Fashion Designer Ermanno Scervino served up some elegant if lavish pieces crafted from duchess satin, silk georgette and waves of lace.
Backstage before the show, hemmed in by Rai TV cameras and Italian journalists leaning in to plant kisses on his cheeks, Ermanno Scervino talked about his tribute to the slipdress, ageless fashion and feminine strength. “Beauty isn’t necessarily about being 18 years old,” said the soft-spoken designer, who has always underpinned his sportswear with elements of tailoring and couture.
A few minutes later he served up some elegant if lavish pieces crafted from duchess satin, silk georgette and waves of lace. There was nothing slinky or even overtly sexy about Scervino’s slipdresses, which were heavy, rich and brimming with color and texture.
One, in a watery green duchess satin, was adorned with faded pink lace embroidery like the smudgy pastels of an Jean Antoine Watteau painting. Others were fashioned from scalloped tiers of faded red or sparkling gold lace, and had a flapper-like feel to them, while white silk ones had lace inserts and pleated or ruffled skirts. The latter were layered under guipure lace coats or curving, hourglass trenches.