After a fashion month that saw a trio of hotly anticipated creative debuts—Shayne Oliver at Helmut Lang, Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy, and Natacha Ramsay-Levi at Chloé—we already have a new designer to look forward to come the next collections cycle in February: Paul Andrew at Salvatore Ferragamo.
Today, the storied Italian house announced that Andrew has been appointed creative director of women’s collections, effective immediately, replacing Fulvio Rigoni who has been in the position since last November. In the role, Andrew, who is best known for his eponymous shoe line, will oversee all womenswear, including footwear and leather goods, and also have a hand in the brand’s marketing going forward. “I am grateful for the confidence and trust the Ferragamo group and family have put in me,” Andrew said in a statement. “It has been a privilege to work with the expertise of one of the world’s great fashion and leather goods houses. I am thrilled by the opportunities that lay ahead in forging a single, powerful identity for a new Ferragamo woman.”
The appointment comes just over a year after Andrew first joined the brand as design director of women’s footwear, a new position for Salvatore Ferragamo. Andrew was brought on with much acclaim to his name in the field; in 2014, he won the 11th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and has since been nominated twice for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, taking home the award the second time around. Prior to launching the Paul Andrew brand in 2012, the British designer worked in the footwear atelier at Alexander McQueen before moving to New York to work on accessories at Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan.
It remains to be seen what Andrew’s ready-to-wear vision will look like—that’s what the Fall 2018 collection is for—but if his shoe designs are any indication, expect a modern updates to classic wardrobe staples with subtle, quirky detailing—a signature of his design that has amassed numerous celebrity fans already, including Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Watson, and Olivia Wilde. This season, for Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring 2018 show, he presented block Persplex heels, graphic ankle boots, and easy, exotic slides—a promising sign of fresh designs to come.
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The Best Looks from Milan Fashion Week’s Spring 2018 Collections
Prada fans will have fun decoding the medly of references present in Miuccia Prada’s spring collection, but one thing is for sure – showgoers loved the clothes’ punk vibes and feminine touches.
Though Gucci was definitely an extension of seasons past, you can’t deny the charm of an ultra-chic leopard print coat.
The Alberta Ferretti show opened with a series of ultra-modern black swimsuits, dying to become a wardrobe staple.
There was a feminine turn at Fausto Puglisi’s spring show, after Fall’s more over-the-top collection.
Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s collection was light and airy, and featured subtle paillette and feather embellishments as well as lingerie-inspired pieces.
Transparent outerwear is officially a trend (you can thank Miu Miu for kicking that off for fall) and this Max Mara trench is a chic see-through option to try for spring.
Giorgio Armani is known for his tailoring, and for Spring, he envisioned the Armani woman wearing a relaxed suit, big shades, and sneakers for a laid-back look.
Perhaps the most Instagrammed look from the entire runway show, Jeremy Scott transformed Gigi Hadid into a giant size bouquet—a new take on spring florals.
Roberto Cavalli is practically synonymous with animal stripes and spots, and yet newly appointed creative director Paul Surridge created a tiger stripe coat that even those who tend to prefer a minimalist look could consider.
The spring collection for Emilio Pucci was all about a happy, pool-side vacation. This playful printed number is perfect for a get-a-way, while other looks featuring towels as hair turbans truly made us want to go for a dip.
As a special tribute to her brother Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace revisited his archives and took her final bow with these iconic women – Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen – in Versce’s iconic gold dresses. “Freedom” was playing from the speakers, and was certainly a show to remember.
The fringe bags, python touches and flat shoes were all highlights at Tod’s effortless spring show.
In their debut collection for Jil Sander, Lucy and Luke Meier started with the basics by opening the show with a series of white shirts putting their mark on the houses staple.
Angela Missoni’s 20th anniversary collection for Missoni was festive and celebratory.
In honor of the Etro’s 50th anniversary, brother and sister duo Kean and Veronica Etro decided to show both the menswear and womenswear collections together for the first time. On the women’s side, Veronica Etro sent out a number of charming all-white dresses, before moving on to the bold prints the house is known for. This look is spring’s answer to the LBD.
The colorful prints and voluminous silhouettes were the highlights of designer Francesco Risso’s second collection for Marni.
Designer Tomas Maier’s optimistic collection for Bottega Veneta was full of beautiful colors and lots of sparkle, shine and fringe.