Natalia Dyer (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images for Salvatore Ferragamo)
As expected, Ferragamo pulled out all the stops for their Autumn / Winter 2019 Milan Fashion Week runway show, where Paul Andrew and Guillaume Meilland presented the latest Women’s and Men’s collections. And with a front row crowd including Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Irvine, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Suki Waterhouse, and Olivia Culpo, the clothes were not the only thing to gawk at (Hi, Stranger Things reunion!).
The newest collection was inspired by “generation.” After all, the brand does grip a strong emphasis on family – which they define as, “the cultural continuity between generations, and power.” Andrew, who has been a part of the Ferragamo family since 2016 as the brand’s first Women’s Footwear Design Director, was recently appointed Creative Director, and boy did he deliver with his first show at the helm.
Knowing his background with footwear, it is no surprise that as he points to a jewel-tone, suede patchwork wedge from the ’30s he declares, “everything begins with this shoe.” With this, he is reminded that Salvatore Ferragamo was ahead of his time, and treated shoes as works of art – a mindset with which Andrew used to deliver this strong collection, drawn from Ferragamo’s vast archive.
As we work our way up from the shoes to the clothing and accessories, the inspiration provided by the legendary wedge is clear. Patchworks of suede, nappa, snake and lizard are echoed though the runway designs, along with fringed cashmere blanket coats, sensual leather robes, sportswear in Japanese technical wool and hand-knit textured sweaters.
Shifting gears to the men’s side, tailored garments are imagined with an outdoor notion. A slew of offbeat textures and fabrics made their way down the runway – deerskin, corduroy and technical wool gabardine.
And of course, where would Ferragamo be without the anchor of their collection, shoes? And those showcased in this runway collection ranged from sculptural heels in bright suedes, to nipped-point toe stilettos in satin with hand encrusted rhinestone straps, and pull-on boots in butter calfskin. For men, Nubuck trekking boots and a new take on the beloved, classic loafer.
With fresh, new creative direction, Ferragamo is beginning to forward a renewed commitment to crafting innovative products, while still sticking to their roots and staying true to the design elements passed down from generation to generation.