Fabulous darling. Sultry, steamy jungle prints lit up the Salvatore Ferragamo catwalk in a glamorous collection by creative designer Massimiliano Giornetti today. This charming Florentine began his career as an assistant to the men’s knitwear designer, rose to creative director of the men’s division before appointment to his current position in 2010.
For spring/summer ‘12 Giornetti sent silk, strapless jumpsuits embalmed in exotic palm prints of hot berry and fuschia or blues and tomato into a spotlight that picked out the models as they walked. Halter-neck dresses that drew on the Ferragamo tradition of silk scarves were both long and flowing or shorter with a thigh-hugging silhouette. Silk and chiffon was draped bandeau style on tops then wrapped around and gathered into large bows on the hip. There was a smattering of animal prints in exotic hues thrown into the mix, aswell as a hot plaid print on a couple of louche trouser suits. The Ferragamo woman glowed with gold brushed across eye-lids that blinked through hair that was worn long and gathered to one side with large kinks à la Lauren Bacall. Large link chain bracelets in colours that matched the hot prints were worn in multiple on the wrists and duplicated in necklace form. The jungle print is one of the key trends for summer 2012 and this collection was amongst the strongest to explore this theme. Go hot, go bold, think Ava Gardner in Mexico sweeping into a bar and saying ‘pour me a cold drink honey, could you?’
(words: Sarah Hay)