“Let’s get inspired by Gauguin,” read the headline on Cividini’s show notes. Could the knitwear specialist known for its subtle, Asian-inspired aesthetic, be making a U-turn into multicolored tropicalia?
To a degree. Yes, there were floral patterns and a sprinkling of hothouse pinks and reds, but the display remained very much in the brand’s spirit of quiet self-expression. The blooms appeared in the shape of 3-D appliqués on superfine knits, such as a long black dress that sprouted colorful starfish-shaped flowers, stylized patterns on intarsia knits and applications of laser-cut polyester taffeta petals.
Overall, the palette skewed more Gobi than Tahiti, with an abundance of beige, slate, blush pink and dusty green. Founders Piero and Miriam Cividini played with masculine-feminine contrasts, such as pairing pajama-striped culottes with a floral lace shirt and gauzy sweater.
Indeed, layering was one of the strong points of the display, as was the consistency of the brand’s aesthetic.