The stark white space and digital tree-branch backdrop provided a suitable set for Massimiliano Giornetti’s fall collection. It was an intelligent riff on modernity that nicely complimented the house’s leather goods core and should easily translate into real wardrobes.
Giornetti stuck to an urban palette of gray, white, navy and black, which he used for subtly architectural silhouettes. A languid little dress, for instance, was draped over a more structured skirt; a navy turtleneck had a grid-like overlay and was teamed with a chic gray leather skirt. Rather than tricky, these pieces worked because of the designer’s precision and control.
Giornetti also offered some terrific outerwear, like the short black double-breasted coat that opened the show and the sleek black leather topper with blue lapels. Some of these loosely recalled the London Sixties — think Julie Christie on the Kings Road.
The lineup’s overall coherence — the consistent simplicity and welcome lack of pieces-made-just-for-magazine-shoots — was noteworthy. The clothes were clearly intended for selling, an astute move, particularly for a public company.
The sentiment extended to the accessories: great high-heeled boots with cutouts in the front and tied up the back; small handbags that resembled dopp kits and some luxurious navy crocodile numbers that will surely inspire the Ferragamo woman.