x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Italian spring awakening with Armani and Rossi

Snippets from the biggest shows: Armani, Sergio Rossi, Jimmy Choo, Bally, Zagliani, Bulgari, Guiseppe Zanotti and Tods.

Handout: Sergio Rossi shoe (Courtesy Sergio Rossi)
Handout: Sergio Rossi shoe (Courtesy Sergio Rossi)

Armani

As part of the catwalk show the jade, midnight and crystal jewelled bags, the subtle kaleidoscopic beading, the silvery brogues and the starry high heels with the straps made from tiny filaments of plastic - all suddenly come to life.

Sergio Rossi

The dizzy patterns and bright colours of the 1980s Memphis Milano design movement inspire designer Francesco Russo, who presents light and sexy styles in metallic orange and green with fringes, tassels, metal meshes and graphic patterns.

Jimmy Choo

Lots of fringing, tassels and python -it's free-spirited and super sexy, with long fringed evening shoulder purses and dreamy flower-power print python bags and shoes, including the new Lola, a low platform sandal with an ankle strap - a key trend this season.

Bally

It looks like a bag, but is it? Bally's new Papillon bag is so openly woven with ribbons of python that you would expect the contents to fall out. However, a drop-in satin pouch keeps belongings secure.

Zagliani

Zagliani's extraordinarily soft python, karung snake and crocodile bags go through a secret process that transforms the skins into malleable fabric. There is a lot of colour this season, as in the shapely Vittoria bag which comes in python spray painted in bright colours.

Bulgari

The actress Isabella Rossellini's new collection comes in exotic skins with semi-precious stones on the twist locks. The star is the coral embroidered fan motif bag with purple jade twist lock.

Guiseppe Zanotti

Zanotti has just opened a shop in Abu Dhabi, and this season's super-sexy high heels have funky African influences, using vibrant colours with lots of fringes, tribal-style gold metal wings and snake embellishment.

Tods

Soft Mediterranean greens and blues in a degradé effect are the new colours for the house's iconic D bag, loafers and zipped evening purses in reptilian leathers.