SUPERMODEL Claudia Schiffer must feel at home in the new Salvatore Ferragamo fashions. The loose cuts, natural fabrics and pure pastel colours should please the ''down-to-earth'' and ''family-minded'' catwalk queen, contrary to her glamorous image. Schiffer, 21, who reportedly pulls in about GBP5,000 (HK$56,000) a day, is now Ferragamo's house model - at an undisclosed fee - and has been featured in the Italian fashion house's new spring and summer catalogue. The German-born model, discovered in a discotheque in Dusseldorf by a Paris agency, has had to put aside her plans to become a lawyer and study art history while the beauty and fashion world clamours for her good looks. She has appeared on hundreds of covers, has been house model for ardent admirer Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel and last year signed an exclusive deal with Revlon to promote its products. The new Ferragamo range is sexy and sophisticated and the collection is lighter and frothier than in previous seasons. Colours are summery: pale pinks, lime green and sunny yellows feature in the fashion and leather goods, while the predominant print is the butterfly. ''Colours and fabrics are very light and natural,'' said Ms Bennie Lau, manager of Pantego Ltd. which operates the Ferragamo outlets in Hongkong. Essentially in silk and cotton, the styles are younger and more casual than in past seasons: jackets in light wool are loose, reversible and in shirt styles and intense pastels. These are teamed with singlets and black-ribbed trousers, with perhaps a light cashmere cardigan wrapped casually around the waist. Wrap skirts are also a feature of the collection, often worn with short jackets boasting pastel-coloured fringed tartan and a black body-stocking or crisp white poplin blouses. Trench-coats are long and short; lightweight wool-crepe jackets are worn over knitted sleeveless dresses and drainpipe trousers are also popular, mixed and matched with summer suits in black and white knits. Discreet embroidery on long and body-hugging sweaters is effective, with white cotton shirts and soft wool skirts, again in the summer staple of pleats and splits. A touch of daring is added with the low-cut bodices and hook front brassieres. Fabrics and textures are combined for fresh appeal: longer cardigans are thrown over skinny lycra swimsuits and tiny tank tops are paired with long flowing skirts. Eye-catching cummberbunds are in leather or grosgrain and fit snugly against billowing skirts or neat shorts printed with black and white butterflies. Body-fitting jackets in colours like apple, mimosa and aquamarine are edged in black and may be sleeveless. For more formal wear, silk trouser suits in wheat colours are edged with gold, and jackets and waistcoats are in gold lame, teamed with skirts or trousers in georgette. For a slightly offbeat look, there are fringed kilts in gilded organza and lame knitwear. ''This is basically work wear for the successful executive, but we find our customers are getting younger,'' Ms Lau said. ''We still have a lot of tai-tais, but we are trying to broaden the base for local customers. A reasonable range of shoes and handbags give excellent value for money, while the ready-to-wear line is for the more exclusive customers.'' Ferragamo began his career as a shoemaker, and the footwear continues to sell well. New to the line are black suede moccasins and shoes featuring hook and eye fasteners with black and white fringes. Especially sexy are the high-heeled versions with cross-over lacing. A new shape in shoes is the Bandy, a flat model with a wooden sole polished in different colours. This offers variety from the Vara model, a bow-fronted staple at Ferragamo, which has been around since the company was established. A newer Vara shoe features a sling-back style and a four-centimetre heel, instead of the standard three centimetres. In bags, look for the roomy, bucket-shaped model or the tiny styles in black and white fringed leather. There are also plenty of rucksacks and shoulder-bags. Shoes range from $2,000 to $2,500 and bags start at about $2,500. Knitwear prices begin at $2,500 and customers can expect to shell out at least $8,000 for a Ferragamo suit. Some of the ready-to-wear pieces and accessories are not yet available in Hongkong.