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Think Small

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I’m just back from Milan, where, in addition to the shows, I haunted showrooms preparing for our next Accessories Report. One thing I noticed is that one of last season’s handbag trends is still going strong: as we called it at the time, the incredible shrinking bag. From every editor at the shows to most models on the runways, small, colorful bags were the It accessory of the season. It’s even become relatively rare to see a “regular”-sized bag, on or off the catwalk. That doesn’t mean they make a small statement, though. The best of the bunch came in loud, color-blocked hues and in exotic skins, from Prada’s rectangular little python numbers to Tod’s double-skin clutches (top) to the new Bulgari Serpenti in lizard (bottom).

Photos: Courtesy of Tod’s; Courtesy of Bulgari

Michelle Obama: The Model Years

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Yesterday, over plates of halibut and pomegranate salad at Bergdorf Goodman’s BG, some of fashion’s most powerful women gathered in honor of perhaps the industry’s most hotly debated topic of late: Michelle Obama. Tod’s and Tina Brown hosted the icon-studded group, which included Iman, Veronica Webb, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Tory Burch, and Michelle Obama favorites Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Sophie Théallet. The catalyst for the serene occasion (an ideal respite from the chaos taking place at NYFW outposts around the city) was the launch of Kate Betts’ book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

While many might contend that the subject of the First Lady’s wardrobe has become its own “dead horse,” yesterday’s luncheon revealed that a few Michelle Obama style stones had been left unturned. For one, her effect on “big girls,” as The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown (left, with Betts) put it. “She’s made big girls comfortable. I love her unabashed big girl-ness. I like that about her: Her imperfections are what make her so appealing.” As for whether or not the First Lady should stick to American designers? “I think she should wear whatever the hell she likes.”

“I don’t think anyone has really looked at her style in the context of First Lady style,” Betts added. “We always compare her to Jackie, but I wanted to go all the way back to the beginning and see why style matters for first ladies. I also wanted to look at her style in a broader cultural context. And to look at why her style mattered to her in her trajectory from the South Side of Chicago, to Princeton, to Harvard, to a Chicago law firm, to the White House, and why her style became a sort of talisman for her—something that she held onto for herself in places that were places that were not necessarily the most friendly places for somebody like her.” And that includes moonlighting as a model. Betts discovered that the First Lady worked as a mannequin for three friends (also aspiring fashion designers) during her days at Princeton. And, how does Michelle feel about her former modeling days and style history being brought to light? “The response was very positive,” Betts said, smiling.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s

Tod’s Addresses The Whole Man

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In the palatial Villa Necchi Campiglio—Tilda Swinton’s impossibly gorgeous manse from I Am Love—Tod’s showed its Fall collection. The label is pitching itself to men as a one-stop-shop for leather lovers, and on view in the villa’s various salone was a full, vari-hued range of casual and dress loafers, lace-ups, wallets, desk accessories, bags, briefcases, and iPad cases. Tod’s pioneered the rubber sole; here it appeared in a thicker, slightly wedged version that had a sporty feel. But the real news this time out is the brand’s dip into men’s Ready-to-Wear. To go with your loafers and iPad case, may we suggest a bomber or safari vest in suede or supple skin?

Tod’s Touches Up A Classic, Jimmy Takes On Johns, Prada Presents The Turner Prize, And More…

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Tod’s driving mocs—at 30 or so—are tried-and-true fashion classics, but Tod’s Group chairman Diego Della Valle is lending his support (and around $25 million) to an even more time-honored favorite: The Roman Colosseum. The brand will fully fund the landmark’s entire renovation. [Elle via Refinery29]

And speaking of accessories, Serena Williams wasn’t happy with the state of hers, recently. Having cut her foot on broken glass and been consigned to a cast for the duration of Art Basel, Williams made the best of things, by bedazzling it with Swarovski crystals. [Page Six]

And in slightly less shiny footwear news: Jimmy Choo has announced that it will re-enter the men’s footwear market. The brand had previously produced a men’s collection, but discontinued it in 2002; the men’s offerings from its recent H&M collaboration convinced CEO Joshua Schulman to give men’s footwear another try. [L.A. Times via Racked]

Miuccia Prada (above), who’s a longtime patron of the arts, was in London last night to present Susan Philipsz with the latest Turner Prize. The award comes with [Pounds]25,000. No word on whether Prada’s throwing in a few pairs of shoes, too. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com

They’re Wooden—And That’s A Compliment

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Earlier this week, Tod’s presented its Spring ’11 accessories by appointment in Milan. The usual luxe skins—calf, croc, and python—are all back in action, but we were most taken with the wood-soled Gardener Sandal, which marks the first time the brand has ventured into working with wood. Like the direction creative director Derek Lam is going in? Good news for you: He’s just signed on with the brand to continue running the show for another two years.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s