What does power dressing even mean in 2020? For years, power dressing for women meant borrowing pieces from the masculine wardrobe and incorporating it into their own. For AW20, ERMANNO SCERVINO proved that power dressing can be sequins, feathers and exposed skin. One thing has become very clear during Milan Fashion Week, Italians don’t start trends, they are there to catch you when you fall out of love with quick turnover trends. Ermanno Scervino’s latest collection looked at modern femininity and the juxtapositioning of femininity, mixing soft to touch fabrics, sequinned ensembles and ornamental embroidery with ultra-fine structured cashmere coats and jackets.
Ermanno Scervino creates beautiful clothes, that’s for sure, but what caught the showgoers by surprise was the return of what is perhaps the most offensive piece of clothing ever made, the jargo shorts. The jean short cargo culottes made a surprise return on the runway for AW20 and perhaps for the first time in history, someone has managed to make jargo shorts beautiful. The jargo shorts came with double gusset pockets on the front and was paired with a monochrome embroidered hoodie and a leopard overcoat. Ermanno Scervino took a big chance when he put the jargo shorts on that runway, and it was a chance worth taking.
The collection was primarily set in nuances of black, white and yellow, with sudden drops of leopard and red, what makes Ermanno Scervino so good is that through carefully disrupting simple silhouettes, altering them with embellishments, embroidery and cut-out techniques, we get to see familiar clothes in a new light, and for this collection, we got to see what modern power dressing truly is.