Thursday, October 09, 2008

Milano: Spring Summer RTW 2009

Gianfranco Ferre. Respect for an absolute love of elegance, the spontaneous elegance that comes from self-knowledge and so is never distinct from a secret inner oneiric essence. This is what modulates the Gianfranco Ferre women’s collection for Spring/Summer 2009, the first under the creative direction of Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi. Fluid and constructed all in one, the collection draws upon the Italian tradition of fine tailoring to define a unique contemporary style which bypasses every hint of folk as it gives life to surprising silhouettes. The collection is in utter sync with the great heritage of Gianfranco Ferre.

Gianfranco Ferre. The new Gianfranco Ferre creative directors, Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi pose with Ferre’s owner, Tonino Perna. Both men wear navy blue sweaters reminiscent of the surplus sailor Genovese sweaters one used to buy at the Livorno market in the 1960s.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. Tommaso wears two big silver rings, one on each hand.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. Tommaso wears his Louis Vuitton belt to one side.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. Both designers wear jeans but sport very different shoes; Tommaso in velvet slippers and Roberto in Adidas.

Gianfranco Ferre. Gianfranco Ferre's CEO, Michela Piva welcomes guests to the show in a vintage Gianfranco Ferre long knitted grey dress.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. A diamond encrusted safety pin designed by Gianfranco Ferre.

Gianfranco Ferre. Author and journalist, Donatella Sartorio chats with Pitti Immagine’s president, Gaetano Marzotto and his beautiful journalist wife, Albertina.

Gianfranco Ferre. Max Mara’s Giorgio Guidotti and Laura Lusuardi have come to support Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi who worked for ten years at Max Mara. This is there debut collection under the Gianfranco Ferre label.

Gianfranco Ferre. American Vogue’s editor in Chief, Anna Wintour.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. This is all Anna carries around with her: a palm, black glasses and bordeaux leather notebook/wallet.

Gianfranco Ferre. In a purple sleeveless blouse, fashion stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe is scouting looks for the red carpet.

Gianfranco Ferre. French Vogue’s editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld and Emanuele Alt.

Gianfranco Ferre. Italian Vogue
’s, Anna Piaggi.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. A big velvet and leather bag designed by Barbara Hulanicki for Coccinelle and a sky blue walking stick are just part of Anna Piaggi’s look.

Gianfranco Ferre. Vanity Fair’s fashion director, Michael Roberts.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. Michael Roberts’s real Contax film camera with Zeiss lense. “I hate digital cameras.” He told me. Michael has just launched another book entitled, Fashion Victims.

Gianfranco Ferre. Stylish editor in chief of La Repubblica’s Velvet magazine supplement, Michela Gattermayer.
Note: the silk Mantero scarf tied loosely around her neck, the black tee shirt, the rose tattoo, the five pearl earrings, the Indian rings and Rolex gold watch. Everything is beautifully and casually put together.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail.
A close up of Michela Gattermayer’s precious stones and gold enamel Indian rings.

Gianfranco Ferre – front.
The front of the grey bustier-dress with “samurai’ embroidery.

Gianfranco Ferre – back. The back of the grey bustier-dress with “samurai” embroidery.
Note: the Big white fan ruffle and big black bow.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. The shoes with hemispheric heels in Plexiglas and metal: otherwise with skinny heels set on metal forms reminiscent of the basic atom’s molecular structure.

Gianfranco Ferre.
Ferre’s new Vice-President for Public Relations in the U.S.A., Carlos de Souza, organized the press conference backstage in between the two shows.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail.
Bracelets designed by Carlos de Souza for his line The Most Wanted Design Jewelry and a classic gold watch by Jaeger Le coultre.

Gianfranco Ferre – detail. Carlos de Souza’s jewelry in black and brown diamonds from his The Most Wanted Design Jewelry collection.

Gianfranco Ferre. Backstage Cristina Derosas keeps everything under control.
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