Penned by Nichelle Cole
Francesco Scognamiglio gave a significant chop to the length of his gowns this season presenting dresses in mini-size. The sculptural lace and decoration was ever present but the Italian artisan revisited the idea of the “everyday dress” which gave his heritage brand a more contemporary twist.
A sumptuous collection nonetheless the designer was inspired by the 21st century new renaissance era circa Imperial China. Gold and pearls were reinterpreted on bright vibrant oversized blouses in seawater green and fuchsia. The loose-fitting pieces were styled as dresses; and realistically so. They could easily be layered with lace or ruffle inserts.
The designer cast a nod to the male world with oversized sweaters in deep colors in luxury cashmere. Double-breasted cuts were teamed with short-short dresses with golden fringe as an embellishment – though overt the lines were simple and clean and almost militant in fit- again there were decorations in the form of large pearls.
This spring 2017 offering had a sophisticated, blasé nonchalance in which Scognamiglio gave his woman a La Garçonne carriage that is aristocratic and irreverent.