A new star is born? The much anticipated debut runway show of Daniel Del Core didn’t leave guests disappointed. The designer, who at Gucci worked with Alessandro Michele on the creation of dramatic, intricate looks for A-list celebrities, including Lana Del Ray and Björk, showcased a multifaceted, well-executed collection. While it opened with some serious sartorial rigor, enriched with a sensual touch, the show offered a crescendo of fashion excitement, culminating in extravagant couture dresses, a rarity at Milan Fashion Week.
The look: As Del Core learned from his latest boss, Michele, portraying personalities rather than defining a specific look is a winning formula in today’s world. The designer channeled a certain empowering 1990s minimalism with the opening tailoring looks and apron minidresses closed with bows on the sides. The eclectic collection moved toward eccentricity with gowns cut in a variety of silhouettes and embellished with precious decorations.
Quote of note: “I really have to thank Alessandro Michele for helping me open my mind and [who] stimulated my creative vision, letting me free to have fun and experiment,” Del Core said. The designer also explained that “this collection is deeply influenced by not only my professional background, but also by my personal passions, including nature that is a huge source of inspiration for me.”
Standout pieces: Sartorial suits worn with chic lace bras; power coats cut in sculptural silhouettes; jacquard spaghetti dresses worn with coordinated maxi duster coats; kimono-inspired maxi frocks with fringes, as well as an array of couture designs, showing crystals, floral appliqués and organic-inspired draping.
Takeaway: At only 32, Del Core presented an imaginative, risky, sometimes provocative collection that telegraphed a message of positivity for the future of Italian fashion.