With all of the clothing coming down the runway in Milan its easy to forget that one of the most important aspects of "Made in Italy" appeal is the country's unparalled leather goods tradition. Fratelli Rossetti, the footwear manufacturer founded in 1953 in Parabiago by Renzo Rossetti together with his brother Renato, is one of the original family operated Italian shoe companies from which many imitators have sprung. Their tagline "a certain world walks in Rossetti" really rings true as their classic, long lasting loafers, pumps and heels are made by master craftsman and purchased by those who prefer a certain intrinsic level of quality over mere trends.
Some look books just don't do fashion justice. When we saw these Fratelli Rossetti Python Open Pumps in Geranium, we were literally unable to concentrate on the preview of the company's Fall collection (the woman who was wearing this gift to fashion was the one showing us around). This sounds silly to say but the color, hard to pick up on in the picture, is truly Geranium. That is, it's red with a slightly coral or orange tint. The woman whom we saw in these heels was wearing a slim black suit and damn if that wasn't the eff-ing right choice. She looked, well, unbelievable. This, indeed, is where the eternal 'look for less' issue comes into play. Without the uncommon color, the real pythonskin, and the craftsmanship of a decades-old Italian shoe company--what are we left with? We're left with blisters and lipstick-red heels that make us look like our outfit is an homage to the movie Pretty Woman. Oh yeah, and the other color option, Cedar, is right on target with Spring's acid green trend.
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