Patrizia Pepe presents a first-ever preview of the Spring Summer 2012 collection – LUXURY GONE BAD! – in time for Milan Fashion Week.
The idea is to affirm the company’s place on the fashion map, right up there at the cutting edge of the industry, side by side in the high-glam stakes.
Clips of the catwalk show can be viewed until the end of the September on the official Patrizia Pepe website.
Here’s the low-down on the style ideas that inspired the Collection…
Luxury reveals a rough&ready soul that super rock chic nails have scraped and scuffed round the edges to create an electrifying new take on easy-going elegance.
The architectural panache and art-deco symmetry of the 1930’s meets the glam aesthetic of 1970’s rock divas on 21st century fashionistas dressed to fly private jet from London to Ibiza.
Thin silk foulards, vestiges of the luxury voyages of eminent ladies of times gone by, are used to create intentionally imperfect one-piece garments featuring sophisticated vintage-effect prints oozing edgy rock chic vibes.
Long fringe trims and chain detailing make a striking contrast to the clean lines and suave tones of the structured jackets in woven jacquard.
Natural colour palettes (pinks, greys, beige, whites, camel, aquamarine, browns) are fractured by flashes of flamboyant fluos (emerald green, electric blue).
The minimalist soul that is classic Patrizia Pepe is given a new take and a new life with some exquisite detailing, like bows on trousers and quilted-effect biker pants. Tricot knit transforms deconstructed jersey jackets into cardigans. Nylon trenches get lace collars.
The glamour comes from the asymmetry and clever use of contrasting volumes. Extremely linear pieces from the front reveal unexpected flowing and oval lines on the back. Meticulously constructed bustiers dominate bodices and dresses alike. Sequins add sparkle to gossamer lace and satin lingerie in bras that will sit with grace and aplomb under a jacket.
Visible zips on dresses worn with chunky copper-plated accessories project a flamboyant, feisty personality. Volumes are softened by pleats, silk and shantung. Lots of room is given to ultralight jersey, viscous and chiffon.
Skirt and dress lengths are no longer in between, becoming either long or short, giving glimpses of a sexy, savage kind of women behind floaty thigh-length splits.
Rock and deco accents merge with noble nonchalance: rows of black sequins and beads echo the geometrical shapes of Klimt’s female figures. On the tone-on-tone version, a colour effect created by the layered fabrics, the sequins give the ensemble an iridescent effect.
Denim is bleach wash and distressed, the look is layered and 70’s feel, and the cut is destroyed or kick flare. Shapes are wide-open and fluid.
The leather side is covered by suede trousers, shirts and lace-up shorts. The classic biker jacket gets a luxury revamp with wide-open bell-bottom sleeves. Laser-cut leather jackets are embellished with leather flowers and studs, trousers are stretch nappa or laminated python-print and jackets snake-effect.
Accessories make no less of a statement, with leather plaits and crochet-embellished chains on soft leather bags… or glittery zips and zip pulls on minimal models. Shoulder bags get fringes, or micro bags get metal.
Sandals have killer heels or none at all, other have chain fringes or leather flowers. Foulards are printed, belts are studded, whilst coral, shells and crystal make for exquisite accessories.
Ritzy surges of glamour create a new kind of luxury with a classic heartbeat and a rock’n’roll soul.