Ermanno Scervino Spring/Summer 2011
Relaxed military styling and informal detailsby Eileen Bernardi
Ermanno Scervino’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection is, once again, proof of the Florentine designer’s dedication to reinterpretation and experimentation. Presenting rather unusual designs for both day and night, Scervino is like a tightrope walker, balanced on the fine line between sportswear and formal wear, and between casual detailing and military conformity, all the while playing with materials, seams and cuts.
The Spring/Summer line exudes an aura of relaxed confidence, exemplified by the light, casual jackets, and pyjama-inspired pants. A knitted wool, single-breasted slim fit suit is complemented by stainless steel detailing, while a reinterpreted retro-fit, double-breasted jacket in navy has a casual-military look, especially when paired with the navy, pinstripe fleece pants. The cargo-inspired shorts have utilitarian pockets and a relaxed fit.
The predominant use of nature-inspired colors in the collection, such as sand, military green, blue, mud, and shades of gray, provide continuity to the utility and military themes. Yet, the utilitarian look of many of the pieces is offset by a delicate attention to detail, as in the embroidered linen shirts and caftans, satin belts, slipper shoes, and animal-print belts.