Buzz: Giorgio Armani, Fratelli Rosetti, Matt Bernson

Mega Collection
Giorgio Armani has widely expanded its footwear collection for spring ’12. The Italian brand recently previewed all its men’s and women’s styles in the New York showroom, the first time in years it had shown there during market. For women, the line included a range of evening looks, basics, flats and wedges. For men, a highlight was the leather espadrille styles featured on the runway in June. Retail prices range from $295 to $1,395 for men’s, and from $295 to $1,495 for women’s.

Wholesale Boost
Fratelli Rossetti has started wholesaling. The brand’s men’s product will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue for fall, with a bigger push starting in spring ’12. The Italian-made brand has long had a store on New York’s Madison Avenue and is now ready to broaden its reach here, said Diego Rossetti, managing director of Fratelli Rossetti. “The consumer mindset is changing,” he said. “Quality is back in fashion, so [we feel the] timing is right to start wholesale distribution.” Fratelli Rossetti retails for about $400 to $700.

Fashion Accessory

Matt Bernson will add a jewelry and handbag line to the offerings for spring ’12. The New York-based footwear brand has in the past created one-off items, including a studded bracelet two years ago, but the new collections — five styles of bags, three cuff bracelets and one necklace — mark his formal foray into accessories. And it’s a category he plans to continue to expand, he said. The leather and canvas pieces have a casual vibe, he added. “You wouldn’t see a celebrity wearing these on the red carpet,” Bernson said. “Instead, you’d see them wearing them when they go to Starbucks on the weekends.” The bracelets and necklaces will retail from $45 to $99, while the handbags range from $169 to $275. Both lines will hit stores starting Jan. 15. Bernson said he is targeting large retailers and independents that already carry the brand’s footwear.

Book It

A concise chronicle of footwear throughout history comes to life on the pages of the newest anthology from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Edited by Harold Koda and with an introduction by Sarah Jessica Parker, “100 Shoes” hits shelves on Oct. 18 and is a follow-up to the organization’s “100 Dresses” from last year. Though the Costume Institute has 2,500 shoes in its collection, just 100 were chosen for the book to show how styles have changed over the years. From 16th-century Venetian platforms to iconic red-soled Christian Louboutins of the 21st century, “100 Shoes” aims to express fashion as both evolving and cyclical.

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