Isabella Fiore boasts exotic, versatile neutrals in the new El Paso collection, a line of handbags marked by bold blocks of multi-tonal snakeskin and smooth leather topped with hefty shoulder straps and mixed metal chain accents.
After filing for bankruptcy several years ago, the label – and its design team – took a brief hiatus to re-center and re-focus before launching a reinvention. The team travelled across the United States to the label's place of birth on the west coast, Los Angeles, finding inspiration anew deep in its own heritage, culture and worldly experiences. The spring 2012 collection represents that journey, as well as the new design identity obtained along the way that they call 'bohemian sophisticate'.
Isabella Fiore's El Paso line is warm, richly textured and exotic, and built on relatively standard carry-all hobo and satchel silhouettes that are comfortable and easy to wear. Each of the four bags in the set feature artisanal detailing and a colour palette meant to represent all of the nature that America has to offer, from denim-blue skies to amber sunsets and teal waters to mahogany deserts. There are no bright spring hues here, but the collection is still surprisingly vibrant and seasonal. Bands of snakeskin glow behind layers of silver, gold and copper hardware, and the colour blocking trend is given new life with an almost utilitarian and 'assembled over time' approach to combining materials in unlikely ways.
The Isabelle Fiore El Paso collection is comprised of a crossbody, a shopper, a satchel and a hobo – all solid expressions of fun, warm-weather, day-to-night neutrals.
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