Purity, Individualism and Art are the three words that best describe the spring/summer 2016 collection of Aquilano.Rimondi. The sense of purity was instantly felt at the beginning of the show, after several models wearing white on white looks passed through the runway. They were all different because of the diversity of shapes, tailoring and transparency but similar because it was clear from the get-go the type of woman that would wear these clothes. This woman is simple, loves a well-tailored jacket and a little bit of sparkle every once and a while.
The venue of the show defined art itself, as the focal point was a huge replica of the Last Supper right above the start of the catwalk. What represented art in the collection were the flowers placed on some garments, in fact designers Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, were inspired by the aesthetics of Andy Warhol’s Factory and that’s where the white floral prints and appliqués came in.
Because the designers have based their color scheme solely on neutrals such as white, dark blue, beige and light gold, we get the impression that the Aquilano Rimondi woman is a bit morose. She is also strong as every often she uses leather, metallic, pinstripes fabrics to emphasize her masculine side. She is also delicate at the same time because of the touches of ruffles, transparency and pailette. We felt the spirit of hard in soft through the organza mixed with the pinstripes tailored jacket, the leather and ruffles and so on. What was mostly interesting was the placement of the sequins in the garments; they were used in such a strategic way that the outfits never felt extravagant. Everything was minimalist with a touch of sparkle every now and then, and ultimately it gave the looks more life!
Written by The Dia Diaries, Milan Fashion Contributor, Anne-Isabelle Saint-Pierre
Chandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.