Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2018 Takes You Along The Coast Of The Italian Rivieras

A summer interlude.

BY sarah chong | Apr 3, 2018 | Fashion

All images by Andrew Arthur for Salvatore Ferragamo

In an era that’s all about statement-making and loud fashion to gain attention, Ferragamo’s not at all about that. However, we’re not saying they’re unexciting, but look twice and you’ll notice an understated elegance.

We first saw Guillaume Meilland, Design Director of Salvatore Ferragamo, kicking off with a good start last season with his debut collection for the Italian house. As a Frenchman who understands the value of history and tradition, it’s refreshing to see what his take would be like to understand the Italian flare–getting the house codes right. And this season, we see him doing it again, very nicely.

For Spring/Summer 2018, trust Meilland to take you on a journey. Picture yourself traipsing down the coast of Italy–the sumptuous seaside ports and picturesque palazzo, something along the lines of Purple Noon (1960) or the newer adaptation The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Alain Delon circa 1960 was peak good looking so it might not be fair to compare oneself to him when modelling an outfit. But the collection is classically contemporary, so don’t try too hard and you’ll pull them off well.

This collection sees earthy and soft tones such as pale lilac and powdery blue, with embroidered prints of seahorses and corals, and the occasional stripes or checks. The relaxed cuts of unlined and malleable jackets fit right into the breezy-seaside life. And to lounge around the Italian heat, those billowy camp collar shirts are paired with above-the-knee cut shorts and wide cuffed pants.

But what makes it all perfect is the fit; they’re airy and loose but nicely cut sartorially–not sloppy. And that’s thanks to the pairing of its heavier fabrics like corduroy (the fabric trend of the season), leather and velour–but all kept really lightweight. The shells and coral key-chains are matched with the knit cardigans. An homage to the beautiful creatures under the sea.

Ferragamo is also serious about its footwear, they have to be. And the new takes this season come in contrasting colours where comfy penny loafers are done with thick rubber soles, clean lace-ups with suede, and of course, the classic, well done buckled loafers.

Sometimes Italian fashion is not all about its neat and perfect suiting–Pitti Uomo-peacocking style. This time at Ferragamo, it’s done in a calm, elegant way. Now what we need is just that membership to the yacht club–and to find that relaxing leisure time.