By  on February 26, 2010

MILAN — Romeo Gigli is trying yet again.

The designer isn’t letting his short-lived Io Ipse Idem project, recently shuttered after financial backers pulled the plug, dampen his creative spirits. Instead, he has introduced a new collection called XII XII XLIX par Romeo Gigli — reflecting yet again his fascination with complicated brand names. The Roman numerals stand for his birth date of Dec. 12, 1949.

Gigli’s partner in the new venture is Fuzzi, an upscale knitwear specialist based in central Italy that will produce and distribute the collection under license.

Besides putting out a namesake women’s wear knitwear line, which is carried in the U.S. at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, Fuzzi is the licensor of Jean Paul Gaultier’s knits and of Custo Barcelona’s swimwear.

The 35-piece XII XII XLIX line will be presented to retailers in Milan starting Feb. 24.

Though the price list still hasn’t been finalized and sales forecasts weren’t available, a Fuzzi spokeswoman said the goal is to secure about 300 points of sale worldwide.

Exploiting Fuzzi’s know-how in knitwear, Gigli worked his signature shapes, layers and drapes using cotton, silk and wool jersey that project a sporty attitude. Cotton fleece, for example, is bonded with silk satin and fashioned into elongated skinny coats with cowl necks while matte silk jersey is knitted into tunic dresses or egg-shaped T-shirts. Raw-edged felted wools are cobbled into shapely jackets, cut on the bias, or into bell-shaped skirts.

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