Over The Rainbow

Lo splen­dore della vita (the splen­dor of life) is the essence of the new capsule col­lec­tion from Sara Battaglia for Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo that will have you dream­ing of all the vivid hues within the colour spec­trum.

L'officiel Singapore - - Contents - BY ALLYSHA NILA

It is a widely known fact that Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo was quite the colour­ful per­son­al­ity. From his glory days in the glitz of Hol­ly­wood to his pri­vate pil­grim­age to Florence, he strove re­lent­lessly for cre­ative free­dom. Frus­trated with only pro­duc­ing shoes that were pleas­ing to the eye and not the foot it­self, he even pro­ceeded to study the hu­man anatomy to trou­bleshoot his de­signs. This tire­less quest to re­alise per­fec­tion, hon­our craft and re­fine tal­ent is ex­actly why the Fer­rag­amo name lives on un­til this day — and why Fon­dazione Fer­rag­amo (a foun­da­tion cre­ated in 2013 to pro­mote and show­case the aes­thet­ics and sig­na­ture style of the man) was founded.

So when the op­por­tu­nity for the brand to col­lab­o­rate arose, it was only nat­u­ral that 30-year-old Sara Battaglia’s name sur­faced as a likely can­di­date. Achiev­ing early suc­cess in 2011 with an epony­mous bag line so quintessen­tially Ital­ian, the de­tail-cen­tric de­signer – who claims to have de­signed her first bag when she was six – makes for a per­fect match to the her­itage leather goods house. Hu­mor­ously link­ing legacy with the con­tem­po­rary, the playful Battaglia of­fers a child­like per­spec­tive to a brand syn­ony­mous with el­e­gance and re­fin­ery. The re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion: a myr­iad cov­etable – and very cur­rent – de­signs cre­ated with charm­ing naiveté that toy with tex­ture, struc­ture and colour. One cru­cial Fer­rag­amo ar­chive piece served as the foun­da­tion for the col­lec­tion’s pris­matic aes­thetic: the iconic Rainbow Wedge from 1938, de­signed for The Wiz­ard of Oz ac­tress Judy Gar­land. The quirky, eye-catch­ing pair of san­dals ra­di­ates bril­liance, and bears glim­mer­ing gold kid straps and rain­bowhued suede strips cov­er­ing cork heels. But be­ing some­one dis­sat­is­fied with just vis­ual tri­umphs, Fer­rag­amo looked to mu­si­cal-theatre stages for struc­tural in­spi­ra­tion: the golden pedestals and steps from which ac­tresses were raised be­came the ra­tio­nale be­hind plac­ing pan­els on the wedges’ plat­forms, dis­play­ing his ar­chi­tec­tural cog­nizance. Quite self-ev­i­dently, the Rainbow was a shoe de­signed for a star.

This so­phis­ti­cated ref­er­enc­ing is what makes Battaglia’s capsule col­lec­tion not only vis­ually im­pec­ca­ble and rel­e­vant, but also in­tel­li­gent — al­though, with stark de­sign tak­ing cen­tre stage, his­tor­i­cal de­tails might be over­looked. Nev­er­the­less, it has been proven that Fer­rag­amo’s de­signs — al­though cre­ated in the early 20th cen­tury — are still strik­ingly rel­e­vant to­day.

The col­lec­tion’s wal­let, note­book, pouch, four hand­bag styles, key­chain and belt will eas­ily be fa­vorites among to­day’s A-lis­ters: Kate Bos­worth, Miriam Leone and Caitriona Balfe have al­ready been spot­ted rock­ing the pieces.

The bi-coloured charm and the silk-braided chain sub­dues this bag’s loud, graphic de­sign.


Caitriona Balfe (left) and Miriam Leone have made ap­pear­ances with the Sara Battaglia for Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo bags in hand.


3. 1. Fer­rag­amo’s mem­o­rable Rainbow wedge and black satin san­dal from 1938 both fea­ture the stack­ing of cork pan­els cov­ered in suede or calf­skin, re­spec­tively. The el­e­ment serves as vis­ual leit­mo­tif in the col­lec­tion by Battaglia. 2A rainbow mink coat draw­string satchel is the bag to end all bags — ev­ery inch of it screams “ec­cen­tric”. 3. The sym­met­ri­cal beauty of this lac­quered metal clutch’s form, lines and an­gles could res­ur­rect Pythago­ras him­self.

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