Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi are among the hardest working men in Italian fashion with collections for Piazza Sempione and Fay in addition to their eponymous line. But their display for Aquilano.Rimondi showed the duo at full creative throttle, with opulently embellished outfits inspired by the Italian Renaissance.

High-waisted silhouettes, ranging from body-hugging sleeveless shifts to pleated chiffon dresses, came embroidered with rolls of tufted silk, paillettes covered in tulle and rows of beads. Metallic brocades in patterns of swirls and acanthus leaves, spliced with ottoman in sorbet shades, provided a more lightweight option for day, though some of the cocoon coats and tulip skirts were unflattering. For sure, the influence of Gianni Versace was never very far, but Aquilano and Rimondi revisited Italy’s rich artistic past with just enough freshness to make it their own.

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