What happened to Fay creative directors Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi? Two of the most talented and sophisticated Italian designers of a generation seemed to have lost their creative impulse with this fall collection.

Everything felt too safe and familiar. Conjuring up a bourgeois British college-inspired look, the designers showed a plethora of fitted blazers with an equestrian feel, wool coats with velvet collars, tartan miniskirts and corduroy pants. Fabrics were high-end and cuts were impeccable, but they couldn’t mask a dearth of innovation.

Thus, one might ask: Does this show highlight the difficulties certain creative directors have focusing both on their own lines — on Saturday, Aquilano and Rimondi will present the lineup of their namesake brand — and the collections they design for other labels?


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