Houndstooth print played protagonist at the Ermanno Scervino fall/winter women's show in Milan. Deconstructed into hashtag-like stars onto mink and available in several different macro and micro sizes on the stage, the Tuscan designer played with the pattern's casual sartorial spirit, downplaying an otherwise ultra-elegant array of ready-to-wear.
"I love playing with the identity of gender, never calling it into question," Scervino said. "My woman is always feminine when she is wearing a masculine overcoat. It can be perfect to enhance her seductiveness."
On a more cross-border pret-a-couture note, Scervino splashed Swarovski crystals in petal and square and rectangular shapes onto belts and bodices, while astrakhan coats and ornate ethnic embroidery infused the collection with an artisan flair. Like other designers this season, Scervino experimented with outerwear fabrics for pret-a-porter with K-way puffa materials that lined skirts.
Cocktail dresses fit for an A-list Hollywood party at Chateau Marmont ranged from royal blue organza to a winter wonderland metallic-bodiced, fur-skirted number.
Bridal-a-porter looks took center stage when model Jessica Stam, wearing an intricate lace and organza dress with a romantic train, closed the show on an emotional high-point.
Such a strong ending signaled that Scervino, who recently hosted Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding in Florence, definitely has a few more tricks up his sleeve.