Saturday 20 October 2012

A Modernized Equestrian Theme by Salvatore Ferragamo

There was quite a wait for the Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2013 show to begin. The audience was present, the doors were closed, the photographers baying. In such situations, the mind runs to what might be up backstage. A technical hitch? Something with the models? When the show finally began, it was easy for a woman to jump to conclusions, ah . . . it was the shoe. Or rather, ah . . . the gladiator boots. Each pair was multiply cross-laced in the back, all the way up to the inside of the knee. Various kinds of knee-high summer gladiators are becoming a noticeable feature of the collections. Tom Ford had them in London; they were all over Donatella Versace’s Spring/Summer 2013 runway

Enjoy the Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show, and my SF Resort 2013 coverage at the end of this post! LoL, Andrea

Any girl who fancies committing to these will instantly see that strapping herself into them is going to entail a lengthy two-man tussle. Gladiator boots are the footwear equivalent of fall’s back-buttoned blouse, a garment which, as much as we love it, requires double-jointed elbows, eyes in the back of one’s head, or the assistance of a patient and caring other to put on properly. (Caveat: a male loved one champing to leave for a restaurant is not normally the most enthusiastic recruit for such a task.)

Yet, hush these practical imaginings. It’s quite possible that the various strata of international societies Salvatore Ferragamo is reaching these days has no qualms about the availability of on-hand domestic assistance in a dressing crisis. In a nutshell, Ferragamo, with the rise of in-house designer Massimiliano Giornetti, is emerging as the hipper Italian answer to Hermès. It is luxury-class, where maids may be a given. “Emerging” isn’t quite the right term here, though, since the Ferragamo family has been at the top of the luxury footwear tree in Italy since Salvatore Ferragamo himself began designing and making glamorous footwear for stars and aristocrats in the twenties. But it’s only very recently that the house has weighed in with full-production, glossy runway shows, thus overwriting the impression that its business is only about those famous slip-on ballerinas with faille bows on the toes.

For spring Giornetti displayed the house expertise in leather goods via a modernized equestrian theme, and it worked effectively. It started with a black suede and leather trench and followed through with neatly tailored redingote jackets, short wrapped skirts, and ivory-colored leather coats and varieties of skinny brocade pants. The details, like the intricate saddle stitching in the sides of trousers, spoke of quality and handicraft, while the gold chain necklaces, fastened choker-style, showed a hip knowledge of a breaking spring trend.  In other words, this house is progressing toward claiming its place as an upscale fashion fixture on the Milan schedule. A full-house attendance of guests from America, Europe, and Asia says it’s already well on its way.

Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories 

Photo Credit/Source: © VOGUE
Runway: Photography by © Filippo Fior/GoRunway
Details: Photography by © Gianni Pucci/GoRunway

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