October 22, 2008
The Peninsula Manila
Manila's stylish denizens were treated to a preview of Salvatore Ferragamo's Autumn/Winter 2008 collection. The last time the brand had a runway show in the country was in 2005 and heir to the empire, James Ferragamo, graced the event.
This year's event celebrated two important things. This year marks the luxe label's 80th year in fashion. Together with Store Specialists, Inc. and Citibank, Ferragamo hosted an elegant evening that started with string quartet serenaded cocktails and concluded with a party that flowed with wine and bubbly.
Of course the highlight was the runway show featuring the very same furs, silks, and leathers that were showcased on the catwalk in Milan. Luxury was the key detail across a neutral canvas, manifesting itself as pale fur on snowy suits (or in ebony over a dark dresses), creamy silk knits and silvery chain mesh. Psuedo slashes were all over dresses—along the neckline, diagonally from the belly up, or just above the hemlines of skirts. Dauntingly low or bared backs were structured with such precision as to show just the right area of skin. It seems the brand's mastery of craftsmanship has extended to their clothing line.
Not to be outdone, the shoes and bags, products that have carved Ferragamo into the name that it is today, were a show in artistry. Sleek silver booties with sculptured Lucite wedges; well-heeled stilettos with thin leather straps that snaked sexily up the ankle made their way down the stained glass-inspired runway. Models hung on to the season's handbags—the Origami design in Hayers Calf; top handle handbag in Ginger Calf; and the clutch with the signature Gancio Clasp.
These three big players also used the evening as the opportune time to present their donation of a sizable sum to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC). Rosa Rosal, who is on the board of governors of the charitable organization, accepted the check of P2.8million, which will be used to purchase a refrigerated centrifuge machine. This will be of great help to the Red Cross Blood Services as it triples the usability of a single blood donation, allowing them to reach out to more Filipinos in need.
Click on to see complete runway photos from the show.
—Isha Andaya, Managing Editor
October 22, 2008