Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection “Intelligent Informal” was inspired by the world’s shift towards casual wear and comfort.
The brand deconstructs the codes of “casual” and rebuilds them in a spirit of liberated precision and fluid expression, with codes shared between the genders.
The aim was to demonstrate that clothes that are considered to be casual can be worn with as much care, discernment, craft and irony as any evening gown or tuxedo.
For the women’s collection, pieces featured dramatic ruffles an eveningwear staple, but this time expressed in versatile knit. A traditional evening wear shape is interpreted unconventionally in supple strips of shaved by-product shearling. A knit bodysuit, inherently simple, is worn underneath a bonded leather mini skirt. A trench incorporates a wrap belt and wrap scarf into its structure to create a versatile garment wearable in multiple ways.
In menswear, the skeleton of a formal silhouette is retained but unnecessary complexity pared back in softly constructed jackets with inserted gilets. Gancini quilted olive parkas, pullovers and sweatshirts in sustainable nylon integrate the codes of Ferragamo in material substance of technical garments.
Both genders feature upgraded athleisure wear with came hair wool sweatpants, cardigans and sweaters delivered with artisanal detailing. And both genders access an ironic and eye-opening playfulness focused on scale and proportion, in which wide-aperture exaggerated striping and unorthodox patching combine to replace the “smartness” of formality with the irony and intelligence of “informality”.
In accessories, the casual theme continues. The Ferragamo Studio bag is presented in new sizes and materials including blown-up crocodile-effect pressed relief, warping the onlooker’s sense of scale. A soft bucket bag is added to the line, featuring the signature Gancini closure and a studded base.
Woven cuoio and cord versions demonstrate the craft and know-how that is at Ferragamo’s core. A new bag design comes in a half-moon shape with a selleria finish: this features the substantial leather-clad chain which also serves as a jewellery accent across the collection.
And in shoes, a new style of unisex running shoes features a rainbow-layer sole that refers to Salvatore Ferragamo’s iconic 1938 Rainbow shoe. Snow boots, moccasins and hikers feature ultralight lug soles, and subtly volumised proportions in richly tactile calfskin. The iconic Gancini hardware is applied to these and a new combat boot, placed for an ironic and surprising effect.
See more of the collection below: