We’ve had a mild winter in NYC, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish for warm weather to arrive. The forecast for the next two days is very reminiscent of the change of seasons, and that has me in a daydreaming, resort-wear mood. Salvatore Ferragamo performed spring cleaning on their website and cleared out a space specifically to showcase their Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

At the risk of employing a cliche, I think black might be the new black. The inky color beloved by fashion people and regular folks alike (especially in New York) has been oddly omnipresent in Fall 2012 collections; because it doesn’t photograph well and more vivid colors are preferred for magazine editorials, black often finds itself relegated to a designer’s non-runway line.

Salvatore Ferragamo Calfskin Tote, $2751 via Luis Via Roma

“You can’t wear white after Labor Day or before Easter!”

Is there actually anyone out there who believes that anymore? I mean, besides little old ladies. Even I, as a daughter of the South and a woman introduced to pearls, slips and “proper dressing” at a young age, think this rule is beyond tired.

Images via Vogue.com

For Fall 2011, Salvatore Ferragamo gave us handbag after handbag in black, white or grey, and the collection served as a stark contrast the use of color that permeated most of the other collections for the season. For Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2012, though, there isn’t a trop of black or grey to be found. You might as well entitle this collection Ferragamo and the Amazing Technicolor Handbags.

I never shared my experience of the Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2012 show with you. Shame on me because it was drop dead gorgeous, the kind of gorgeous that made me pinch myself to see if what I was experiencing was a dream. Held at the James B. Duke Mansion, this was the first time Ferragamo has shown in NYC and many celebrities and fashion insiders were in attendance.

Hats off to Amanda for holding down the PB fort as Vlad and I partake in a “vacation.” So far on this particular trip, we rarely check our email and keep swatting one another’s hands away when we see the other attempting to slyly work via our iPhones. But today, after a long day in the sun, we both caved and decided it was time to check in with you all.

When we previewed the Ferragamo FW 2011, we also were given a glimpse at some of their favorite Spring Summer 2011 items. The Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Belt Line is the collection of bags that caught my eye for spring. Right when I tried the turquoise satchel on (pictured above), I instantly fell for it.

The main attraction for this collection is the Gancio metal hardware closure detail with the belt.

Contrasting and nonchalant. Femme sensibility and homme rigor. Splendid exotics and symmetrical patterns. A whole lot of black and white by Ferragamo, presented in B/W on PurseBlog. Enjoy:

We’ve seen tons of color during the Fall 2011 shows that at times it has been hard for me to remember that these collections are intended for cold weather instead of warm. And I’m not complaining; the return of color is absolutely my favorite trend of 2011 as a whole and I couldn’t be happier to wear pink and orange instead of camel.

The Salvatore Ferragamo Cream Python Clutch draws you in with one glance. The design is entirely simple but the execution is not lacking.

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