ons with a mismatched zebra print or velvet polka dots.

Hogan: Simon Holloway, the former Jimmy Choo designer who has been newly tapped for two seasons to create capsule collections for Hogan, reworked the biker boot with a tailored last and a polished luxurious calfskin made edgier with hardware he defined “important.” Since he believes that “in reality, people want to be more casual and comfortable,” Holloway added zips on the backs of the boots. Hogan’s staple sneakers were shown in cotton velvet with a leather trim and an elastic panel with a biker sole in a warm burgundy.

Cesare Paciotti: The brand showed a number of biker boots with hardware details and zebra-pattern inserts. A new motif inspired by the perceived look of the skin of the Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur added an edgy touch to slippers, which also were shown in pink or blue. Gold plaques embellished ankle-high sneakers.

Car Shoe:
 Outdoors was the inspiration at Car Shoe, where the brand presented hiking boot-inspired styles worked in goatskin and suede and showed its wear-resistant St. Moritz tread sole. In addition, the label offered sporty sneakers embellished with thick laces and revamped its signature driving shoes shown with a transparent sole in the same color as the upper.

Church’s: For fall, Church’s relaunched its signature stout derby Shannon, presented in a new calfskin option with double-monk buckle fastening. The label also enriched its Crown range of slippers, which were presented in a number of traditional British fabrics, including tweed and Prince of Wales checks.

Fratelli Rossetti: James Bond’s elegance served as the main inspiration for Fratelli Rossetti’s new collection. The label offered a sophisticated lineup where leather and velvet were combined on classic styles, including Derby, Oxford and double-buckled shoes, all featuring chic satin laces.

Alberto Moretti:
 A rock ’n’ roll inspiration met the brand’s iconic dandy look in Alberto Moretti’s fall collection. Velvet, leather and ponyskin slippers and loafers were embellished with metallic chain decorations, arabesque motifs, bows and tassels.

Giuseppe Zanotti: Tapered shapes took center stage at Giuseppe Zanotti, which showcased a range of patent leather and laminated leather loafers, lace-ups and ankle boots featuring an Eighties-inspired disco feel. The brand’s offering also included high-tops decorated with micro studs, gold metallic panels and zippers.

Santoni: The contemporary urban dandy will appreciate Santoni’s hand-stitched velvet slippers, which the brand is producing in collaboration with Rubelli fabrics. For the more rebellious type, Santoni reinterpreted the cowboy boot with a slightly inward-oriented heel and pointed toe. Meanwhile, the brand’s sneaker collection has been updated to include an even lighter type of trainer made from rubberized leather and glued together with a scuba fabric.

Sergio Rossi: Sergio Rossi designer director Angelo Ruggeri combined a rebel Gothic rock inspiration with a more sophisticated dandy motif. Classic brogues were embellished with silver studs and metallic details, while fringes and perforations decorated a chic three-tone, suede-and-leather monk strap.

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