Creative director Francesco Ragazzi gleaned inspiration for his youthful and cheerful spring men’s collection from a picture appearing his Rizzoli photography book on California skateboard subculture, called — like his fashion label — “Palm Angels.”
“It’s a skater guy that reminded me of Jimi Hendrix,” said Ragazzi, who then asked himself: “What’s the modern festival today? Glastonbury, Coachella…I tried to start out with the idea of kids leaving school and heading to a concert.”
His very wearable collection opened with sportswear and preppy looks — shorts, tracksuits and blazers — that increasingly got a higher, hip quotient with boilersuits and loungewear. Giving a nod to full-on festival wear were jackets with fringe or fur and pieces emblazoned with rainbow hues.
“There are a lot of references from ’69, the Seventies, Vietnam,” explained Ragazzi.
The strongest showings involved a clash of decorative elements, such as a camo jacket with Kama Sutra horoscope patches paired with floral trousers and a tiger-striped pom-pom hat.