Ferragamo travels from tropics to red carpet

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Posted: Sep 25, 2011 4:27 PM
Ferragamo travels from tropics to red carpet

Ferragamo's latest look packs easily for the tropics. Or the red carpet.

Lucky the girl who gets to do both.

Ferragamo designer Massimiliano Giornetti was decidedly fantasy-driven in the collection previewed Sunday during Milan Fashion Week _ mostly leaving the workaday city behind.

For an exotic getaway, the Ferragamo woman wears chic dresses in chiffon and silk that drape the body elegantly. The dresses sometimes are halters, or knotted to create a sexy bandeau top that wraps sensually around the neck. Colors are bold reds and purples, prints straight out of the tropics.

Sticking to Ferragamo's classic roots, Giornetti sometimes topped the dresses with men's jackets.

For awards season, Ferragamo created gowns that would trigger flashbulbs on any red carpet. Try a gold lame leopard print featuring layers of chiffon, a leg-baring slit, and a final flourish: a silk scarf over a bare shoulder.

For the party after, there was a fun and flirty flapper-style dress _ a period often evoked during Milan Fashion Week _ with red and purple strings of beads that dance in the light.

Giornetti also mixed it up, pairing a beaded top with tropical print trousers.

Shoes were high-heeled strappy sandals featuring a grooved heel from Ferragamo's archives, circa 1935. Colorful clutches and bucket bags were made of plaited leather.