Posted on July 16 2014
Hey there pretty Birds,
Are you having a good week? We’ve been to the AltaRoma AltaModa event in Rome for the last 42 hours: High fashion, young talented designers, inspiring collections from Africa… Here’s a recap of everything we saw and loved.
1. “WHO IS ON NEXT?” FASHION SHOW – SS 2015
Salvatore Piccione of Piccione.Piccione won the 10th edition of “Who is on Next?”, the Vogue Italia contest that launches new talents into the fashion universe. His “precious” collection is made of embroidered pieces, strong graphics, enchanting prints, flowers, jewels and kaleidoscopic shards (you can tell he’s worked with Mary Katrantzou in the past).
We also loved: Daizy Shely’s collection (an Israeli girl, she was awarded the second prize) of dreamy couture pieces that mix silk, organza, leather, strong color combinations and feathers, feathers, feathers; Tak.Ori’s gigantic black and white hat (perfect for the beach!); Project 149’s red flower motif that adorned tops and dresses and Marianna Cimini’s “Suspended” collection of clean-cut graphic pieces with pansies-flower print.
For accessories – We loved: Corion’s refined, functional with a touch of subtle glamour handbags which took home the top prize; Giuliana Mancinelli Bonafaccia’s fun and girly plexiglass cuffs and clutches; Oscar Tiye’s sexy, elegant shoes – we’ve always been big fans.
2. VOGUE TALENTS – A VIEW ON TALENTS – Charles Phillip Shanghai, Isa Arfen, Marco Rambaldi
Three great Vogue Talents exhibited their collections for the seasons to come at La Veranda restaurant (some scenes from the award winning movie “La Grande Bellezza” were shot here) –
Isa Arfen – Isa Arfen’s designer Serafina (this week’s Summer Essentials guest editor) found inspiration for her 2014-15 collection in images of Tina Chow. Her creations are sophisticated, minimal and have an eccentric touch.
Marco Rimbaldi – 23 years old, recently graduated, he showed this debut collection for FW 14-15 at the last edition of Milan Fashion Week. Inspired by vintage photos of his family, his pieces are “the clothes of a once-upon-a-time bourgeois woman reinterpreted with a modern twist”. A great first collection, we love the special pleating technique he utilised on his skirts.
Charles Philip Shanghai – our favourite slipper boy showed what he has in store for SS 2015: neoprene slippers in a funky orange, white and blue leopard print, more military and flower prints, and a brand new super light-weight sneaker… Awesome!
3. BEAT OF AFRICA – SS 2015
Thanks to a partnership with with It’s Ethical fashion (ITC), AltaRoma brought African collections to its runway this season.
Our favourite was the work of Special guest Lisa Folawiyo who created pieces with intricate, sparkly and beaded decorations on Ankara fabric for a modern and unexpected twist. Artisans hand decorate each of her designs for exquisite detail and finish. We also liked guest star Stella Jean‘s SS2015 collection preview – strong and colourful, in true Stella style. The designer introduced also some menswear pieces and a new accessory collection made in Africa and Haiti.
4. YOUNG AFRICAN DESIGNERS AT ROOM SERVICE
We met two very talented ladies at Room Service, the event that showcases the artisanal collections of young creative designers in the rooms of the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora.
Anita Quansah, based in London, makes surprising jewelry and neckpieces, and handcrafts each one individually with beads, feathers and delicate embroidery. She doesn’t sketch, she takes some beads and simply starts creating. She likes to make everything herself and tell stories with the pieces she creates – and that’s why each one is so unique. We love her stamina and her smile.
Aisha Obuobi named her brand Christie Brown after her grandmother – a seamstress who inspired the girl’s own passion for clothes. CB is about sophisticated but easy-to-wear garments inspired by African art and culture. “I want to jazz up our culture and provide modern dresses for people” she told us. Alicia Keys wore one of her necklaces recently and she’s designed the costumes for all the dancers of Beyoncé’s Miss Carter tour. You go girl!
5. SAN ANDRÈS and ESME VIE SS 2015 COLLECTION PREVIEW
Andrès Caballero at San Andrès Milano was inspired by two worlds: Mexico, his hometown, and the city of Rome, where he lives. Romantic, intellectual and with a 1960s vibe, his pieces are colorful, with graphic lines and squares or brush – stroke flower prints on black and white lace. We love the multicolor coats and jackets in silk mikado.
Julia Voitenko’s Esme Vie has essential lines, sartorial finishes, a timeless elegance, and is inspired by the fashion of 1950s and 1960s, combined to a 1990s minimalist silhouette. The evening line that came down the runway includes chemise and trapeze dresses, as well as bodysuits, blouses and pencil and pleated skirts, adorned by rich floral decorations.
San Andrès and Esme Vie won respectively the 8th and 9th edition of “Who is On Next?”.
6. THE ISABELLA FERRARI – FORMA/ LUCE BOOK PRESENTATION. An event in collaboration with Bulgari.
On show: black and white portraits of Italian actress Isabella Ferrari, photographed by Max Cardelli, and poems by Aldo Nove (poetry inspired by the female universe and by women such as Marylin Monore, Mata Hari, Afrodute, Jean D’Arc). We loved the strong, graphic images that depict the actress in a game of light and shadow, making her a symbol of universal femininity, and the breathtaking venue – the Horti Sallustiani – a magical pavilion in a magical garden, designed by the Roman historian Sallust in the 1st Century BC.
(Part of the proceeds of the book will support the Save the Children foundation).
7. “WHO IS ON NEXT?” – 1OTH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
At Palazzo Braschi an inspiring exhibition showcases some of the work of the 45 guest designers from all the 10 editions of “Who Is On Next?”. We loved: Aquilano Rimondi’s embroidered and fringed gowns of the SS 2009 collection; the first “wave” pieces by Marco De Vincenzo (SS 2009); Au Jour le Jour’s cheeky dresses (FW 2012) and the elegant and refined creations of our dear friend Angelos Bratis. The exhibit is open until September 11, 2014, so if you’ll be in town any time soon we recommend you to go and see it.
For more information on AltaRoma AltaModa and the events mentioned in this piece, click here.
By Margherita Calabi.
Giulia Capresi and Isabella Venerosi contributed to this post.
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