The Aquilano.Rimondi show confirmed Italian fashion’s current obsession with royalty. Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi’s inspiration was a cross between Marie Antoinette and the holy women depicted in Italian Baroque paintings. That made for an interesting tension, with dresses buttoned up to the chin — in the form of raised velvet collars — revealing a saucier back view. A blue silk dress with a Maltese cross pattern, a recurring theme in the collection, revealed a curvy black leather panel in the back with eyelets running diagonally on either side of a zipper. The designers were at their most convincing when they gave that Gothic vein free rein, which they did in a sequence of black dresses that glistened with sequined and jet-bead embroideries.

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