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Vince has a new creative director, and it's starting to show. Natalie Ratabesi comes from Italian brand Philosophy, with design jobs at Gucci and Ralph Lauren also on her resume. While her vision for Vince won't be fully realized until they show fall 2015, she did have an impact on its pre-fall pieces, which we toured at the brand's New York City showroom this week.
Spotted in the racks was more color than we're used to seeing from Vince, including lots of pretty berry hues and a sea of blue-greens, which extended to accessories as well. The brand quietly started doing bags, reporting a little crossbody with an inverted V on the flap as a bestseller, which comes in teal and yellow for pre-fall. Additions to the bag line this season include a bucket shape and an updated messenger, as well as calf hair panels on shoulder bags and fold-over clutches. Shoes, which the brand always does well, include pointed-toe mule wedges, suede d'Orsay flats, and croc-embossed slides and sneakers.
Leather popped up outside of accessories, too, in a poncho (sounds weird, looks great), a fur-lined vest (pictured above), a mini skirt, and many, many covetable jackets, from bomber to moto. Tour the new pieces yourself in our exclusive shots below.