Marco de Vincenzo morphed the lines of ancient marble columns into colorful digital prints that swirled across sheath dresses in patterns echoing the baroque splendor of the Palazzo Clerici’s main hall, where the collection was shown. Knits featured handwoven tubular braids recalling asps, the snakelike symbol of royalty in Ancient Egypt, hand-painted in shades of turquoise, pink, emerald and gold in a process taking up to 50 hours. “It’s a sort of a tribute to the workmanship we have in Italy,” de Vincenzo explained, adding that his inspiration was a “modern-day Olympia.” He might have worked his antiquity theme to death in this somewhat repetitive display, but a sober approach to cut kept the collection looking fresh and modern.

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