Alberto Zambelli Spring 2016 Collection.

Alberto Zambelli Spring 2016 collection is inspired by the photographs of Seydou Keïta shot in Mali between 1948 and 1963.  The expressive black and white images are filtered through the eyes of the designer and are transformed into three dimensional shapes and designs for the wearer.

The collection features functional and protective pieces, normally confined to the masculine wardrobe, that takes shape on the woman’s body.  Trench coats are lengthened to the ankle with wide revers placed along the edge embroidered with tulle that effects a skeletal structure.  Macrame fringe poses naturally on blouses, shirts and oversize sweatshirts.

The collection purports a concave of details.  And Zambelli once again features embroidered figures.  For Spring 2016 they are placed on silky prints in which movement evokes a tribal dance.  The lightness of the silk brushes the body delicately along with belts made with velvet ribbons.

Macro embroideries on raffia draw architectural structures.  Crêpe cotton netting, with elegant indigenous engravings on dresses and skirts, creates a light chalk gauze effect. The Whipsaw stitching’s fluid lines along the leg and hem of slacks characterize a pajama-like pant, and t-shirts are elevated with a focus on the sleeve which stiffly molds into an egg shape.

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Nichelle Cole is the founder & editor-in-chief of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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