Master of suspense

To Salvatore Ferragamo’s creative director Paul Andrew, the real world during lockdown was almost like something from an Alfred Hitchcock film.

“This spring, stuck at home, I rewatched Hitchcock classics. In the past, watching those movies has always felt like inhabiting a surreal and strange world. But watching them during lockdown was different: they felt like ‘real life’ because ‘real life’ itself had suddenly become so strange, surreal and oddly beautiful,” he said.

In a nod to Hitchcock’s Marnie, The Birds and Vertigo, Andrew’s spring/summer 2021 collection pays homage to the films’ suspenseful moments and hyper-reality.

The palette takes its cue from Tippi Hedren’s eau de nil suit in The Birds as well as mauve, yellow, lobster mousse pink and Bodega Bay blue from Vertigo – all set against gull gray, sparrow brown and Hitchcock tan of The Birds.

Attention to detail is key – as seen in a skirt slit to just the right height and a handcrafted perforated jacket with a mix of sexy and futuristic.

A chambray jersey dress shows off the maison’s famed innovation. Its wide bands of fabric flounce across the front and float freely on the back or can be tied in a knot, covering the scoop neck.

Besides using sustainable wool/mohair twist in outerwear and recycled jersey in a dress, artisanal touches include hand-applied embroidered feathers and a handspun floating string skirt.

Footwear include square-toed slingbacks and sandals with sculptured heels inspired by the house’s iconic F-heel. The Studio and Trifolio top-handle bags appear in new sizes and with updated accessories.

(This article was published at The Standard on April 30, 2021: Weekend Glitz: Master of suspense )

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