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Women’s Trend: Sprezzatura Styles

Feathers and tapestry add a feminine touch to classic menswear shoes.

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From left The Office of Angela Scott’s monk strap shoe Stuart Weitzman’s patent leather brogue Fratelli Rossetti’s tapestry loafer Church’s perforated leather flatform brogue Valentino’s ostrich feather brogue Santoni’s leather and felt brogue

For fall ’14, the studied nonchalance of Milanese dressing — known as “sprezzatura” —has taken flight. Decorative plumage and tapestry fabrics give traditional menswear styles a feminine touch. Fratelli Rossetti’s colorful woven loafer assumes a playful eccentricity, while Valentino’s ostrich feather adds whimsy to the sleek brogue. High-shine finishes, zippy lacing and flatform soles transform brogues by Stuart Weitzman, Santoni and Church’s, while The Office of Angela Scott offers a formal monk strap option. Though this gentlemanly trend is an antidote to soaring stilettos, the look here is anything but grounded.