Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi showed a looser, sportier side with their spring Aquilano.Rimondi collection, elevating casual tops and dresses with noble fabrics and handcrafted embellishments.

“Nonconformist” was how Rimondi summed up the attitude backstage. A navy ribbed sweatshirt, its sleeves bristling with jet beads and black fabric petals, was cropped to show off a high-waist miniskirt with a palm frond and hibiscus print that was partially reembroidered with sequins.

Cropped satin tops in garnet, emerald or amethyst were adorned with couturelike details, such as stiff pleats and an elaborate bow in back. Other pieces featured prints incorporating Paul Gauguin’s paintings of Polynesian women. The lower half of the silhouette was more streamlined, with saronglike below-the-knee skirts, some with paper bag waists, alternating with tiny lamp-shade minis. The statement felt fresh, without straying from the duo’s quintessentially Italian feel for craftsmanship.

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