Spring in its step
The ethos of Italian fashion has always been of quality textiles, form-fitting cuts, and of course, well-tailored suits for men. For centuries now, Milan has been a strong contender as Fashion Capital, walking alongside Paris and London on European runways. While London is known for its fresh young design talent and avant-garde wear, and Paris, for its street-styled pieces that elicit an aura of sophistication, Milan stays ahead with red-carpet worthy dresses, timeless bags, and snap-worthy shoes.
For Italian lifestyle brand, Furla, fashion goes beyond a quest for flattered silhouettes and signature pieces. Instead, it keeps Italian fashion in its blood by adding twists to classics. While colour blocking and neon hues aren’t exactly game changers in today’s fashion scene, the brand has still managed to produce pieces that would steal second looks in its Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
Take its Artesia bag that comes in blocks of fuschia, camel and cream. Or the Metropolis, dunked in eclectic pops of bubblegum, baby and deep pink and finished with gold hardware, with an added gold chain for a crossbody. The latter comes in three sizes; mini, large enough for dinners; classic, for daytime shopping; and M, for travelling and work. All three designs may by no means be termed trendsetters, but their playful take with three-dimensional prints, uneven weaves and printed skins are worth adding to your collection. The Yo-Yo Mini is also available with perforated leather, and would most definitely do well with the younger crowd.
For men, the bi-coloured Argo M Top Handle Business leads the race with functionality and aesthetics, with both a top handle and side sling, accentuated with two complementing grey hues. The Modular Bag Set, which may be considered a tad too loud for the classic Italian, finds its spot in a wardrobe of the flamboyant. Apart from being able to transform into a briefcase thanks to removable panels and top handles, the camo print gives a subtle twist to the otherwise everyday piece.