Sara Battaglia is in the mood for good vibes only — and certainly no one would disagree.
For her spring collection, she decamped to Villa Bloc, a stark brutalist house on the shores of Lake Garda, built by architect Vittoriano Viganò for French artist André Bloc. It served as the perfect backdrop for her collection, a redux of lean silhouettes and styles with sportswear inflections peppered with lively prints.
“I wanted to convey a sense of happiness and recall emotions that are linked to happy moments and good times,” Battaglia said over the phone. “I wanted also to project those reassuring vibes to the future.”
Prints reminiscent of Emilio Pucci’s signature swirls, which she first introduced for summer 2021, were hand-drawn by Battaglia and splashed across halter neck, body-con minidresses that would look amazing on today’s teenage stars, pajama-inspired separates layered under sweaters with dramatic hoodies nodding to 17th-century capes and off-shouldered billowing gowns that read off-duty diva.
Each swirl in her prints is intended to evoke dance movements, she said, and there’s no doubt customers are craving for parties to be back. The most daring ladies could easily attend one clad in an elongated top and flared pants combo trimmed with feathers or double-breasted suits with short pants rendered in rainbow-colored diagonal stripes.
Marking a U-turn for the brand, which by Battaglia’s own admission had shied away from logos until now, she offered a range of outfits covered in the designer’s last name, a pun on the word battaglia, which in English means “battle.” “A fight for beauty, for happiness and freedom,” she offered. They included full skirted trenchcoats-turned-dresses, cool and edgy leggings and a fluid silk shirt combo.