Friday, November 04, 2011

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FASHION: Gianfranco Ferre – Spring Summer 2012 collection.  A new image with new designers, Stefano Citron and Federico Piaggi created a free, sensual and determined woman for the Gianfranco Ferré Spring/Summer collection.  The collection finds inspiration in a principle of utter lightness that transforms sartorial essence and geometric line into a glam dimension high in seduction potential.  The impact is absolutely different, modern, and clearly ebullient. It's all about an impeccable balance between color and material, volume and detail, merging in perfect unison to define a merely apparent simplicity of design that becomes a new language of contemporary femininity.

designers Federico Piaggi and Stefano Citron

Gianfranco Ferre.  Asymmetric cuts, low necklines and high slits participate in the constant dialogue among different weights and balances, offering sensual glimpses of skin. Motion exposes structurally functional metal inserts, that serve also as precious edging on bustiers and shoulder straps and become jewel chokers or bandeau tops complete with soft suede or fabric covering.

Gianfranco Ferre:  accessories – belts. The waist and therefore the belt is a strong feature in the collection.  Clean graphic volumes outline pencil shapes that are often accentuated at the waist with leather belts or metal bands.

Gianfranco Ferre:  accessories – shoes and bags.  The material mix principle resurfaces in the sophisticated design of accessories. Blade, the new season’s it-bag, is a briefcase style clutch with detachable shoulder strap. It comes in soft suede as well as in luxurious lizard, crocodile, ostrich and galuchat leathers, with gold, silver or burnished metal hardware (clasp and edging). The platform sandals make a perfect match of precious leathers and smooth or lamé suede, plus super high stiletto heels in steel. Lastly, the gold, silver and smoked plate bangle bracelets in sculptural geo shapes have inserts with a wonderfully exotic texture.

Gianfranco Ferre – the shirt – details. The shirt follows the path of total deconstruction to extremely sensual one shoulder tops with all-bare back; or with a double-layer fabric that works to create mannish mini dresses.

  Gianfranco Ferre – hair and make-up #1.  The make-up was designed by Lloyd Simmons. Like the clothes the make-up is pure and structured with metal finishes.  “I used pewter and violet shadows and shaped them with black, added lots of mascara, top and bottom, lip balm in pewter and a light and fresh foundation.” He explained.

Gianfranco Ferre – hair and make-up #2.  The hair was conceived by Parisien Damien Boissinot.  ‘It’s cool and edgy and graphic like the collection.  It’s slick and back brushed and polished. It’s the sort of hairstyle a woman can do by herself.” Boissinot said.

make-up and hair artists, Lloyd Simmons and Damien Boissinot

Gianfranco Ferre - material mixes.  Materials – often in mix form – include double cady where silk threads enhance the texture, duchesse where gold and silver weaves create a metallic mesh effect, leather where aniline and silk protein treatments produce a smooth slippery feel.

Noor Sankari, Abdulkader Sankari and Michela Piva 

Gianfranco Ferre. Evening is illuminated by raffia, lacquer-plume and crystal hand embroidery on sheer tulle, wrapping the figure so very slinky, revealingly.

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