Watch: Ferragamo Winter 2021 Collection + Film Imagines a More Utopian Future
With the past twelve months having so mercilessly reminded us of the harrowing position of our present existence, is it any wonder that fashion has suddenly taken up time travel in order to make its seasonal presentations? Dior, for instance, recently reached back to the 18th Century – specifically baroque Italian painter Caravaggio – for its 2021 Spring/Summer RTW collection. But Ferragamo it seems would rather look to the future, and imagine some possible quasi-utopia, as an alternative to the mess we have currently put ourselves in.
To be sure, the Italian fashion house’s Winter 2021 runway show allowed us a glimpse of just what may lay ahead for humanity. Brit Creative Director Paul Andrew had actually tapped pre-Millennium, new-gen sci-fi classics like The Matrix, Gattaca and Until the End of the World – the latter, of course, which almost came to be in 2020 – for inspiration; and the resulting collection was titled ‘Future Positive’ (we’re certainly hoping the future will be positive, yes).
And that future was then illustrated as a very forward looking runway setting, which then became a short film that hints at Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking masterpiece Metropolis.
Naturally, any reasonable vision of tomorrow must include efforts towards maximum sustainability. And so polyester dresses were fashioned from post-consumer recycled materials; footwear boasts metal-free leather tanned with plant-based materials; and accessories were made from upcycled pre-consumer offcuts and certified recycled pre- and post-consumer wool and cashmere. There are genuine principles at work in every piece, which is exactly what we are going to need if fashion is going to help propel us towards a more egalitarian existence.
“In fashion, the past exerts a gravity,” Andrew observes, “we are always drawn to it. For this season I wanted to invert that physics. The objective was to engineer a collection that sees the present through a prism of the future – unleashing a multitude of fresh perspectives. For ‘Future Positive’ I imagined the standard contours of today’s uniforms as fossilized remnants of a long-forgotten past, freed of all associations of class, color or creed.”
And considering the harrowing state of both human health and that of our dear Mother Earth, a sense of unity and determined ideology really should be a regular characteristic of all our current creative endeavors.
As Andrew so perfectly puts it, “This collection proposes new [styles] for a utopian future in which diversity and positivity combine to transform our world for the better. [We are] at a time when we must be united in our determination to reimagine, rebuild, progress.”