Ferragamo entered a new chapter in the past Milan Fashion Week. The new chapter brought much news for the house. First and most important was the debut of the creative director Paul Andrew for the women’s ready-to-wear collection. This title came as a promotion to his previous engagement when he was hired to oversee the women’s footwear collections. 18 months ago, the shoe designer was asked to design shoes, but now, his task was to give the famous brand fresh and modern look. And these looks were mainly seen in the strong outerwear pieces and knee-high boots. His statement was clear.
The house has been born as a shoe brand and all of his work was done around completing a whole look – from head to toe. This was considered a smart move, especially because of the time where many young women get dressed from their feet up. The main inspiration and the starting point of the Fall/Winter collection were the shoes, but also the Ferragamo’s archives. The famous Ferragamo client – Katharine Hepburn served as an additional inspiration. The color palette he chose included deep green, buttery yellow and vivid blue colors – all of them with an iconic connection to the Ferragamo’s rainbow wedge.
The pieces that came out were with excellent tailoring. The pants were wide, with a plisse at the side. There were ponchos worn over velvet dresses, as well as old pants tucked into boots. The suede trenches were exquisite in emerald or Bordeaux. Also pulled from the archives were the silk foulard pieces. The runway looked like it was filled with long capes, jodhpurs and leather jackets, but with the right dose of balance between the modern fashion and the Italian leather goods heritage.