May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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OUT OF AFRICA
Milan: After a decade-long hiatus, investors have placed the job of restoring Genny to its former glory into the capable hands of Gabriele Colangelo. The wunderkind designer presented a collection markedly different from his own, one that honored the label’s heritage while oozing contemporary sex appeal. Drawing inspiration from Peter Beard’s photographs of African wildlife, Colangelo dissected zebras into jacquard stripes and mane-like slashes of fringe; and enlivened a desert-like palette with touches of peacock blue and multi-directional fret patterns that recalled the work of previous consultant Gianni Versace. Suits were a major focus, ranging from slim, tailored capes and flares to easy wide-legged trousers and silky blouses. Most compelling, however, were slit A-line skirts worn over minis and body-clinging sheaths that both managed to be the picture of sophistication while expressing an understated, effortless sensuality.
Silhouette: Straight / Subtle dropped waist
Color: Peacock blue / Caramel / Sand
Key Items: Wide-legged trousers / Slit A-line skirt / Shift slip / Zip-front blouse / Bandeau / Tailored cape
Print + Pattern: African fret geos / Zebra stripes / Bark texture
Materials: Washed silk / Chiffon / Organza
Details + Trim: Horse mane-like fringe / Silhouette-adjusting zippers
Accessories + Footwear: Striped leather belt / Leather cuff
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