Although Salvatore Ferragamo’s designer, Massimiliano Giornetti, did not admit to any such references, the brand’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection reflected Italian glamour by way of Spain. While Latin America’s influence definitely held sway over many New York designers this season, it was Salvatore Ferragamo that made the best use of flamenco flare and peasant-inspired ruffles, issuing forth a collection that was imminently wearable and touched with surprising accents.
A sophisticated assortment of separates launched the show, with white crinkle-sleeved tops, sackcloth-waist leather skirts, lampshade cropped tops, and delicate cotton slip dresses setting a graceful tone. It took a second glance to discover that Giornetti’s leather pieces were artfully disseminated by miniscule slits, which was a clever move indeed. While fashion’s obsession with ruffles and pleating has reached a fever pitch this season, Giornetti’s versions were quite elegant, coming in color-blocked plissé, off-shoulder flamenco dresses, and tiered stacks. Aside from the Spanish-tinged looks on the runway, there were princess-cut wrap coats, luxurious capes, and section-stitched toppers with feathered trim. For the finale, Giornetti turned his flamenco dresses into the ultimate jetset look by decorating them with bold awning stripes, which was a fitting end to a show that is sure to catch the eye of many a well-traveled, sophisticated woman of the world.