What does the modern “well traveled heiress” wear to lounge around her mansion during the summer? That’s the question Salvatore Ferragamo was trying to answer last night when it presented its resort collection in New York.
The Italian brand turned the ground floor of the James B. Duke mansion into a runway and invited everyone from Eva Mendes and Ashley Greene to Emma Roberts and Freida Pinto to sit front row. Creative director Massimiliano Giornetti paraded Karolina Kurkova, Karlie Kloss and a slew of other models in front of the assembled stars in a literally sparkling array of gowns, dresses and suits ideal for the beach. Or for the wealthy person who’s going to the beach but who has absolutely no plans of getting anywhere near the ocean’s spray.
The clothes referenced the 1930s in both style and materials — there were tons of sailor striped tops and decorative art deco touches. Long blazers and even longer gowns swayed easily as they came down the runway. What wasn’t made of silk or chiffon was rendered in cashmere, and all of it espoused the kind of easy glamour and luxury you can only find in certain resort towns during the summer.
And really, what more could you ask for from a resort collection? The clothes were made for languid afternoons sipping prosecco and evenings sloshing politely around hotel lobbies near the water. We simply can’t imagine them being worn anywhere else.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.