Gianfranco Ferré is another one of those designers that I really admired back in the days, whether it was Ferré’s own designs, or those of Federico Piaggi and Stefano Citron when they took over, not long following his passing.
Ferré had a background in architecture and you could definitely see that in his pieces. I loved the sculptural, structural, sleek, clean lines. All the folds, the draping and the asymmetry gave the designs a simple yet complex look, and every single one of his/their creations was flawless (Piaggi and Citron really stayed true to Ferré’s aesthetic). Wearing Ferré made you feel powerful, confident and even intimidating (not that I ever wore any, but that’s what the clothes embodied). One thing’s for sure, if I was a celebrity, I’d be wearing Ferré’s designs at every single red-carpet event!
The company filed for bankruptcy some time around 2010, but a group of investors stepped in to save the brand. Unfortunately, after the company was bought, it appeared to have lost itself and eventually Piaggi and Citron left after 2 years (unclear if they left of their own free will or not). The new investors had a bit of a shaky beginning, not paying suppliers like they were supposed to, firing a lot of the high-ranking staff, and basically not following through on the promises made in the contract. Is it because they didn’t have the same vision for the brand’s future? Or was it all a bunch of BS and they had no real intention of any continuation for the brand? They said they had big plans for Ferré, so no one’s really sure what happened… Such a shame because the designs were SO elegant! I really do miss seeing Gianfranco Ferré during fashion weeks :( Oh well, I’ll just post my favourite looks from past collections every once in a while on Thursdays and reminisce about the good old days…
In the meantime, check out my favourite looks from the Spring 2014 collection below, click here to see the entire collection, here for more #ThrowbackThursdayRunway posts, and here for more recent #FashionWeekFaves!
Photos: Vogue Runway