Their Aquilano Rimondi collection was an Italian Baroque patchwork of painterly floral prints and gilded brocades in rich shades of pink, lapis blue and emerald green, recalling the rich fabric heritage of Italy.
Theirs is a more-is-more approach to dressing -- short bustier dresses with pouf skirts or oversized bows, elongated safari jackets with jeweled buttons, and print blouses with high, stiff collars. It was a visual feast, so much so that it was difficult to imagine these clothes actually being worn -- except perhaps to a Venetian ball.
Both collections seemed to be about woman as ornament. In the future, it would be interesting to see the designers temper their extraordinary workmanship and flair for the dramatic with a little more real-world practicality.
-- Booth Moore
Upper photo: Aquilano e Rimondi spring-summer 2010 runway. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times
Lower photo: Gianfranco Ferré spring-summer 2010 runway. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times