THE BRAND TO WEAR NOW: SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
New creative director Paul Andrew injects his youthful cool.
You know its shoes and its silk twills. The clothes? Probably not as much. That may well change with Paul Andrew, who moved up from the role of the brand’s footwear director to women’s creative director last October. While the Brit boasts a starry portfolio as a shoe designer – he’s worked for the likes of Calvin Klein and Alexander McQueen, and still runs his popular namesake label – his debut ready-to-wear collection for the Italian luxury house this season is equally promising. Inspired by its original clients – screen legends Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich – it boasts relaxed, elongated silhouettes big on mannish, time-proof tailoring, and on-trend shirt dresses made from silk foulards featuring archival prints. The painterly colour palette – moss green, burgundy and khaki, tempered with jolts of bright mustard and dusty blue – would appeal as much to street-style stars as the brand’s long-time clients. If the success of other accessories-designers-turned-CDs is any indicator, Ferragamo is next in line to enjoy the same.