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It’s the week before his first runway present because the artistic director of women’s collections at Salvatore Ferragamo, and Paul Andrew is sitting calmly in the brightly lit showroom of the Florentine company’s headquarters in Milan, overseeing the casting. When he finds a model he likes, he asks his stylist, Jodie Barnes, to “throw a poncho on her” so he can see how she moves. There may be an array to select from, each lengthy and mid-size, made within the softest suede or in heavy cotton canvas lined with wild printed silks. The chosen few stomp in them, their hemlines swishing in tune to Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Woman,” a part of a playlist Andrew put collectively of the most uncool hits of the ’80s. With apple cheeks and boyish beauty that give him the appearance of somebody a decade youthful, Andrew, 39, picks at his poached salmon salad as he and Barnes again-and-forth in regards to the collection’s supreme woman. “She’s somebody who’s been up all night time partying,” Barnes says, “and now she’s received to get up and feed the pigs. However, you know, on the estate.” »

The show Andrew is so coolly orchestrating will mark not only his first foray into clothing since his vogue-faculty days on the Berkshire Faculty of Art and Design, exterior of London, but additionally Ferragamo’s first combined men’s and women’s presentation. Andrew joined the corporate in 2016 as the pinnacle of women’s footwear, a part of a troika of designers that included Fulvio Rigoni, who oversaw women’s wear, and ­Guillaume Meilland, who led Ferragamo’s men’s vogue and accessories. Andrew’s colorful, sexy footwear had been a direct hit, as was Meilland’s men’s wear line, with its elegant tender tailoring, featherweight knitwear, and sumptuous leather goods that mined Ferragamo’s luxurious design heritage. ferragamo belt for sale , however, failed to connect, and after three seasons, Andrew was asked to take over women’s wear, working closely with Meilland to create a singular vision for the brand.

“I was a little bit apprehensive about how it was going to work,” Andrew admitted earlier that day over breakfast at Milan’s Bulgari Hotel, his dwelling base when he’s not in Florence or New York, where he moved from his native England almost 20 years in the past. “But has been superb. I’ve been taking a look at among the silhouettes he created, each for the outerwear and some of the trousers. We’ve finished almost every fitting together.” In actual fact, since Andrew’s promotion, the 2 designers have met once every three weeks to brainstorm and share inspiration. They may even work collectively to create ad campaigns.