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Marco De Vincenzo

This story first appeared in the September 21, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Designer: Marco De Vincenzo

Launched: The Sicilian designer launched his namesake line in March of last year after working with Silvia Venturini Fendi, the accessories director at the fabled luxury goods house. “Though I built my experience with accessories, I always knew that I wanted to design clothes,” said De Vincenzo, adding that Fendi was a great learning experience because of the mix of craftsmanship and technology.

Base: Rome, where De Vincenzo still consults for Fendi.

Creative spark: Sicily is a major source of inspiration, though never too blatantly. A print, for example, can vaguely recall majolica tiles. De Vincenzo opts for simple silhouettes with elaborate constructions and an Art Deco bent.

Spring highlights:
The second-skin attire used by gymnasts inspired De Vincenzo’s spring effort with lots of Lycra spandex and cotton jersey that he fashions primarily into elongated T-shirts and finishes with intarsia detailing.


Retail prices: From 200 euros ($295) for a T-shirt to 1,000 euros ($1,475) for a lace dress.

Showing:
9 p.m., Sept. 26, 34 Via Turati.

 

 

 

Leitmotiv

Designers:
Fabio Sasso and Juan Caro

Launched: June 2007. Sasso and Caro met in Bologna, where the latter, a Colombian native, was studying art and painting while Sasso was finishing a course in fashion history.

Base: Bologna

Creative spark: Transporting art, be it a 16th-century painting or a contemporary work, into fashion via colorful prints. “We start with a theme such as ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ which we like to reinterpret with a Dada influence,” said Sasso.

Spring highlights: The collection is inspired by Joseph Cornell, an American artist from the Fifties, with bold prints and loose shapes crafted from silk twill, duchesse and cotton poplins. The duo’s favorite silhouette is a slouchy black-and-white blouse tucked into high-waisted trousers.

Retail prices: The range spans from 230 euros ($339) for a blouse to 300 euros ($442) for a dress.

Available at: I Love Shopping (Bologna); LuisaViaRoma (Florence); Honfleur (Hong Kong); Trend (Bucharest).

Showing: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 25, Who Is on Next, Viale Scarampo-Porta Colleoni.

Mirco Giovannini

Designer:
Mirco Giovannini

Launched: Though he unveiled his first namesake collection three years ago, Giovannini is just now gaining international recognition. He cut his teeth at Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Base:
Rome

Creative spark: Inspired by the elegance of early 20th-century French couturiers, Giovannini has singled out knitwear as his focus. “Yarns are ductile and you can weave them into whatever you want,” he said. The designer likes to push the looms to churn out knits that could be mistaken for wovens.

Spring highlights:
Inspired by the rebellious Talitha Getty, the collection fuses Boho femininity with Rock Queen glam. A-line minidresses steal the spotlight, especially Grecian-inspired ones bordered with ribbons, ribbed, ruched or hand-pleated.

Available at: Antonia (Milan); Dante Cinque (Bari); Aishit (Dubai).

Wholesale prices:
Dresses cost from 150 euros ($221) to 370 euros, ($545) while pants, skirts and shorts are in the 100 euro to 200 euro range ($147 to $295).

Showing: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 23, 46/b Corso di Porta Nuova

 

 

 

 

Villador

Designer: Bruno Laurenzano

Launched: June 2008

Creative spark:
Laurenzano’s bags feature dainty couture elements such as bows and flowers, cherished by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and Halston. “I like my bags to have a retro Boho look and slightly decadent feel,” said Laurenzano.

Spring highlights: Laurenzano lopped supple suedes, pythons, Tejus lizard, macramé lace and hand-sponged napa into totes, clutches and a retro-looking shopper adorned with his staple ribbons and Magnolia flowers. Colors are neutral with accents of avocado yellow.

Available at: Matsuya Ginza (Tokyo); Milletrè (London); Harvey Nichols (Hong Kong) and Ratti (Pesaro, Italy).

Retail prices: From 1,500 euros ($2,212) to 3,000 euros ($4,423).

Showing: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 25, Who Is on Next, Viale Scarampo-Porta Colleoni.

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