12 hours ago | By Lizzy Bowring
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A NEW CONTRAST
Paris: Emerging designer Corrado de Biase is quickly finding his ready-to-wear aesthetic, moving away from previous stabs at couture and toward an edgy tomboy look with broad appeal. Although de Biase is Italian, his F/W 12 collection is clearly at home in Paris, where fashion fans embrace wearable experimentation like sporty quilted nylon fused with schoolgirl pleats, puffy capelets topping silver brocade suiting and sheer tunics printed with ghostly plaid. Such interesting textural contrasts formed the foundation of the presentation and found delicate transparent blouses paired with boxy miniskirts, their long tails peeking out beneath. Feminine and masculine patterns also coexisted, with clean grids and plaids softened by floral embroidery and lace, a combination which seemed obvious but wonderfully modern in de Biase’s hands. Despite a few overly chunky silhouettes and difficult suiting, this innovative designer’s future is undeniably promising.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Slim / Boxy / Fitted
Color: Black / White / Navy / Silver / Forest green
Key Items: Quilted jackets / Sheer blouses / Fitted miniskirts / Cycling shorts / Slim turtlenecks / Chunky suiting / Quilted capelets / Apron skirts / Pleated miniskirts
Materials: Chiffon / Nylon / Voile / Silk / Wool / Brocade / Lace
Print + Pattern: Grid patterns / Graphic florals / Plaid
Details + Trim: Quilting / Pleating / Contrast collars / Contrast trim / Embroidery / Studded buttons
Accessories + Footwear: Platform loafers / Sheer hosiery / Leather gloves
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