Backstage at Ermanno Scervino everything was a blur of models donning romantic floor length dresses and the photographers clamoring to get their photo while staff put the finishing touches on each of the looks. In one corner of the room stood Mr. Scervino flanked by Italian fashion journalists looking to get the scoop before anyone out front had even seen the collection.
The designer welcomes one of his models to the conversation, kissing her hand and then gesturing to the macramé and denim number she is wearing. Scervino explains that the work on the dress was all done by hand with the macramé lace having literally been melted into the denim to create a three dimensional rock ‘n roll effect. “This was something extremely difficult to realize in (physical) design and I think that owe it to my artisanal resources for being able to achieve this effect.”
The collection was everyday lovely with a colour palette that seldom strayed from white and when it did it retreated to neutral caramels, mint greens and eggshell blues. The sporadic presence of emerald green in lightweight coats and skirts was a welcome sight, adding a shock of colour in the right moments to keep things from turning bland. Scervino described his technique as technological as he uses cutting edge methods to achieve his signature style. This time around he blends glamour with sport for a wearable classic that one can adopt easily for the day. We loved the sheer white below the knee dresses, one in particular where we could see the silhouette of a fifties style white swimsuit peeking out from beneath.
Scervino says he wanted to keep the dress length feminine and ladylike, so most of the collection keeps the upper thigh concealed with the occasional slit. The neckline is also noticeably high cut, thus leading us to sense that the designer is yearning for a more prim and proper fashion ala Jackie O where a woman shows her good style sense without showing too much skin for the sake of it.
Embellishment and embroidery were an homage to Scervino’s artistic voyage to India for inspiration. For the evening he dreamed up a series of handmade shirts teamed with long chiffon skirts. The result a lovely and airy collection that’s easy to wear.
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