It's no secret that the fashion world is desperately seeking new talent. So Alta Roma and Italian Vogue tackled the issue with "Who Is on Next?" — a show aimed at putting new names on the radar held in July in Rome. As part of the deal, the three finalist firms — Albino D'Amato, Carlo Alberto Pregnolato and Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi for 6267 — were promised a spot during Milan show week. Here's what they came up with on Wednesday morning.
Albino D'Amato made good use of his degree in architecture by playing with shapes and volume, at times in an artsy manner. The Roman designer snubbed pants in favor of boxy dresses or flare-'n'-flounce skirts, which he paired with structured blouses with a Victorian edge or others with collars that fanned out over the shoulders.
A trendy fashion stylist, Carlo Alberto Pregnolato recently reverted back to his family's heritage: footwear. To enhance the shoes' labor-intensive workmanship, he kept details sparse, a strategy highlighted by the numerous sexy strappy sandals fastened at the ankle in white, candy pink and lilac. Teal blue peep-toe pumps and ballerinas came in between. Pregnolato picked the ethereal lingerie looks of New York-based Jean Yu to complement his creations.
Meanwhile, Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, the duo behind the 6267 label, strove to find a balance between the wearable and the innovative. Claiming that their focus is structure and details, they mined the Fifties and revisited Yves Saint Laurent with a cropped tuxedo jacket and blush pink chiffon camisole tucked into high-waisted pants, and a shrunken, crop-sleeved jacket with a scoop neckline over a long pencil skirt.
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