Compared to London, Milan Fashion Week knows it’s all about the big bucks. From the ultra-professional street style photographers dashing from show to show to the luxury houses showing super slick, wearable collections everything has a price and that price is expensive. So when you see Anna Wintour sitting front row at a fashion show you know there’s big money at play, and when it’s Salvatore Ferragamo you know that’s going to be reflected in the collection. This is not a brand that prides itself on forward thinking, politically engaged or even particularly exciting fashion but instead on holding the interest of their relatively conservative luxury customer.
Details like the long handled clutches in rich dark fur, wrapped around the models wrists, and leather belts again woven around fine knit dresses. Bouncing capes erred on the absurd but then again the Ferragamo customer probably isn’t going to bounce down the road to Sainsbury’s in it anyway. Oversized buttons were an interesting addition to knee-length side fastening dresses and skirts, particularly in bold red and yellow, and were echoed in bright sporty stripes along polo necks or the lapels of jackets. Pleated leather skirts, fur sandals and silk colour blocking were classic Italian luxury, while coated ribbed tops created a striped orange and black effect which would almost have been (wait for it) grungy had it not been for a thick deep V-neck. Judging by the rest of the collection, I doubt grunge is something Massimiliano Giornetti has much time for – glamour on the other hand, he can do.