ERMANNO SCERVINO SPRING/SUMMER 2015 MILAN FASHION WEEK

In Ermanno Scervino’s world, women must be feminine to the hilt: curves enhanced, body tightly wrapped in luxurious fabrics, teetering seductively on stilettos. No wonder that the alpha female Kim Kardashian West is a fan, not to mention such a close friend that this past spring Scervino hosted her extravagant wedding to Kanye at the Forte Belvedere in Florence. And no wonder that his business is also thriving: What woman doesn’t want to look like a sultry Italian diva, even just for an evening?

This collection was an affair of a different sort, though. Scervino’s goal here was a conscious coupling of two complete opposites: sportswear and glamour. Parkas came in a couture-like rounded shape and were cut very short to show long, bare legs, or else they were paired with bra tops and tight pencil skirts. Raffia was bonded with rubberized cotton; chenille macramé was intricately woven and embroidered; Panama canvas had a lush finish—these interesting textures gave the collection a modern luxe feel. Laser-cut neoprene was puffed up into crinoline-like miniskirts that were paired with strapless bustiers. There were vibrant shades of turquoise and bright green, and featherlight denim came in powder baby blue. No surprise that in the end, glamour won out; Kim will surely swoon.

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