Ermanno Scervino; What’s Going On?
Ermanno Scervino’s Spring/Summer collection was characteristically seductive and luxuriously feminine, alluringly bright and bursting with glamour. Kim Kardashian West is famously a fan, with the designer even going so far as to host her wedding; and it is easy to see why Kim in particular would appreciate those curve-enhancing pieces.
However, this collection had an element of structured, sporty outerwear to counterbalance all that womanly glamour. Neoprene was cut into flared skirts paired with strapless cropped-tops, whilst raffia was bonded with rubberized cotton. Parkas featured heavily, but they were soft, rounded at the edges and cut short to show bare legs or bralettes; outerwear with a touch of elegant sex.
The textural contrasts and often asymmetric hemlines gave this collection a contemporary aesthetic, whilst the vibrant turquoise and bright green hues evoked a sense of colourful luxury.
Elsewhere, classic neutrals – camel, black, white – looked beautifully sophisticated in the form of delicately cut and embroidered coats and dresses. That wide-sleeved, camel coat with intricate black patterns on the cuffs would be wonderful for autumn in the city, and those chalky lavender-blue designs would transform any commuter into a sartorial urban queen.
Separates and coats shimmered in silver and snakeskin-like patterns, the material wrapping itself seamlessly around torsos and legs, evoking a sense of exotic luxury and style.
Everything about this collection was poised and perfectly balanced; both as an entire continuum and as individually formed fragments. And as for those embellished white and silver pieces with which Scervino closed the show? Sublime.