Under the beats of a traditional Latin sound, “Cumbia”, bright yellow with geometric stripes of deep blue were the first striking colors that walked down the runway for the San Andres Milano spring/summer 2016 show. When it comes to colors we wouldn’t expect anything but joyous, deep and bold ones as the creative director, Andres Caballero is from Mexico. Although the silhouette of the collection was retro, because of his use of geometry and the way he placed the Swarovski crystals as embroidery, the collection felt fresh and modern.
Several prints were seen throughout the collection, but the one that stood out was repeated in various colors, such as dark blue, green, black and yellow and also on several pieces whether they were tops, skirts or dresses. That print was made of diagonal lines and in most of the garments, right in the center it formed the shape of a diamond. What was interesting was the styling but also the way the print was mixed with different colors. The long sleeved top which was green and white was paired with a royal blue embroidered skirt. Not two colors we would usually put together but it worked!
Then came the floral prints, seen on mini and midi dresses, but also on a coat put just over a yellow geometric print dress, as if it was a cape. That print was also repeated towards the end of the show but this time in black.
It was interesting to see how one print could be discerned in different ways if the colors changed. The first print that came out at the beginning of the show (yellow and blue) was extremely remarkable but when the main color was white it was completely toned down and would be used by a girl who doesn’t really like to take risks. But when it was black and green especially on the two pieces (a top and long pants), the girl look edgier and more confident.
Without a doubt, the San Andres Milano girl is feminine and edgy, but what makes her different is the way the designer plays with different shapes and colors.
Written by: Anne- Isabelle Saint -Pierre, The Dia Diaries Milan Contibutor
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.