Dondup’s creative director Manuela Mariotti explored the theme of nomadism and the creation of fashion under very different working conditions. She was inspired by Jim Naughten’s 2013 book of photographs, “Conflict and Costume: The Herero Tribe of Namibia.” The Hereros’ skill in assembling fabrics into spectacular patchwork costumes struck a chord with the designer. Silk and velvet were combined in elegant shirtdresses and a cotton and linen coat sported velvet revers. The fit was soft yet austere, and sophisticated raw-cut fabrics ran throughout the collection, paired with stone-washed, artfully frayed sneakers. Check-printed silk broke up a muted palette of cream, powder pink and blue. Mariotti also included looks in the brand’s core denim material that had high-tech needle-punched designs. The line had energy and consistency, revealing the group’s manufacturing capability and the edge of the brand, which caught the eye of entrepreneur Matteo Marzotto. As reported, earlier this month, Marzotto invested in Dondup, whose majority stake is controlled by L Capital, now part of L Catterton, with plans to develop the brand internationally.