Ferragamo marries leather with apparel
Sep. 21, 2014
MILAN (AP) — Massimiliano Giornetti of Ferragamo is perfecting the marriage of leather goods and apparel with seamless creations that honor the brand's dual traditions.
Nowhere was that better exemplified during the Salvatore Ferragamo womenswear preview on Sunday than in halter dresses with a reptile bodice that flowed right into a knit skirt with the lightest tulle underlay for an ethereal effect. It was complemented by a clutch with fringe cascading out of the side.
Approaching the union from another angle, Giornetti played with animal prints, creating, for example, an oversized snakeskin print that projected an edgy graphic effect, down to the natural yellow accents.
Cross-directional ribbing gave movement to dresses that wrapped assuredly around the bodice, while leather belts defined the flattering silhouette. Voluminous trousers moved like skirts.
The looks were paired with Giornetti's update of brand founder Salvatore Ferragamo's original 1938 Rainbow wedge sandal, created for Judy Garland. The shoe is made modern with monochromes, and paired with exotic skins, while the platforms undulate both along the horizontal and vertical, echoing the ribbing that permeated the collection.
There was an emphasis on white — a runway favorite in Milan collections for next summer — earth tones and paler shades — but the designer punched up the last pieces with turquoise blue and emerald green accents, often in combination for an effect that intentionally mimicked the traditional melting effect of hand-blown Murano glass.
Venetian island artisans also were put to work making bracelets, chains and clutches for handbags.