At Salvatore Ferragamo it was all about varied textures, equestrian embellishments and contemporary colours. A neutral palette of white, black, caffe latte, biscuit and chocolate brown transformed summer suedes, leathers and snakeskin into heavy-duty trenches, military-esque riding jackets and torso-sculpting ribbed tops. Floral embroidered trousers and bodycon skirts were teamed with mesh and leather separates, and later the designer injected some evening glamour with gold and metallic silver, chain-mailing their way across flippy skirts and tops. Origami folds and ribbed tops in duck egg blue and champagne added shimmer to the collection, with flourishes of gold chain bracelets and necklaces reflecting Ferragamo’s equestrian inspiration. Bags were big, embellished and slouchy, while footwear went knee-high in snakeskin and leather with lacing up the back in a most rider-savvy style, minus the riding-crop. In fact, much of the snakeskin-armoured looks, black leather, rivets and buckles appeared to be verging ever so modestly towards dominatrix-chic (perhaps a subtle nod to the latest trend for a certain brand of erotica a la Fifty Shades? Not that I know anything about that particular book, being twenty-something years too young!) Ferragamo’s spring summer 13 line has left me with a taste for stable-style and saddle-worthy glamour.
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