Another malaise that develops when I arrive in Milan along with shopping up a storm and exclaiming "Ciao" and "Arriverderci!" really loudly on the phone with a Dolmio Italian accent, is that I also become a bit of a bag n' shoe hag.  I'm already a on a upper scale of being a shoe obsessive but I'm not yet on that vocal level where at a department store shoe floor, you hear people saying things like "I die for those Louboutins!" or "I'm literally dying over those stilettos."  Well, you know how I feel about dying over fashion and after reading this article about the mis-use of the word "literally", I'm trying to curb that nasty habit too.  As for bags, I've always been less convinced about getting lots

In Milan, whilst I stop short of dying over shoes and bags, I am confronted with a helluva lot of them.  Milan isn't necessarily about doing back to back, hour-to-hour shows but about filling the time in between doing appointments with the many Italian leather accessories and shoe brands that pepper the scene.  Therefore, here's a little round up of the bags and shoes that made me utter brain dead statements of zero consequence:  "Fabulous!"  "How gorge is that?"  "O.M.G!  That is ceeeeuuuuuute!"

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This isn't the new A/W 12-3 collection for Pollini but the shoe and accessories label helmed by Nicholas Kirkwood opened on Via della Spiga during Milan Fashion Week, in line with the reinvigoration of the brand.  Out with lady-lady heels with zero identity and in with a balance between Kirkwood's aesthetic, a touch of quirk and the classicism of Pollini.  ASOS have a selection of the new S/S 12 styles including these role sole flatform lace-ups.  The store also have all the colourful Louise Gray S/S 12 sandal styles that will add a plastic pop to the feet. With juicy colour in mind, Pollini have collaborated with Cutler & Gross on a few pairs of sunnies.  

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I've done a few bits and bobs with Furla's very successful Candy bag, which has dragged the Italian brand out of annonymity for the younger consumer and lured them into the stores with promises of great smelling plastic bags in tempting shades.  For the new A/W 12-3, they've focused on a new bag shape called the "Furla and I" – a cavernous tote that is completely reversible and takes the inside pocket of a bag and smacks it on the outside.  I had a fun time taking the bag and squishing it up and flipping it back into shape.   The bags were revealed/concealed in an installation by the Bologna-based performance artist Sissi, who has collaborated with Furla before. 

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The Candy bag hasn't completely disappeared though as they continue to work them in a multitude of opal fruits colours. 

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I actually quite liked the proposition of these more structured bags that come in these bowling or doctor bag shapes. 

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I was fascinated by Sissi's outfit, which she made herself.  I know people tout that old chestnut about dressing for themselves and treating their body as though it were a canvas, but for Sissi, that really is the case.  As opposed to transforming herself Cindy Sherman-style with the aid of make-up and costume, she creates abstract and unconventional garments that reflect her artistic statements.  Her closet would definitely be an interesting one to delve into. 

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It's pretty much a given that I was absolutely floored by Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love and so I had to stop by Sergio Rossi's A/W 12-3 presentation, which premiered a short film by Guadagnino, featuring the model Diane Dondoe in sexed-up Sergio Rossi attire.  It's a short and seductive trip through Rossi's surprisingly aggressive use of animal skins, which are rampant this season that makes a sexless limp like myself wonder what it feels like to be covered in skins and stalk about topless in sharp-as-a-tack heels. 

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Elsewhere in the collection, it's an abundance of croc, alligator and snakeskin that are veer towards a barbaric use of animal skins.  It's a continuation of designer Francesco Russo's "Skin to Skin" pre-occupation where bodices and breastplates link up with armour-like footwear.

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I've not gone into thigh-high boot territory yet but these Sergio Rossi forest green ones are somewhat tempting.  I'd try them on in a store for funsies just to double check whether I am indeed a thigh-high-boot kinda gal.  I'm guessing the answer will be negative but it's worth a try anyhow. 

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A surprise hit of the week for me came from SW1, the new high end line of shoes and accessories by Stuart Weitzman.  You say Stuart Weitzman and I think of uninteresting shoes for the everywoman that are reasonably priced.  SW1 however comes under the creative direction of Alvaro Gonzalez and concentrate on high end materials paired with statement making design.  In particular, the art deco inspired collection features resin heels replicating traditional Italian stone inlay techniques.  These more decorative styles are contrasted with simpler 1920s style suede courts.  The bags are also quite lovely with combination lock detailing, 3-D shell front made to look like a turtle and chain straps made up of leather links.  

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Comments (26)

  1. Joy D. says:

    I have been out of the loop for what seems like a fashion century. I am so glad you are still pulling ahead of the pack, creating an individual voice, and giving your readers great content! Robert Clergie and Sergio Rossi for the win!

  2. I have a little relax session, because your post is ver dangerous for me….i need buy alllllllllllllllll jajaja =)
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  3. Thank you for letting us know, very useful x

  4. Anon says:

    I really like the way that Furla displayed their bags on the ‘catwalk’- very creative, and a bit more interesting than just placing the various models on a stand.
    Thanks!
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  5. style-attack says:

    I love the Furla smelling bags!!!!

  6. Purple way says:

    The boots are amazing! And I love all things colourful x
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  7. Tara India says:

    This makes me really want some flatforms now! xox
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  8. Jane Alisa says:

    I love the candy bags & the mint loafers xoxo

  9. Cassie Smyth says:

    These are the most beautiful shoes I have ever seen, So unique! I need the suedey mint green boat shoes they’re so beautiful! Love your blog! x

  10. maya.autumn says:

    oh gosh, yeesss! I know exactly what you mean about the “OMG, they are ceeeute” or “How gorge is that”!!!
    Because those shoes absolutely are to die for!x
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  11. Zhenya says:

    i follow you!!!GREAT!
    -fashion illustrator-

  12. Suzi says:

    Great source of inspiration!!
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  13. I just love Furla!! You always keep on surprising me!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
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  14. gorgeous! everything looks fabulous! I love it!

  15. LaBella Luxe says:

    love the handbags!

  16. aisha fisher says:

    all so gorgeous!!!! love it x

  17. This is all what my girlfriend wants.

  18. aga says:

    so nice !!
    agaforfashion.blogspot.com

  19. what! pair if shoes and purses thsy have got seriously it is beautiful…..

  20. Leslie says:

    I really like Sissi’s jacket. I’m a fan of clothing projects like that!

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