Salvatore Ferragamo’s Creative Workwear Blurs the line Between Work and Play
For spring 2017, Salvatore Ferragamo’s sophisticated new urban explorer is inspired by the notion of travel. Part outdoor expedition, part indoor leisure the clothing has a casual, relaxed feel while still maintaining the elegant luxury standard that is Ferragamo. Soft blazers are dressed down with large cargo pockets in workwear inspired proportions with dress shirts in whimsical prints. Ferragamo injected most of its suiting with a casual feel, courtesy of an array of vertical pinstripes. Collared dress shirts, and highwaisted, loose fitting trousers are covered in thick and thin vertical stripes. A military inspired field jacket offers an alternative to the traditional suit. While belted, summer leisure suits in tone on tone sandy neutrals are accessorized with suede or canvas bumbags and travel gear.
Ferragamo’s new series of refined athleisure alludes to hiking and biking in the alps. In this case, a chicly styled Italian hiker wears a bright yellow, technical rain jacket over navy joggers scrunched up to the knee with a suede fanny pack and chunky sandals with thick rubber soles meant for exploring. In another look, a slouchy cable knit v-neck sweater in olive green is worn with coordinating athletic joggers and mandals. Huge canvas backpacks were carried by the models to highlight the irrepressible urge to get going: Obviously, they were of the luxe variety in canvas and suede associated with Ferragamo’s stellar level of quality.
The collection highlights spring’s neutral palette of stone, khaki, and olive green to create striking monochromatic looks punched up with solids in navy and artistic abstract prints with dark backgrounds. A formal tailored suit in midnight blue is paired with a matching silk shirt and accessorized with a grommeted, double wrap belt. Decorative elements include colorful pins on lapels, printed foulards and blousons embellished with abstract motifs paying homage to French artist Jean Arp. One was made of more than 100,000 small papery leather triangles stitched together to create a vivid abstract print which took 290 hours to complete. In terms of shoes, Ferragamo updated the traditional monk-strap shoe in burnished leather and mesh. Dressier options include lace-up oxfords with graphic yellow or orange soles. This was the first collection by the Ferragamo team without former creative director Massimiliano Giornetti. All in all, the collection was full of smart, wearable pieces that stay true to the luxury house’s signature aesthetic.