Ermanno Scervino's spring summer 2014 collection communicated a tantalizing mix of 1940's honeymoon and the Memphis-style glamour seen at the American Country Music Awards.
There was a little of Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, and Priscilla Presley in the runway looks -- and even a bit of Dolly Parton in her guitar-playing-in-denim days.
Khaki canvas coats were updated with a satin finish and champagne colored rhinestones, while jean jackets were jazzed up with modern tailored lines and double faced with linen, bonded with silk duchesse and satin. Shorts ensembles with Cleopatra cut, bejeweled collars were followed by casual capri belted pant suits with heart shaped bodices.
Ermanno Scervino also blurred the lines between day wear and beach wear, with mid-20th century pinup girl swimwear and bikini tops that double for boardwalk strolls and tanning on the shore.
Models featured ponytails fastened with maxi, shimmering bows, while other accessories included hand-worked Florentine straw bags.
Evening wear featured gowns that a no-nonsense sort of bride could go for (a practical trend lately in ready-to-wear collections): One a sheer white, heard-shaped bodice, crystal studded gown, and the other, a floor length jeweled collar white dress.
The highlight was a peach colored chiffon gown, reminiscent of the glam trends worn in the 1960's film "From the Terrace" staring Paul Newman and his long-time love and widow Joanne Woodward. Perhaps the collection wasn't all practical for every age group, but it did successfully evoke a sense of nostalgia for good ol' American glamour.