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January 24, 2014

Aquilano.Rimondi Spring 2013

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Credit: Vogue.com

While I positively swooned over their opulent baroque revival for Fall 2012, I found this more playful outing less impressive, but enjoyable nonetheless.  Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi’s love for colorful prints and architectural shapes is highly evident with this rather youthful spring collection.  And though I am not generally accepting of the more flamboyant collections frequently shown in Milan, I am much more tolerant of excessive print when Aquilano and Rimondi’s cutting technique is on clear display.  They make an effort not to let craftsmanship become lost in a fit of whimsy.  Certainly, their use of rich textiles and vibrant embellishments makes for a rather tactile, if dizzying display of epic proportions.  That being said, Spring 2013 feels rather directionless.  While I am sure they certainly stand out among the more grandstanding Milano shows, their display of creative fervor feels a little too immature for my tastes.  Again, the technique is certainly there. I am a particular fan of their empire-waist structure; the silhouette is intriguing without ballooning too far from the body.  However, this does not fully disguise a lacking vision.  That sounds rather harsh, and I would hate to end on such a negative note.  I am sure that their enthusiasm and whimsy can be focused in future collections.  And with their budding talent, this pair is certainly one to watch at Milan.

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