Versus, Versace's younger line has made its second season comeback with Christopher Kane working on the collection. Kane's deftly designed range of flirty pleated frocks with edgy details came in black, a sticky, jammy red colour and peacock-blue with touches of burgundy. Skater-style skirts with sexy peek-a-boo bodices made for party-pleasing eveningwear while the same skirts were teamed with T shirts digitally printed with images taken by Bruce Weber and plucked from the Versace archive by Kane. We can't wait to see more of the same from Christopher Kane for Versus.
Alberta Ferretti was all about expressing the Ferretti definition of 'sexy' in her collection. She did this with tulle tops and chiffon dresses in nude colours embellished with jewels designed to look like the gems had been tattooed directly onto the body. The aim according to Ferretti is to look sexy but not in the least bit showy, or, heaven forbid, vulgar. Brand staples were very much in evidence; an embellished princess coat and long, flowing evening gowns sure to sweep onto a red carpet at Cannes or the Oscars plus shorter, embellished cocktail frocks.
Luxurious elegance in a palette of deliciously rich autumnal shades at Salvatore Ferragamo had us hankering after walks through heaps of bronze leaves and cups of hot chocolate. The easy-on-the-eye colours ranged from golden caramel to rust, grey-blue, olive-green and bitter chocolate brown. Ferragamo's menswear designer Massimiliano Giornetti has recently taken on the women's collection in addition to men's and this was his first collection. The leather shorts and cape coats were favourite pieces while cable knits, suede boots, and beanie hats gave the show a hint of the 70s.
By Pat McNulty