The more I see of the Fall/Winter 2010 shows, particularly the ones from Milan, the more I become certain that the fashion industry glitterati have clandestine meetings after the season has been presented to decide what the trends for the next season will be, just so everyone else is on the same page. That, or it’s secretly just one supergenius (or supercomputer?) behind every major collection, and that’s why everything from Gucci to Fendi to Ferragamo this season has been so cohesive – not just within each collection, but across much of what has been shown at Fashion Week as a whole.

So, this is what we know: the 60s and 70s are being brought back, this time in a conservative and subdued way to match the mood of the culture. Classic shapes, particularly in accessories, are as classic as they’ve ever been. Brown is officially a thing, as is suede. The look of sueded croc is also gaining favor, after being embraced for the past few season by the bag designers at YSL.

Ferragamo’s collection hit most of the high points of fall trendspotting, and the materials were lush and beautiful. A few of the shapes were too plain for me, but high points like asymmetrical croc clutches with tortoise shell closures made me forget all about them. That’s probably a good metaphor for how fall is shaping up, in fact – the key will be finding the bags that take tradition to the next level.

  • Jane

    I really love the clutches. I am usually not a fan of anything asymmetric in fashion, but those clutches are truly stunning. I can’t wait to hold one.

  • p.melwani

    oh my god amanda I was thinking the exact same thing a few days ago after seeing so many similar things from the major fashion houses. I was thinking there must be some sort of meeting these creative directors go for and discuss what they r going to do! I thought only I felt that way :) but do tell me if such a thing happens ;)

  • ShoeQueen1961

    On the count of three; repeat after me… “The croc shoulder bags are fierce!!!”

  • enyl

    The large grey suede shoulder bag and the rust suede shoulder bags are perfect.
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  • Elyse

    the croc bags are incredible. I would love to have one to carry around (fb)

  • Joy

    loving them! seem so perfect for this military-esk summer!
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