Thursday 14 June 2012

Exclusive Louvre's Denon Catwalk by Salvatore Ferragamo


What do Leonardo da Vinci and Massimiliano Giornetti have in common? Well, thereby hangs a tale. The show mounted by the Salvatore Ferragamo creative director and his team at the Louvre yesterday evening was a story of lasts, and firsts. Let's start with the lasts: da Vinci's great unfinished masterpiece, an oil painting of the Virgin and Saint Anne dating from about 1510, is the keystone to the current blockbuster exhibition at the museum, featuring drawings and other preparatory works from the latter years of the Italian master's life. As a reward for sponsoring the exhibit, Ferragamo found itself in the enviable position of being the first Italian fashion house to stage a runway presentation at the museum, which took place under the arcades of the Denon wing. But the common threads between past and present run much deeper, Giornetti argued.

Before The Show - Exclusive Catwalk for Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2013
Louvre's Denon peristyle 

Ferragamo's Louvre story ... Paris, March 28, 2012 - With an Italian dinner for 60 selected guests in the baroque setting of Café Mollien at the Louvre, Salvatore Ferragamo celebrated the inauguration of the exhibition "The Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci's Ultimate Masterpiece" at the Louvre Museum in Paris, acting as the sole sponsor ... read more at the end of this post and enjoy the inauguration video! 

Freida Pinto, Leighton Meester and Hilary Swank joined the international fashion set including Jessica Hart, Karolina Kurkova and Claire & Virginie Courtin-Clarins all in head-to-toe Ferragamo runway looks designed by friend and Ferragamo Creative Director, Massimiliano Giornetti as he presented the Resort 2013 collection in the halls of The Louvre in Paris on Tuesday.

 Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2013 - Before The Show

"A woman whose eyes resemble the crystalline waters of St. Barts and the radiance of a morning in Eivissa. Elegant and independent, she has a penchant for luxury and an inherent sense of multifaceted style that she shares with Salvatore Ferragamo’s purest DNA." - Massimiliano Giornetti on his inspiration for Resort 2013.

"Even more than making this about Italy, I wanted it to be about richness and craftsmanship," the designer said before the show. "It's Slow Fashion, which is not just about precious materials, but also the time that goes into each piece. It's about the old masters, but with a young spin." He cited as inspiration notions such as the sensuality of the first rays of sun on one's skin (something that the audience, shivering in the house's silk cashmere scarves, could only dream about). The clothes themselves were about as couture as they could get. From the house's tradition of primitive weaves, Giornetti recast "craft" with a rock edginess, in laced-up, perforated, crocheted, and latticed leather dresses, skirts, and halter tops, many intricately woven with sequins and pierced with delicate silver rings. Shimmying fringed knits, boots in snakeskin or molten silver dots, and tassled handbags rounded out a lineup in delicate shades of blush, sand, and palest gray, a palette the designer chose specifically in homage to the surroundings. "It's super-modern and yet connected with the classics because every piece is the product of a tradition of ancient craft," he said. "The Ferragamo girl is cool, but she's got culture." 

... Beginning with an exclusive preview of the exhibition, where guests were able to admire Leonardo's masterpiece, which has just been restored under the guidance of exhibition curator Vincent Delieuvin and the Italian restorer Cinzia Pasquali, the evening continued with a private visit of the museum.

The President of the Louvre, Henri Loyrette, accompanied the Ferragamo family and a selected number of celebrities and VIPs to admire the masterpieces in the Denon Wing, bringing to life the excitement of this unique event. For the celebration of the Italian genius Leonardo in the Parisian temple of art, Ferragamo decided to build an event totally framed within a "Made in Italy" context: floral arrangements of roses, ranunculus, anemones and tulips in shades of red were delivered directly from Italy, and the dinner featured typical products from Tuscany. In addition to the members of the Ferragamo family, many prominent guests attended the preview including, Hilary Swank, Carole Bouquet, Virginie Ledoyen, Elisa Sednaoui and Dolores Chaplin.

Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories

Photos: Cortesy of Salvatore Ferragamo


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