Lavinia Biagiotti chose another landmark location in Rome to stage Laura Biagiotti’s fall collection: the Ara Pacis, a symbol of peace and prosperity, and where the company in 2009 presented an exhibition of Giacomo Balla artworks belonging to the Biagiotti family’s collection. Partnering once again with Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera, the designer asked ballet dancer and director of the theater Eleonora Abbagnato to perform with a group of six dancers wearing gowns in pastel colors as modern-day Vestals.
The look: Wearable, comfortable everyday looks, and there’s often a dreamy element throughout Lavinia Biagiotti’s designs.
Quote of note: “The Ara Pacis is strongly evocative and is a symbol of the beginning of a new era of prosperity,” said Biagiotti. “I called the collection ‘Age of Women,’ suggesting the start of a golden age and for women in particular, expressing themselves in the best possible way, whatever their role, in a new balance. I was always fascinated by this storied monument in a contemporary display, with a perspective that looks into the infinite.”
Standout pieces: Lavinia Biagiotti’s mother, Laura, was known as the “Queen of Cashmere” and the company’s expertise with this precious fabric stood out throughout the video presentation, as models paraded long and fluid dresses and cardigans in cashmere, in some cases with braids or embellished with a cascade of pearls and sequins. Belted coats begged to be touched, looking cozy yet luxurious as were the alpaca capes. The color palette was inspired by the floral friezes on the monument — marble white, which is also a signature color for the brand; the lotus flower, also a symbol of rebirth; the pink shades of the acanthus or iris purple — as seen in a demure blazer without lapels, vest and soft carrot pants. The new bridal collection was beautiful, with a stunning and precious lace gown, for example.
Takeaway: The dancing helped convey the softness and fluidity of the lineup. The storied landmark was also chosen by the designer to telegraph durability, and there’s no expiration date on cashmere coats and dresses.