Words, Images Judith Ecochard
Editor's Preview-Men's and Women's
|Rebecca Moses, Diego Rossetti|
A bright, sun filled room at the posh Andaz Hotel was a serene locale for the Editor's Preview of luxe Italian footwear/accessories brand Fratelli Rossetti's Fall 2011 collections.
|Woven upper-with cap toe is an editorial favorite...|
Expounding on---"There was a young lady who lived in a shoe..." ---Moses selected a particular elegant woman's shoe that embodies the playful energy of the city depicted.
We started our visit with the men's collections--- where we just swooned over the antiqued palette of the leathers---especially a deep peacock blue, a burnished green, and a dark eggplant purple.
|Chuka Style with wingtip details...|
|Unique to Fratelli Rosetti...lug soles on leather...a luxurious version of heavy working rubber soles|
|An update from 1960's|
|Hand stitched, hand finished...a slight taper for toes European elegance for a global market|
|Brera Loafer in suede (R)|
|Woven Monk Strap with cap toe...LOVE|
Here---is an inverted stitching detail----whereby the the "stitching is in the split of the leather..."
then stitched together again for a subtle bumped detail.
"WHAT MAKES A QUALITY SHOE IS WHAT'S INSIDE THE SHOE," Rossetti firmly believes. Even the outsole (pictured above)...is opened, stitched, then covered....and stitched together. Hopefully a YouTube is forthcoming.
|Criss-cross rubber sole and leather---hand details|
This high heel pointy toe pump...is the most versatile shoe of this season, we think--- it can really go with all the Fall 2011 trends---trousers, skirts of various hemlines, chic dresses...we love the subtle elegant curve of the heel that renders this ped- very easy to walk around in.
There was plenty else to like too...we notice a real focus of the sumptuous leathers and suedes---very few ornate or metal trims, if any---a few ties, a few tassels.
The quality of the materials, the classic shapes with modern tweaks...crafting the footwear for an upscale market of new consumers---- willing to spend more if they feel the luxury value-price/ration--- is there...and a noticeable shift away from the easily disposable ready trends of mass marketers.
Maybe even discovering Fratelli Rossetti for the first time---though every Italian we know...already knows.
|Rebecca Moses in front of MILANO|
|New York (l)---our fav!|
|A female desert boot|
|Expect to see this in plenty of editorials|
|Menswear inspired loafer---another editorial fav|
|This Victorian style lace-up "ALASKA"...a collaboration with George Esquivel|
|Classic flats in soft suede, stone caps|
|A terrific city bootie---|
|Satin lined desert boot-an expected luxury.|
|Another glimpse of the ALASKA----with George Esquivel's "signature heel"|
|New York, New York|
|A 70's inspired strap pump...|
|Metal Harness detail|
|Shoes for women's suits with the menswear details|
|The removable upper ---very popular.|
|This equestrian style boot---got the nod from Anna Wintour---when we were there|
|Quality leather satchels don't need much else...simple elegance|
|Laceless oxfords...another editorial favorite with hand punched trim|
|Reflections of ...|