Gucci chose gold, for lace-up front stilletoes, and Versace and Armani both shaped heels with inward cuts to give an artistic flavor to the footwear.
Bags -- another important accessory for designers -- were big, soft and often carried a side pouch pocket, as at on Thursday -- enabling women to have the utility of a holdall and the chicness of a handbag together.
"A that fits into a tote becomes your new twinset," Downing said.
For many designers, details were not confined to accessories and there were ample amounts of embroidery, ruffles and frills.
Emporio Armani had splashes of silver and sequins on Wednesday, Missoni banded a gold dress with bright turquoise that looked like enameling and Love, Sex, Money on Friday embroidered outfits in silver that gave an almost Turkish feel.