MILAN — A women’s fashion designer, but also a singer and a DJ — Valentina Nervi represents the new generation of creative directors and fashion personalities with impressive and extended résumés.
Born in Rome, Nervi split her last 15 years designing beachwear, underwear and eveningwear collections for labels such as Ermanno Scervino, Roberto Cavalli and Redemption during the day, and animating parties with DJ sets at night.
Earlier this year, the spirited young woman decided to go solo and launched the Nervi brand, which last month debuted its spring collection of high-end, glamorous evening attire.
“This brand was actually born from my personal experience in fashion and also celebrates my biggest passion, the night, which for me means having people getting together and living emotional moments together,” said the designer, during an interview at Milan’s Riccardo Grassi showroom, which distributes the label.
Immediately catching the attention of luxury retailers, such as Antonioli, Ratti, Tiziana Fausti, Al Tayer in Dubai, as well as multibrand stores across Russia, France and the U.S., where the collection will be available starting in November, Nervi debuted at Moda Operandi on Thursday.
Completely made in Italy using luxurious Italian and French fabrics, Nervi dresses and evening looks stand out from the crowd not only with the bold, glamorous design, paying tribute to Seventies and Eighties icons, such as Jane Forth, Loulou de la Falaise, Diana Ross and Donna Jordan, but also with the sophisticated constructions inspired by the world of lingerie.
“I actually translated the techniques used in the world of underwear into the inside structures of the dresses, which, while looking fluid and comfortable, hide strategic supports to exalt women’s silhouettes,” the designer explained.
The brand’s first collection, retailing at between 1,000 euros and 2,500 euros, includes mini wrap dresses in metallic shades, ruffled short frocks, languid peplum styles and long slipdresses with plunging V-necks and sensual high slits, all crafted from rich jacquards, super soft sequins, Lurex, silk chiffon and flamboyant feathers.
“Since the collection is very much linked with the nightlife and the world of music, we are developing 3-D audio technologies to offer engaging virtual reality experiences to the women wearing my dresses,” said Nervi, who expects to present her second collection with an experiential presentation in February at Milan Fashion Week.