You could draw a straight line from Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi’s resort collection to spring. Both were devoted to sporty, modernist separates done in the bright, graphic colors of Joan Miró’s work in an effort to fuse the art world, which has been a constant inspiration for their collections, while addressing what they feel is the desire of a new generation of women. “For them, the sportiness is not just a sneaker, it’s a dynamic attitude for their lifestyle,” Aquilano said after the show.
The color work and graphicism was strong with stripes, grids and silver and white color-blocking, and there were plenty of good pieces — crisp white shirts, boxy jackets and pants with sporty stripes on the sides. The question was, were the main silhouettes they relied on — boxy T-shirts, midi A-line skirts and racer tanks with full but fluid skirts — original enough to craft a brand identity as distinct and dynamic as the customer Aquilano and Rimondi seek?