Czarist Russia. The gilded life of the elite few guided Salvatore Ferragamo creative director Massimiliano Giornetti for fall, with strong results. In the elegant lineup, the designer took the theme on from two perspectives: the strictness of military silhouettes and the soft romance associated with Eastern Europe of those prerevolution years. Often, Giornetti combined the two, such as in an appealing structured gray military coat teamed with an ultrafeminine paisley dress.

He also amped up the luxe factor and used astrakhan like a fabric, cutting it into a black formfitting suit with gold buttons that underscored the military feel. As for the romance, there was plenty, with flared chiffon dresses that had gold surface elements, and blouses inspired by Balkan costumes (which felt a lot like gypsy tops).

Giornetti’s accessories were equally alluring, featuring great velvet boots and bags, braided sandals, enameled minaudières and charming cameo necklaces.

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