Clothes that work for a modern-day wardrobe are, as we’ve said before, where it’s at in fashion right now...

You need to be able to and want to wear them – so being sleek, slick and functional are the attributes a designer should always have in mind. And Massimiliano Giorretti at Salvatore Ferragamo did just that today for an autumn/winter 2013-14 collection that backed up just why the company experienced a preliminary sales rise of 17 per cent in 2012.

Here it was sharp and controlled, architectural and precise: a wardrobe of navy, slate and black separates that had purpose and direction - to end up going home with you next season. There was a sense of the Sixties for double-breasted pea coats and little miniskirts worn with macs or short jackets, shaggy fur numbers or semi-futuristic tunic tops. There was an emphasis on the hips for belt-style ties and that architectural influence came by way of layers of lapels on jackets.

Tapping further into that Sixties sensibility (something we’ve been seeing since spring/summer 2013) came flicked eyeliner and knee-high boots – though these were more gaiters than anything and came with pointed shoes – and high roll necks. Last season it felt like the seasons had been mixed up but this time round they were back on track and the look was all about being in control.

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