Fashion: British designers present Ferragamo, Cavalli shows

Fashion: British designers present Ferragamo, Cavalli shows

Fashion: British designers present Ferragamo, Cavalli shows

BRITISH designers on Saturday presented fashion collections for two Italian houses at Milan fashion week, with one inspired by shoes as key items, and the other by tiger motifs.

Paul Andrew presented Italian fashion label Salvatore Ferragamo’s latest collection, just days after being announced as the group’s creative director.

And Paul Surridge, creative director at another Florence-based fashion house, presented the Roberto Cavalli collection.

Andrew, who joined the group in 2016 and previously headed up the women’s wear division, told AFP he had been inspired by plunging into the group’s archives.

“Everything I do in Ferragamo is dressing from toe to head: The shoe dictates everything,” he said.

“I started from this particular shoe made with patchwork of colour and material from 1942 and it inspired the colour palette,” he added.

“Given that it’s a shoe from 1942 but it looks much more modern than that, Salvatore was so ahead of his time,” said Andrew, referring to the founder of the brand.

“I thought, ‘How would he be designing now?”

The full range of the Florence-based fashion house was on display, presenting a simple, unpretentious luxury range: Suede leather, nappa, lizard or snake on trousers, jackets, coats and shirts.

Monochrome trousers were zipped around the body, while cashmere blankets and handmade wool sweaters conveyed a sense of simple and spontaneous luxury.

The Ferragamo autumn/winter collection was presented in the Rotonda della Besana, a desanctified church from late Baroque period.

The full range of the Florence-based fashion house was on display, presenting a simple, unpretentious luxury range: Suede leather, nappa, lizard or snake on trousers, jackets, coats and shirts.

Another British designer, Surridge, presented the Roberto Cavalli collection.

Surridge, who has been creative director at the Florence-based fashion house since 2017, told AFP his inspiration had been “instinctive”.

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