16Arlington quickly made a name for its young, playful partywear. Six seasons and a global pandemic later, the 16Arlington woman has matured.
That’s not to say she doesn’t like a good party or her fair share of feathers, but she’s embracing a new take on glamour. “We weren’t going to suddenly start doing loungewear. But we have to take into consideration what’s going on, and we’re doing it with easier silhouettes and more cozy fabrics,” said designers Federica Cavenati and Marco Capaldo.
Their starting point was the work of French artist Hubert Duprat, known for placing insects in tanks filled with gold, pearls or lapis lazuli, to create cocoons using the stones they were surrounded by. Inspired by the delicate nature of the insects and the idea of placing contrasting elements together, the duo played with unusual textures like feathers trapped inside silk overlays or cascading ruffles, designed to move with the body and flutter like an insect.
It made for a less straightforward and more intriguing interpretation of glamour that will certainly hold its relevance in the new world.
This forced pause also got the designers to think bigger about how their label can become integrated into their customers’ day wardrobes, too. They seem well on their way to finding the answer, with 1990s-inspired leather separates or the range’s hero piece: A fabulous black satin coat with adjustable feather-trimmed collars to suit our fast-changing circumstances.