CELEBRATING the long-awaited return to a feminine body-conscious silhouette, Salvatore Ferragamo's collection emphasises beautiful cuts in luxurious fabrics. 'We still have a classic look, and the trend this season is going back to the styles of the 1950s, but the cutting is more modern than before,' said Bennie Lau, the manager. Dresses are in two main shapes: straight or a body-hugging stretch jersey with a slightly flared light wool skirt. The style contrasts with the rest of the collection and the dress comes in grey and black. It has been selling well, according to Ms Lau. Fabrics see a revival of boucle in a number of styles, including an ensemble of straight dress and loose-fitting short coat, as well as regular skirt suits with neat short jackets. Skirt lengths are above the knee and a new knee-length style has a slit to one side at the front. Alternatively, small pleats at the back allow ease of movement. 'We have straight and flared skirts but the straight skirts are more to go with the classic slim jacket and the flared ones are more for the fashion look: for example, with boucle or wider jackets,' Ms Lau said. Full-length and three-quarter-length coats are in fitted styles such as redingotes, while crepe trousers are mostly straight and wide, worn with close-fitting tops. Knitwear is lightly elasticated to mould to the body. Shiny effects are created by varnished crocodile or lizard print separates and shirt-style coats, glossy satin shirts, soft leather and bright grosgrain. Linings and accessories reflect this polish in metallic shades. Viscose velvets add a sheen to evening wear, in which lengths skim the ankles and necklines reveal the shoulders. Brown is so dominant as to be considered a basic this season. 'The main colours are dark purple, fuchsia and lime green and we also have a lot of grey,' Ms Lau said. 'This collection is good for Hong Kong because the colour is 'easy' for Orientals.' As usual, Ferragamo has two seasonal silk prints: lotus flowers or a pattern of birds and flowers. The prints are used in blouses and as the lining for wool cardigans and quilted jackets. They are also mixed with knit in twinsets, which have silk on the front and knit as the back and sleeves on both cardigan and pullover. Twinsets are nothing new for Ferragamo. Indeed, it was ahead of the trend, as it creates them every season. In footwear, the latest Ferragamo collection focuses on recreating the elegant stiletto in leather, crocodile and suede for day; satin and velvet for evening. Among the accessories are dainty structured bags, designed to be carried in the hand or on the wrist, and mini-suede vanities sparkle with metallic flecks.