Our fashion landscape is constantly changing. The commercial and traditional design desires of the past are only a distant memory, thanks to the fluctuating state of the world as we know it. With the ups and downs and twists and turns that accompany a more advanced and technologically faster zeitgeist, we are seeing more and more brands adapt and transform, becoming tunnels into the future. One of those shapeshifting veterans is Salvatore Ferragamo.
The brand knows the industry inside out, noticing what needs to be changed and where the future of fashion is headed. Leaping forward to shape a new now, Ferragamo’s latest Winter 2021 collection, ‘Future Positive,’ is inspired by the limitless conceptual freedom of science fiction. Think The Matrix, Gattaca, and Until the End of the World, pre-millennial classics that Ferragamo refers to to reinvigorate its sartorial sci-fi synergy. By combining those past imaginations of the future that have shaped today with the fashion house’s legacy of technical innovation, we are offered an alternative vision of the present – a collection that sees the present through a prism of the future, liberating a multitude of new perspectives.
The collection disrupts and enhances the tropes of the 21st century uniform, business and military to evening and sport, removing everything considered old-fashioned and propelling itself in a more upbeat, bright and youthful direction. . Imagining the standard contours of today’s uniforms as fossilized remnants of a long forgotten past, free from any association of class, color or creed, this collection offers new uniforms for a utopian future in which diversity and positivity combine to transform our world for the better. With a sensitivity driven by optimism and hope, he focuses on the overall health of our environment. As Salvatore Ferragamo himself said of his own work, this collection is dedicated “to all who have to walk – at a time when we must be united in our determination to reinvent, rebuild, progress”.
The collection is almost entirely unisex, which we see more and more brands, and rightly so. Thanks to its finesse and Italian inventiveness, Ferragamo’s pieces are built without hierarchy, as we see couture patterns mingling, sequenced with athletic codes and military-inspired details.
As we move forward into the winter season, don’t worry that you’re not prepared for the cold as this collection is packed with textures. Mohair knits and shirts complement heat-treated leather and wool capes, coats and parkas. Technical knits meet bodysuits while abstract, futuristic camouflage covers dresses and outerwear is dotted with irregular shards of fringed yarn. Translucent zip-up jackets dot the collection, bringing a sporty twist to Ferragamo’s archetypal aesthetic. Mainly monochrome, the Ferragamo pieces complement each other, with the odd sci-fi themed explosion of color bringing zest and daring energy to the range.
When it comes to shoes and accessories, Ferragamo has gone all out. Space hiking boots and sock diving sneakers are featured alongside rubberized clogs and a reimagining of Ferragamo’s iconic F-heel adorned with rhinestones. The eye-catching shoe selection sets you up for any intergalactic experience, with the recycled TPU rubber and the use of plant-based materials living up to Ferragamo’s promise of a more sensible approach to fashion. True to the futuristic spirit, the brand presents its deconstructed Ferragamo Studio bag and rubberized nappa bag, while a Gancini embossed leather travel bag with a pocket utility strap takes center stage. Not to mention the Matrix-y sunglasses to add the finishing touch to any fit.
Buy the complete Ferragamo AW21 collection here.