Moreso than most American brands, who tend to try to please a crowd, Italian designers often have very specific customers. Dolce & Gabbana is for women who want to look sexy and traditionally elegant all at once. Gucci is straight-up sexy. Bottega Veneta is for sophisticated women who count luxury as more important than flash. Versace is for women who date rock stars and wear six-inch wedges to the beach. Based on Salvatore Ferragamo's Fall 2014 handbags, Ferragamo is for women with a corner office.
Most notably, this show marked the debut of the Fiamma line, which consists of slightly potbellied (in a good way) little two-handled satchels in sizes from mini to large and materials from buffed calfskin to glossy crocodile. They're polished, expensive-looking and just distinctive enough to warrant attention without being so over the top as to violate Ferragamo's history of relative conservatism. And indeed, that history is apparent throughout the show's bags, which are the kinds of pieces a very successful woman could easily carry into a strict workplace without violating anyone's sense of propriety or taste but still representing herself as totally in control of her personal style. Check out the full selection below.
[Photos via Vogue.com]