Genny MFW SS16
Genny supports fashion for development. F4D is a platform launched in 2011 by Evie Evangelou, with Franca Sozzani as ambassador, to encourage sustainable growth in fashion and beauty. Her mission statement is to improve the public’s awareness on the quality of products which is imperative for consumers who invest in quality produce.
Genny’s Spring Summer 2016 collection pays attention to fabric and texture. The entire collection echoes the 1970s vibe. Beautifully cut floor-length dresses, plunging neck-lines, shift dresses with sheer sleeves and a classic colour palette exploring white and gold tones, with sequins that give the collection a playful look. High-end glam to the core including catsuits and dinner jackets with androgynous edge! There was a mix of understated sensuality and high-glam! A stunning collection that oozes a powerful sophistication; classy but fierce.
Simonetta Ravizza MFW SS16
The Simonetta Ravizza Spring Summer 2016 collection was very intricate in terms of style. It is very clear that her focus is on the use of quality fabrics such as leather, suede and fur. Simonetta Ravizza combines these fabrics together to create luxurious looks that epitomise the classic tradition of Italian fashion. Although generous silhouettes dominated the catwalk which can be worn as comfortable day attire, each piece oozes an understated sophistication for the women who loves high-quality pieces but who also wants a clean, and effortless finish. Sheer fabrics are set to be a big trend next season along with animal print combined with an earthy colour palette which Simonetta Ravizza brings to life. Her signature fur bags compliment her ‘burnt’ orange coats which would look great on a curvier shape especially as they cinch in at the waist. She is definitely one to watch.
Stella Jean MFW SS16
The ‘En Route’ Collection of Stella Jean is a great mash-up of vibrant colours, textures and layers that represent pure creativity and a somewhat magical genius! Her SS16 collection encapsulates as well as represents, the promise of deliverance – South America, North America, Africa, and Europe. Her garments are a salute to the traditional costumes of the “Ladies of Bahia” and the Brazilian Coast, flowing maxi-skirts, soft short-dresses, striped tunics and bomber jackets; all showcasing ruffles and motifs from life reminiscent of Adean style.
Les Copains MFW SS16
The new Les Copains Spring Summer 2016 collection is inspired by a modern Madame Butterfly. Stefania Bandiera is behind the collection who emphasises a contemporary geisha. Denim and jacquard embroideries are key looks for next season. It also recalls the natural oriental landscape; natural tones. Knitwear is in the heart of the collection. The classic ‘Made In Italy’ tradition is combined with touches from the Far East, and epitomises true elegance dominated by a classic lady who looks demure and sophisticated. Monochrome is making a comeback. Simple but effective.
Gucci MFW SS16
Gucci’s new front man is Alessandro Michele. The venue was quite edgy in style having been an exposed brick-walled warehouse; carpeted with Moroccan rugs. Alessandro Michele cleverly uses a mash up of prints and patterns with contrasting colours making the Gucci collection rather majestic. The message intended is to show that Gucci is being taken in a totally different direction. It is still a very classic brand in its on way but now we are seeing a more playful spin on the collection. Next season, we will see some major trends such as colourful prints and Russian inspired brocade which gives Gucci a retro-vintage feel! Very youthful: dainty dresses with ruffles, pleated skirt suits, mink coats featuring vibrant intarsias and a rich colour palette of an unusual mix of mint green, mustard yellow, red and neutral tones dominated the catwalk. Alessandro Michele has breathed new life into Gucci that appeals to the younger woman who wants to look retro-cool in a contemporary way.
Francesco Scognamiglio SS16
Nudity and all things sheer are set to become a big trend next season! Sheer fabrics such as soft silks, and chiffons emphasis this! The Francesco Scognamiglio collection has a real mythical feel to it. Models are seen with beautiful lace, tulle and silk against the body. Handmade hems create an exquisite finish. The great Italian tradition becomes memory and symbol to then develop into dress and decoration. “I firmly believe in the past and present Italian excellence. clothes and fashion represent a way of making our immeasurable tradition current and most of all wearable” Says Francesco Scognamiglio
Written by Natalie Robinson | Photography by Norman Peltier