At Salvatore Ferragamo, Massimiliano Giornetti had some tricks up his sleeve for Fall/Winter 2016, and they had everything to do with visual perception. In response to the artistic works of the Bauhaus and Dadaist movements, which both communicated visually with shapes, patterns, and collages, Giornetti set forth a multi-colored circus of a collection for Fall/Winter 2016 that toyed with modularity and angular geometry. It was unpredictable, to say the least.
The first look carries with it that element of surprise and the unexpected, as a beautiful black cape appears with spiked seams. Look closer, and those spikes are really just stiff scalloped edges, and once understood as such, took on a renewed delicacy. Modularity came in the form of dresses that were finished with a multitude of textures: ribbed knits, fan pleats, lampshade panels, jagged edges, color-blocking, and oversized buttons all came to play on the surface of Giornetti’s colorful frocks. Because each of these accents looked “tacked on”, one got the sense that you could transfer elements between looks – hence the collection’s modular essence. Meanwhile, other looks featured full-length zippers that ran in vertical lines across the surface of smocked dresses, and the zippers were unzipped to the halfway mark in order to reveal patterned lining beneath. Cool, easy, interesting.
Giornetti set forth a multi-colored circus of a collection that toyed with modularity and angular geometry. It was unpredictable, to say the least.
Giornetti continued to experiment with construction by folding and slitting ribbed knitwear. One such look featured a striped sleeveless top that was stitched together from multi-colored strips, which were then folded back onto themselves to form a rounded, staggered hemline. A maximal houndstooth slim-cut coat was especially eye-catching, as were his feminine black separates with mink sleeves. Prints featured a larger role as the show progressed, and zipped across flattering sleeveless dresses, relaxed separates, fur coats, and capes in a variety of multi-colored zig-zags. Additionally, there were checkered furs, birdcage printed button-ups trimmed with mink, and striped silk jackets. With so much going on with the surface of Salvatore Ferragamo’s collection, it was easy to be distracted by one seriously amazing element of the show: the shoes. The furry T-strap heels and patterned booties are going to disappear from shelves comes Fall/Winter 2016 — mark our words.